It took Maserati a year and a half to launch the open-top version of the MC20 model, but the revolutionary features that were installed on the car were worth it.
Maserati was the less-glamorous brand of the Ferrari and competed mainly against McLaren, and, unlike the prancing-horse badged car manufacturer, it offered a more luxurious environment. With the Cielo, the Italian carmaker provided a new experience, enhanced by the open top and hi-tech amenities.
The Italian brand unveiled the MC20 Cielo (sky) in the late spring of 2022, and even though it sported the same front fascia as the coupe version, it looked different from the A-pillars behind. Thus, a retractable glass roof that measured 5,268 sq-cm (5.7 sq-ft) was fitted with the PDLC (Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal) technology that allowed it to be transformed from transparent to opaque at the touch of a button. Moreover, it could have been totally retracted in 12 seconds while the vehicle was on the move. But that came with the cost of an added weight of 65 kg (143.3 lbs).
To create a better experience for the driver and the side passenger, the carmaker installed butterfly-style doors opened upward and forward. Thus, it could offer a wider opening for easier ingress and egress. The ice-color Alcantara wrapped interior completed the luxurious image, yet sporty thanks to the design of the sports seats. Moreover, on the seats' headrests, the carmaker offered as an option hand-stitched trident embroideries. Also, the car featured an adjustable steering wheel, which was not provided on the 2020 MC20 Coupe.
Under the hood, Maserati installed the same twin-turbo V6 powerplant as its sibling. The Nettuno engine, as the carmaker named it, offered a peak power of 621 hp (630 PS). It was mated to a six-speed automatic (dual-clutch) gearbox.
ENGINE SPECS - 3.0L V6 RWD (630 HP)
|Power:||463.4 KW @ 7500 RPM|
630 HP @ 7500 RPM
621 BHP @ 7500 RPM
|Torque:||538 lb-ft @ 3000-5500 RPM|
730 Nm @ 3000-5500 RPM
|Fuel System:||PDI (350-bar direct injection + 6-bar pre-chamber)|
|Fuel capacity:||15.9 gallons (60.2 L)|
|Top Speed:||199 mph (320 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||3 s|
|Drive Type:||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Gearbox:||8-speed automatic DCT|
|Tire Size:||245/35 ZR20 // 305/30 ZR20|
|Length:||183.8 in (4669 mm)|
|Width:||77.4 in (1966 mm)|
|Height:||48 in (1219 mm)|
|Front/rear Track:||66.1/64.9 in (1,679/1,648 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||106.3 in (2700 mm)|
|Turning circle:||38.7 ft (11.8 m)|
|Unladen Weight:||3395 lbs (1540 kg)|
|Cargo volume front: 50L|
Cargo volume rear: 100L