Somewhat disappointing for the most performance-oriented Maserati in production today, the MC20 isn't as quick as the MC12 at the most challenging racetrack in the world. A lovely chap by the name of Marc Basseng clocked 7:24.29 in the V12-powered icon back in 2008. Given that tire technology wasn't as advanced as today, his lap time is all the more impressive. What's more, Basseng recorded 7:25.21 in the Ferrari Enzo, meaning that the MC20 is a tad slower at the Green Hell than the Enzo as well.
The MC in MC20 stands for Maserati Corse, as in Maserati Race to us English speakers. The House of the Trident waxes lyrical about the GT2 racing version and the MCXtrema track-only derivative, but in light of the MC20's result at the Nurburgring, the Italian marque should dig into some humble pie.
Looking at the bigger picture, lap times will hardly convince a prospective customer to pick something different over the MC20. Pricing and the less tangible stuff like induction and exhaust sounds do matter, and the MC20 is pretty weak in both regards. While it may be thoroughly exotic due to its badge and rather limited production figures, the MC20 is too expensive and too uninspiring compared to direct rivals.
Another point of contention is Maserati claiming that its 3.0-liter Nettuno V6 is 100 percent Maserati by design. The truth of the matter is, only the cylinder heads can be considered Maserati-specific parts. The firing order is identical to the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio-spec V6, which is based on the F154 twin-turbo V8 from Ferrari. The 90-degree V angle, the arrangement of the cooling passages, bore, stroke, oil filter housing, and oil filter mounting pattern also indicate a ton of technical assistance from Ferrari.
Be that as it may, it would be an oversimplification to call the Nettuno V6 an F154 with two cylinders loped off and unique heads. The heads further sweeten the deal with pre-chamber ignition, a Formula 1-inspired technology that helps the twin-turbo sixer develop more power more efficiently.
Think 630 ps (make that 621 hp) at 7,500 revolutions per minute and 730 Nm (538 lb-ft) at 3,000 through 5,500 revolutions per minute. By comparison, the naturally-aspirated V12 of the MC12 produces the very same power at the very same engine speed. As for peak torque, Maserati advertised the MC12 with 652 Nm (481 lb-ft) at 5,500 revolutions per minute.