Maserati’s new mid-engined supercar is a much-needed shot of modernity for this storied brand.
There’s a fine line between a brand with strong heritage and one that’s maybe getting just a little bit stuffy. Lately, Maserati has been slipping dangerously close to that latter category, but today, with this car, that could all change. Making its debut Wednesday, the 2021 Maserati MC20 is the Italian automaker’s first new supercar in 16 years, an all-important shot of modernity for a company in desperate need of something fresh and new.
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 that we’re quite fond of. The MC20 is arguably 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 (which isn’t our favorite styling cue, if we’re being honest). The MC20 is also very different than the recently departed GranTurismo Coupe, which was larger and more of a grand tourer.