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      09-08-2020 04:35 PM #1
      If anyone remembers, this was originally going to an Alfa Romeo. I think it looks great if not immediately recognizable as a Maserati. I will replace these pictures with the official ones along with specs when they're released.

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      Quote Originally Posted by CNET
      There's a fine line between a brand with strong heritage and one that's maybe getting just a little bit stuffy. Lately, Maserati is slipping dangerously close to that latter category, but today, with this car, that could all change. Making its debut Wednesday, the MC20 is Maserati's first new supercar in 16 years, and an all-important shot of modernity for a company in desperate need of something fresh and new.


      Concept
      The MC20 is a very different thing from 2004's Ferrari Enzo-based MC12. Much more demure, for one. Designed and engineered in-house, it has an understated, modern supercar look to it that we're quite fond of. The MC20 is a bit plain, especially compared with the MC12, but there's also something vaguely futuristic about it, with really only that gaping nose giving a link to other Maseratis on the road -- well, that and the cheeky trident cut into the rear decklid. (Not our favorite styling cue, if we're honest.)

      The MC20 is a marriage of artistic design and aerodynamic sensibilities, and Maserati thoughtfully color-coded those different elements. The parts of the car that are white? That's where the designers made the final call. The darker parts along the bottom? All driven by efficiency and performance. That white, by the way, is called Bianco Audace, or "white boldness," which Maserati says was designed to "evoke the gleam of quarried marble, struck by the light of a Mediterranean sunset."

      The body of the car is simple and clean, with neither a giant wing hanging off the back nor a splitter protruding from the front. Vents and intakes are kept to a minimum, with the most aggressive visual component, the rear diffuser, cloaked in raw carbon fiber.

      All that wraps a custom carbon monocoque tub developed with race car chassis expert Dallara. Interestingly, the chassis was designed to support three versions. The first is the coupe you see here, while a retractable hardtop Spider flavor is coming next. The third version will be electric, making room for batteries in the same basic layout, with only the layout of the carbon filaments changing. No ETA on that, though.

      Power
      The initial coupe will get a 90-degree, twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V6 making 621 horsepower. Maserati says this engine, called Nettuno, is fully new, and we can't help but think the engineers were targeting that power figure. That's exactly the same power output as the MC12, though it needed twice the cylinders and displacement to achieve it. While forced induction is the major driver of that increase in relative output, the company also credits what it calls Maserati Twin Combustion. It's a sort of precombustion chamber that helps for more efficient combustion within the engine.

      Power gets to the rear wheels through an eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission and a mechanically locking rear differential. The weight of the entire package is 3,306 pounds, which Maserati says gives it a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio. What class is it? Well, with a starting price of $210,000, we're talking things like the epic McLaren 570GT. Strong competition, to say the least.

      The suspension is a dual-wishbone setup front and rear, with a semivirtual steering layout designed to reduce scrub angle and increase steering feel and response. The brakes are Brembo carbon ceramic units with six pistons at the front and four at the rear.

      Interior
      The interior of the MC20, accessed via doors that open the right way, strikes a blend between race-focused minimalism and the needs of day-to-day motoring. This is best seen on the steering wheel, which the marketing release says features "only essential" buttons and controls. Somehow, launch control and cruise control make the cut. The mode dial, however, is relegated to the center console.

      Dual, 10-inch displays serve as the gauge cluster and infotainment system, powered by Android Automotive, like on the new Polestar 2. This software will give easy access to all your smart home needs while also providing a clean, simple user interface, here rebranded as Maserati Touch Control Plus MIA. MIA, by the way, is Maserati's Intelligent Assistant. Yes, another smart assistant for your modern world.

      Maserati promises almost 5.3 cubic feet of storage in both a trunk and a frunk. That's small, yet a big step up from the MC12, which didn't even have a trunk. It's also yet another sign that the MC20 is a very different car, something intended for daily use, something that'll be as good to drive on the road as it is on the track.

      And the track is a very key component here, with the MC20 release promising the car will "take Maserati back to the world of racing." That is excellent news for sure, but it seems we'll have to wait a little longer for the details of where and when. We're similarly in the dark about how much this beauty will cost or when lucky fans of the trident might be able to bring one home. We certainly hope we'll see a few more of these than we did the MC12. Maserati only ever built 50 of those for the road.
















      Last edited by TangoRed; 09-09-2020 at 03:29 PM.
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      09-08-2020 04:55 PM #2
      Wow. It looks more like an Alfa than a Maserati, and that's not a complaint. Why the brand change?

