When Maserati debutedIn 2020, an Italian company said the new supercar was convertible and designed from the beginning to fully support electrical transformations. The MC20 EV is still a long way off, but the drop-top MC20 Cielo is finally here. Maserati’s new cabriolet, which debuts on Wednesday, is as exciting as the hardtop MC20 coupe. And to be honest, to our eyes, the roofless Cielo looks even better.
Mechanically speaking, Cielo is no different from its coupe counterpart. The MC20’s lightweight monocoque tab hasn’t changed, and the Nettuo twin-turbo V6 engine is mounted in the center of the ship. Cielo produces 621 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 538 lb-foot of torque at 3,000 rpm, delivering its output via an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. According to Maserati, the MC20 Cielo can accelerate to 62 mph in about 3 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 mph.
Cielo’s retractable hardtop features electrochromic glass on the top panel, allowing passengers to adjust the amount of light shining on the cabin. When the roof is replaced, Maserati says the action takes only 12 seconds to complete and is neatly stowed behind the cockpit. After all, the foldable hardtop mechanism adds 143 pounds to the curb weight of the MC20.
With the roof down, what is the shape of the MC20 really? You can better see the large buttresses that form towards the seat back, and the MC20’s design with the roof removed makes it easier to see the inspiration for the MC12. Internally, the Cielo is the same as the other MC20s, but with a new “digital touch” drive mode selector that incorporates all suspension and traction control adjustments into one screen.
At launch, Maserati will offer a special PrimaSerie Launch Edition limited to “about 60” cars, according to the automaker. These cars feature new aquamarine exterior colors and wheels with a white gold finish.
Official pricing figures haven’t been released yet, but given that the MC20 coupe starts at $ 212,000, Cielo is expected to demand a few more dollars. This still puts it in the center of the mid-engined supercar market and competes with the Audi R8, Lamborghini Huracán and others. I can’t wait to drop the top and get out on the road.