The Maserati MC20 marked the start of an all-new era for Maserati; one that recaptured racing roots and celebrated Italian craftsmanship, design and engineering. And now, following unprecedented demand and overwhelmingly positive reviews, the MC20 family is expanding with the addition of the new ‘Cielo’.
The MC20 Cielo is the open-top spyder version of Maserati’s super sports car, due to be revealed at a Global Premiere event on the 25th May. Explaining the naming strategy, Maserati said: “MC20 Cielo announces its sporting vocation and its special feature: MC stands for Maserati Corse (‘Racing’); 20 refers to 2020, the year that began the brand’s new era; Cielo (‘sky’) highlights the fact that it is a model devoted to driving pleasure in the great outdoors, while maintaining all the prerogatives of a true super sports car.”
No other official details have yet been revealed but expect to see Maserati’s in-house-developed Nettuno powertrain featuring in the Cielo. The 3.0-litre V6 engine features a Formula 1-grade pre-chamber combustion which creates a more efficient burn. This result is 621bhp with top speeds of 202mph and 0-60mph in just 2.9 seconds in the Coupé – likely to be very similar in the Cielo. Later powertrain options will be added to the MC20 line-up – both Coupé and Cielo – in the coming years, including an all-electric version.
Maserati engineers will have no doubt also developed an elegant automatic folding roof system for the Cielo, offering open-top motoring at the touch of a button. Based on an ultra-strong carbon fibre monocoque chassis, the removal of the roof won’t require much additional strengthening, allowing Maserati engineers to keep the weight of the Cielo low, avoiding any effect on performance and handling.
The Cielo will also be available with Maserati’s full range of Fuoriserie customization options, showcased recently on David Beckham’s MC20. His unique super sports car is a play on the chromatic opposites of black and pink, as well as the finishes of glossy and matte. The glossy black bodywork contrasts with the Trident logos in a black opaque finish while the MC20 badge and the Brembo brake calipers are pink.