NamWheels was recently invited by Maserati – for the first time ever – to the launch of their latest model. Alas, the international premiere of the MC20 was a huge online affair available for everyone. Here’s a not-so exclusive summary of what we saw.
It’s drop-dead beautiful
Unless the photos on this page are somehow not loading, you will agree that the Italian newcomer must be one of the prettiest things to emerge from 2020. Our rose-tinted spectacles detected hints of Alfa 4C, maybe a Lotus or two and of course, the trident marque’s own wondrous creations. What a blend. What a looker!
We especially love the unique design of its large three-spoke alloy wheels, the flippy-uppy doors, that floating roof design and its knife-edge rear brow. The epic proportions work from almost every angle except a slightly raised ¾ front view where the body appears elongated; but never in an unattractive way. It really is beautiful.
Compact and lightweight
Essentially this is a mid-engined two-door, two-seater sports car with hypercar credentials. A new type of combustion process is just one highlight of the monstrously powerful (630hp) turbo-petrol V6 engine which pairs up with clever aerodynamics and a carbon/composite construction for a final weight of merely 1.5 tons.
Other vital specifications include rear-wheel drive through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, 0-100km/h in just 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 325km/h. The manufacturer’s website gave us six colours to choose from – white, black, red, yellow, blue and grey – but only for South Africa. There was no option for Namibia…
Bella macchina made in Italy
There’ll be no outsourcing or platform sharing here, thank you. This is according to the MC20’s proud maker who tooled up the plant in Modena to ensure that this beautiful machine is 100% produced in-house. With no official representation in the land of the brave, we did not inquire about its price or warranties, nor do we expect to review a press car.
The nearest dealer to us would be in Johannesburg, South Africa, followed by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Brazil.