It may wear the trident badge, but the Maserati MC20 was originally supposed to be an Alfa Romeo. The latter finally got its own flagship sports car with the 33 Stradale based on the MC20. That means there are actually two new Italian supercars that don’t sport a prancing horse or raging bull badge. This one made the trip to the Nürburgring Sports cars The newspaper’s test pilot put it through its paces for a spin around the green hell.
Driver Christian Gebhardt needed 7 minutes and 25 seconds to complete a lap of the Nordschleife with the MC20 fitted with Bridgestone Potenza Sport tires. How does the Maserati compare to other high-end performance vehicles? The same driver completed the difficult circuit in 6h58 at the wheel of the Ferrari 296 GTB and in just 6h54 with the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
Try tower instances posted by Sports cars with cheaper vehicles, the BMW M4 CSL did it in 7:17, so the front-engined Bavarian coupe is much quicker than this mid-engined Italian exclusive. Not that we’re trying to make excuses for the MC20, but the Bimmer had stickier Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires. A few years ago, Christian Gebhardt tested the larger and heavier BMW M5 CS with a time of 7:29, only about 4 seconds faster than the Maserati.
A few laps apart, the MC20 hopped onto the dyno after completing a blistering lap of the Nürburgring. Powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, the flagship comes with 621 horsepower. As with all automakers, Maserati lists the Nettuno’s horsepower on the crank. The dyno test nevertheless showed considerably lower figures, with 510 hp at the wheels. Reaching 621 on the crank would mean a power loss of around 18% through the transmission, which is a bit much compared to other modern mid-engined supercars. After all, many components can have an effect on how a chassis test stand measures energy.
Although not shared with other manufacturers, this V6 is not exclusive to the MC20 supercar as it also powers the Grecale Trofeo and GranTurismo, albeit in lower states of tune.
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