Maserati’s Gorgeous New MC20 Cielo Spyder Is Like Driving A Supercar Made Of Sky

The 2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo supercar.
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In director Federico Fellini’s atmospheric opus The good life, the roadsters play as central a role in the twisty storyline as its glamorous Romans. Could anyone imagine actress Anita Ekberg’s flowing blonde mane contained in a closed cut?

Channeling this theme to the free spirit, maserati just unveiled the MC20 Cielo Spyder, which extends the MC20 supercarin a more outgoing and seemingly carefree direction. Yet, as we learned during the car’s debut here in Italy’s Motor Valley, the new Cielo – Italian for “sky” – has, in fact, incorporated some rather sensible, engineering-focused ways to make your hair back an even more emotionally charged experience. .

The 2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo Spyder.

Aldo Ferrero, courtesy of maserati Spa

Maserati design boss Klaus Busse describes the MC20’s visual treatment as focused on “visual longevity and purity”, another way of saying he’s less concerned with frivolity and fashion and more about enduring looks. and purified. Busse contextualizes the modern Maserati brand in a way that goes against many conventional views. “Design is the second most important thing on a Maserati,” he says. “Technology and performance come first.”

Of course, Maserati has incorporated a number of technological innovations into its carbon fiber supercar. And at least aesthetically, in coupe form, the MC20 carries a hint of seriousness with its angular nose, determined midsection and subtly arched shoulders. Ditch the fixed lid, and the Maserati’s roofline retains much of its former elegance, adding only extra height to the carbon fiber buttresses in order to accommodate the complex folding elements below. In order to keep the rear deck from looking bloated, designers convinced engineers to reposition it as low as possible, which involved tactics such as repositioning the engine wiring harness to a lower position to improve the overall visual proportions of the car.

The interior of the 2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo supercar.

Performance-wise, the MC20 Cielo covers zero to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds and can reach over 199 mph.

Aldo Ferrero, courtesy of Maserati SpA

Like some UK-based rivals, Maserati has incorporated an electrochromic “Smart Glass” window that promises to block out the sun or let in light at the touch of a button. However, unlike its Surrey peers, Maserati’s system defaults to a fully opaque setting when the system is unpowered, creating a light-tight barrier as opposed to the competitor’s, which does not completely block out rays. solar. The polymer-dispersion liquid-crystal folding roof adds a bit more complexity and weight compared to what a non-transparent panel would, which helps bring the overall weight saving to 143 pounds. But the performance numbers remain essentially unchanged: zero to 62mph in around 3 seconds flat, and a top speed of over 199mph.

The interior of the 2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo supercar.

A polymer-dispersion liquid-crystal roof allows sunlight management in the cockpit.

Aldo Ferrero, courtesy of Maserati SpA

Responsible for these metrics is Cielo’s Nettuno V-6 twin-turbo which howls at 8,000 rpm and produces 621 hp, figures identical to its coupé counterpart. Although the car’s stability control systems remain unchanged, the suspension settings have been fine-tuned in order to accommodate the added weight. Although we’ve yet to drive the MC20 Cielo (watch this space for a first driving review), its athletic soul seems to have remained intact, save for a recalibrated active rear differential that could give some driving characteristics slightly more predictable. maserati claims the Cielo will offer best-in-class thermal insulation from the folding hardtop and a 12-second closing time at speeds up to 31 mph, providing a degree of versatility that makes it suitable for everyday use.

The Cielo’s roof structure might ruffle purists when the top is up, as the center section isn’t as streamlined as that of the fixed coupe. However, when the tonneau lifts and reveals a large trident logo embedded below the clear coat and finished in titanium, the MC20 becomes an intangible looking supercar whose spirit brings a little more sprezzatura than the sans alternative. alfresco.

The 2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo supercar.

A large trident logo is embedded below the clear coat and finished in titanium.

Aldo Ferrero, courtesy of Maserati SpA

The three-layer metallic launch color, dubbed Acquamarina, lends a subtly iridescent vibe to the proceedings, emphasizing the sleeker side of the model. The convertible doesn’t quite achieve the film’s languorous hedonism and disillusionment The good life, but it’s definitely a compelling way to let your hair down. The 2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo Spyder will hit US showrooms later this year.

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