From the get-go, the Maserati MC20 was designed to hedge bets. Consider the powertrains: Launched with an interesting twin-turbocharged V-6, it’ll later get an all-electric version that Maserati promises will be even quicker. We expect all-wheel drive with front- and rear-mounted e-motors, and a range of around 240 miles, too. But a convertible version was also planned from the get-go, and it looks like that variant is now officially inbound—in gas-fed form, for now.
That’s good, because in this economic environment, there’s no telling whether a variant will get canceled, either from reduced revenue pain or supply chain issues. But it’s likely that Maserati mitigated this somewhat with a highly accelerated, mostly virtual development process—the company claims a full 97 percent of the MC20’s development was done digitally—saved some cash and helped keep a convertible version on the table.
With its large grille openings and huge rear intakes behind the doors, there’s little doubt that this is another internal-combustion variant of the MC20. That means the onboard Nettuno V-6 will pump out an impressive 621 hp and 538 lb-ft from just 3.0 liters, sending power through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission to the rear wheels.
And with the roof scoop in place, it’s also likely that this is a folding hardtop, rather than a soft arrangement, unless the scoop is a clever bit of misdirection. That seems unlikely, as these images came from Maserati itself.
Like the coupe, the droptop is entirely constructed from composites and carbon fiber, which should mitigate to some degree any additional weight added by the top mechanism and any reinforcements—although we doubt that, for a car designed from the start to be a convertible, that Maserati had to add any significant or heavy bracing.
The MC20 convertible—whatever it ends up being called, be it Cabrio or Spider—should be a blast to drive. The real question that remains to be seen is whether the eventual EV variant will be available with both roof configurations. Until then, enjoy this dreamy cloud-covered MC20.
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