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      09-08-2020 05:02 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by silverspeedbuggy View Post
      Wow. It looks more like an Alfa than a Maserati, and that's not a complaint. Why the brand change?
      FCA was feeling bad about how half-assed the rebirth of Maserati has been carried out so they're giving them some high-end metal to sell. In addition, this car is effectively taking the place of the Alfieri, which was cancelled because of the weak GT market. Classic GTs aren't selling so a more sport-focused model got the green light.
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      09-08-2020 05:10 PM #4
      These photos are pretty grainy, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow to see the real images of the TC20 by Maserati.


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      09-08-2020 05:16 PM #5
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      09-08-2020 05:22 PM #6
      Definitely nice but I don't see myself getting promoted to Executive Band within the next 10 years so unobtainium for me.

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      09-08-2020 07:26 PM #7
      The shape is great. Front-end and wheels are meh. 10/10 for the effort.

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      09-08-2020 07:51 PM #8
      What price range is thing going to be in?

      Like a 911 competitor or a McLaren GT competitor?

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      09-08-2020 07:54 PM #9
      A few more pics.





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      09-08-2020 09:19 PM #10
      Looks pretty decent. Crowded field though:

      - R8
      - 992 Turbo
      - NSX
      - Corvette Zxx
      - McLaren 570S/GT

      Not to mention the outliers like the Vantage, AMG GT, F8, Huracan, and 720S.

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      09-08-2020 09:32 PM #11
      Looks very Un-Italian to me. Somewhere between a Jaguar and an Audi.
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      Was it parked on the curb on garbage day?

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      09-08-2020 09:32 PM #12
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      09-08-2020 09:42 PM #13
      Generic.

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      09-08-2020 09:44 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by BlakeV View Post
      The shape is great. Front-end and wheels are meh. 10/10 for the effort.
      To each their own: I love the wheels.

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      09-08-2020 10:03 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by wuman82 View Post
      What price range is thing going to be in?

      Like a 911 competitor or a McLaren GT competitor?
      Price overreach is all the rage so I'm expecting a starting MSRP in the high 100s and cars on the dealer lots in the low to mid 2s. At least to start.
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      09-08-2020 10:18 PM #16
      Cant believe some are saying this doesnt look like a Maserati?




      The New one is less of a one off special and more of a liveable Super car than its predecessor. Like the MC12, This Car will go into Racing to kick off Maserati's Racing Program called Maserati Corse,

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      09-09-2020 12:38 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by silverspeedbuggy View Post
      Wow. It looks more like an Alfa than a Maserati, and that's not a complaint. Why the brand change?
      Considering there were still brand new 2016 4Cs on the lot around here this spring, probably best to let Maserati have this one IMO
      "If you no longer go for a gap that exists, you're no longer a racing driver."

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      09-09-2020 01:45 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by MGQ View Post
      Considering there were still brand new 2016 4Cs on the lot around here this spring, probably best to let Maserati have this one IMO
      Alfa being a premium Sports brand, a Exotic Super car isnt what they need as a Halo, Thats what the Giulia Q is for, after all they are the originators of the Sports Sedan right?. Maserati is a Luxury/Exotic car brand, They need Grand Tour's, Luxury Sedans and a Halo Exotic. Im pretty sure FCA knew this from the jump. people only Speculated a Alfa Supercar and that made everyone believed they were in fact making one...1000 false's on the internet equals a Truth.

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      09-09-2020 02:44 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by silverspeedbuggy View Post
      Why the brand change?
      The product was inevitably going to be in a price point that's rather Maserati territory than Alfa?

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      09-09-2020 03:12 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      These photos are pretty grainy, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow to see the real images of the TC20 by Maserati.

      slow golf clap to this.
      Party time, excellent.

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      09-09-2020 03:22 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by vb22 View Post
      A few more pics.

      Looks rather small, is it based on the 4C at all? Does anyone know the expected engine(s)?

      Is the real problem not that Lancia, Alfa, Maserati and Ferrari would have been competitors in many spheres originally but now they are being neutered so as not to trample on Ferrari's and each other's toes? It's sad TBH because all these marques have rather fabled histories.
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      09-09-2020 04:10 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Tomaz View Post
      Cant believe some are saying this doesnt look like a Maserati?


      LOL, ironic

      As far as the MC20; paint it red and swap the trident with Alfa badge, and its basically a less stubby, next gen 4C.

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      09-09-2020 07:44 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      These photos are pretty grainy, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow to see the real images of the TC20 by Maserati.

      How did they get the FWD system working?

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      09-09-2020 07:45 AM #24
      V6 turbo in this thing I believe.

      It looks good. Nothing offensive on it, but no part of the design pulls me in either. I also see the Jaguar comparison.

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      09-09-2020 08:06 AM #25
      Looks like an NSX and every other mid engine supercar...

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