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A Closer Look at The 2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo

2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo

When you hear the word Maserati, you automatically know that the automobile in question is going to be something special. That being said, it's hard to imagine that anyone could have accurately anticipated just exactly how special the 2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo would actually be. These days, so many cars are just identical examples of virtually everything else on the road, only with a different name plate attached. That's even the case in the world of a lot of high-dollar performance cars. If you want to be brutally honest about things, it would be hard to argue with the statement that most cars produced today look more or less the same and even perform in much the same way, provided they're in the same class. That makes a car like this even more special because when you do see it, you immediately recognize that there's something different about it. The more you dive into how the car was made and what it's capable of doing, the more you realize you're onto something that isn't like anything else on the market.

Talk About Performance

If you have any doubts about the fact that this car is different from its competitors, all you have to do is look at its power plant, a twin turbocharged 3.0 L V6 that features a pre-combustion chamber. Why does all that matter so much? At 7,500 RPM, the car is capable of producing no less than 621 horsepower. Keep in mind, you're using all of those horses to move a car that weighs barely more than 3,000 pounds. In fact, Maserati says that the vehicle weighs somewhere between 3,300 and 3,500 pounds. If you have all of that horsepower going to the wheels on a car that light, it's definitely going to get your attention. Speaking of getting power to the wheels, this car is capable of delivering 538 ft-lb of torque when it's only running at 3000 RPM. Let that one sink in for a minute. Like a lot of high performance cars, it's a rear wheel drive vehicle, giving all the power directly to the back tires in order to propel the car as quickly as possible. All of this power is married to a dual-clutch automatic transmission that has eight (count them, 8) different speeds. By now, savvy car owners are probably salivating, and they should be. All of these different things combine to create a vehicle that's capable of going from 0 to 60 in less than three seconds. If you're a bit of an adrenaline junkie and you really want to kick things up a notch or two, you can get the car to 124 mph in just over nine seconds. You've heard people talk about trying to outrun the devil in movies and other forms of popular culture. This is a car that would practically allow you to do exactly that. It's no wonder that so many lovers of luxury and high-performance cars have had this one on the radar for some time.

Features That Make You Feel Like Your in a Sci-Fi Film

If the performance aspect of this car doesn’t excite you, you might want to check your pulse. However, Maserati didn't stop with the high-performance end of things. There is more to this car than how fast it can go. It actually incorporates one of the most unique systems that you're likely to see on any automobile currently in production. As a matter of fact, it might be something that you won't see on anything else for quite some time. This particular car is based off of the coupe that was introduced last year but in this case, you're talking about a convertible. The thing is, it's not just any convertible. It actually has a glass roof that's capable folding and completely disappearing from sight in only about 12 seconds, all with the push of a single button. A glass roof that's capable of folding is enough to get most people's attention all by itself. The thing is, this one can actually do something much more interesting. Remember how it can be raised and lowered with the touch of a single button? By touching another button, you can take the glass roof from clear to opaque, all through the use of an electric current that runs through the glass itself. Let's say that you're in the mood to see the birds, the sky and all the clouds as you race down the road. You can either fold the top back or keep it in place, allowing it to be completely clear so you can see everything you want to see. If you prefer a little more privacy, all you have to do is push the button and the next thing you know, the glass becomes opaque. It's something that people have seen for years in science fiction programs, but in this particular case, it's very much a reality.

Luxury That Doesn’t Sacrifice Performance

It's not just the leather seats that are tilted back at just the right angle or the fact that you have everything at your fingertips at the push of a button. It's not even solely about the fact that the vehicle is actually comfortable to drive as opposed to cramming you into a tiny cockpit and beating you over every tiny bump in the road until the fillings in your teeth practically fall out, like most sports cars do. It's all of these things combined that make this one special. At approximately $235,000, it's also fairly priced when compared to a lot of other cars in its class. It’s not something everyone can afford, but if you have the means, you’re sure to enjoy every minute you spend driving this car. You already know about the performance aspects of this standout automobile. If you're worried about the luxury aspect, you don't need to give it a second thought, either. The interior of the car looks just as good as the exterior and it's surprisingly spacious and comfortable, especially given the fact that you're talking about a high-performance sports car. It's true, this car really does seem to have it all. You get all of the performance of one of the most impressive sports cars to have graced the roads in decades, yet you feel like you're driving an automobile that was designed almost exclusively for luxury when you're actually inside the cockpit.

Benjamin Smith

Written by Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith is one of the managing editors of Moneyinc. Ben's been focusing on the auto and motorcycle sector since 2005. He's written over 1000 articles in the space and continues to learn about it each day. His favorite car is "any Bugatti" and he's a die hard Harley Davidson fan.

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