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Someone at Maserati must be a huge fan of the foreign policy of former US President, the late Theodore Roosevelt. “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far, Roosevelt thought. Maserati is fully invested in this philosophy. If other Italian supercar brands like Ferrari and Lamborghini are heavyweight fighters who have mastered flamboyance and showmanship, Maserati is their quieter and more introspective cousin. Just as tough, as fast and as efficient. A little more discreet, that’s all. Founded in 1914 in Bologna, Italy, Maserati has had a checkered past, with owners often changing hands, from the founding Maserati family to Citroën, to De Tomaso, to Fiat, to Ferrari and now, finally, to Fiat- Chrysler. Group. Despite ownership of the Musical Chairs, Maserati continued to build some truly fabulous touring and sports cars, including the 1960s 3500 GT (and its much rarer cousin, the 5000 GT) and the Ghibli Coupe, the 1970s Bora, Merak, Quattroporte and Khamsin, and 1980s Biturbo, Karif and Shamal. Go ahead, search for these names on Google, and you will be rewarded with photos of amazingly beautiful cars.

As Maserati increasingly focused on high-performance luxury GT cars (as opposed to all-in-one supercars in the Ferrari / Lamborghini mold), they released the MC12 in 2004, the racing version of which competed in the prestigious FIA GT championship. The MC12 was loosely based on the Enzo Ferrari and was powered by a 6.0-liter V12 producing 620 horsepower. The car, of which only 50 examples were produced for road use, could accelerate from zero to 100 km / h in 3.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 330 km / h. The MC12 GT1 won the FIA ​​GT Manufacturers Cup in 2005, and Maserati subsequently stopped producing the MC, choosing to focus on its other cars rather than investing millions in building a successor to the MC12.

So far, that is. The Italian company recently unveiled the MC20, Maserati’s first true supercar after the MC12. Unlike the MC12, which used a modified version of Enzo Ferrari’s V12, the MC20 is powered by Maserati’s own “Nettuno” engine; a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that produces 630 horsepower and 730 Nm of torque. Weighing less than 1,500 kg, the MC20 can accelerate from zero to 100 km / h in less than 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed of over 325 km / h. And it can stop just as hard, going from 100 km / h to zero in just 33 meters. Even the fuel economy, at around 9 km / h, isn’t exactly too bad, although we don’t really think too many Maser owners would be bothered by such concerns for pedestrians.

Of course, the MC20 isn’t just ready, it’s a host of shows too. And how. With its butterfly hinged doors, sleek lines and muscular, aggressive stance, this is a cleanly garish Italian ‘look at me’ supercar that will get you all the attention you crave. That it is also exceptionally aerodynamic and has a drag coefficient of less than 0.38 is almost a coincidence; For most Maserati owners, the stunning beauty and luxurious interior of the MC20 will be the most important elements, and rightly so. This is a new-age Maserati so of course the MC20 has an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (which still transfers power to the rear wheels only, thank you god), and a full complement electronic driving aids, including latest generation anti-lock brakes, multimode traction control and stability control, etc. Inside there’s the inevitable ‘infotainment’, with two 10-inch color touchscreens, full smartphone connectivity, navigation, WiFi hotspot, Alexa integration and even a Maserati Connect app that works via smartphone. or smartwatch.

Maserati MC20.

Maserati has been officially present in India since 2011 and plans to increase its presence here in the near future. Its entire lineup, including the Ghibli, Levante, Quattroporte and, yes, the MC20, will be available here. Pricing has yet to be announced, but estimated prices in the US are around $ 200,000 or Rs.147 crore. Add import duties to that and you are looking for a supercar that sure won’t come cheap. However, if you are a little bored with your Ferrari 458 or Porsche 911 and are looking to get your hands on something newer and a little more exclusive, you might want to call your nearest Maserati dealership now. .

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