Maserati’s V6 supercar pays tribute to V12 icon

Posted on June 19, 2024Comments Off on Maserati’s V6 supercar pays tribute to V12 icon

Maserati has introduced two new special vehicles based on its MC20 supercar, inspired by an icon from the past in celebration of 20 years since the brand made its long-awaited return to motorsport.

Limited to 20 examples each, the Icona and Leggenda have been draped in special liveries and fitted with multiple tasty Maserati accents in homage to the iconic MC12 supercar, inspired the creation of the Maserati MC20 in 2020.

Maserati’s MC20 Icona takes after the road-going MC12 Stradale, while the Leggenda has been inspired by the MC12 GT1 race car’s striking Vitaphone livery.

The latter racked up 27 wins in various FIA’s GT Championship, six teams’ championships with Vitaphone Racing, and five drivers’ championships – including two GT1 World Championships and two constructors’ championships for Maserati.

The colours worn by the MC20 Icona match the Bianco Audace Matte and Blue Stradale livery worn by the MC12 Stradale, with additional details from the Fuoriserie personalisation program.

Those include the placement of the Fuoriserie logo in Bianco Audace on the rear wheels, and the Italian flag positioned on the door below the MC20 lettering.

The MC20 is produced in Italy and is allowed to wear the Italian Tricolore as a result, unlike certain other Stellantis models.

The Icona’s wheels are detailed by silver centre caps wearing a blue Maserati Trident, while blue brake calipers can be found behind the chrome-plated spokes.

Maserati has also added mirrors with an auto-dimming function and topped it all off with a carbon fibre engine cover.

The MC20 Leggenda’s livery is made up of Nero Essenza and Digital Mint Matte to mimic the design worn by the MC12 GT1 under the Vitaphone Racing team, which delivered the previously-mentioned endurance competition success that included three wins at the 24 Hours of Spa.

Fuoriserie features on the Leggenda include trident wheels in Nero Lucido with Nero Opaco and Trident Digital Mint centre caps, yellow Trident logos on the front grille, doors, and C-pillar, and black brake calipers.

The Fuoriserie package adds racing interiors to both cars, which comprises lightweight four-way monocoque racing seats trimmed in either Nero/Blu or Nero with model-specific Trident embroidery.

Other features on both cars include a carbon fibre interior package, electronic limited-slip differential, and suspension lifters.

The 2004 MC12 Stradale was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and fitted a V12 engine – and most of the chassis – from a Ferrari Enzo.

20 years on, it’s still the fastest production car Maserati has ever produced, with a top speed of 330km/h and a 0-100km/h time of 3.8 seconds.

Only 50 examples were built, and its Nürburgring lap time still hasn’t been beaten by the much newer MC20, despite the successor’s inclusion of a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 which produces 463kW – identical to the MC12.

The MC20 is capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 325km/h.

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