The Maserati MC20 Cielo is officially unveiled

On May 25 we finally got to see the convertible version of the Maserati MC20 supercar, as the MC20 Cielo Global Premiere was held in Modena, Italy, and it seems I was rather close with my virtual renders I did before when news came out Maserati was working on an MC20 Spyder model, I just didn’t account for them to go for the Cielo (Sky) name, but I have to applaud them, it’s a great name for this Maserati Corse 2020 with a removable roof, and what’s even better, just like her closed Coupé counterpart, both models will be built at the historic plant on Viale Ciro Menotti.

The Maserati MC20 Cielo still comes with the same Nettuno V6 engine, and thanks to the efforts made by the Maserati Innovation Lab, the Ciello is only 65 kg heavier compared to the Coupé, and that is an even more impressive feat if you consider the fact that the carbon fiber chassis is exactly the same for the Coupé and the Spyder (and the upcoming electric version) to keep the uncompromising torsional rigidity of the closed model versus this convertible one, the handling of the MC20 Cielo remains extraordinary.

As you would expect, the roof on the Maserati MC20 Cielo is electrically opened, and it hides underneath the rear buttress which is hinged at the rear of the car and opens up to fold down the roof, and there is something special about that buttress section, it holds a massive trident, the famous Maserati logo, just an amazing detail I had to mention, but there is more, the roof itself on the MC20 Cielo is made of glass, but not just normal glass, this is a state-of-the-art electrochromic (smart glass) window that can instantly be transformed from clear to opaque at the touch of a button on the central screen, courtesy of Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal (PDLC) technology.

So even if the weather doesn’t really allow for you to drive with the top down, by making the section above your head transparent, you still get the feeling of being connected with the sky above, but when you do decide to open up completely to the skies, it takes just 12 seconds to open or close, and with the roof in place, you get impressive thermal insulation nonetheless, and while from a distance you might not notice, but the Maserati MC20 Cielo comes with butterfly doors, making getting into or stepping out of this car so much easier, but there is a secondary advantage too … with these doors open you can admire the carbon fiber cockpit a lot easier, and you can check out the front tire at the same time is it’s not hiding inside a wheel well.

The press release car shown here is finished in a truly remarkable shade called Acquamarina, it is part of the Maserati Fuoriserie customization program, and it’s a three-layer metallic that really complements the Bianco interior and chrome finished wheels on this convertible, at first glance you’ll notice a pastel grey base that’s been inspired by racing, reminiscent of the MC20’s sporty DNA, but then you’ll see an iridescent aquamarine mica that enlivens the hue and makes it exceptional, worthy of a supercar like this.

Pricing or availability hasn’t been published yet, but it seems the first units of the Maserati MC20 are getting delivered to clients as we speak, so I think we might be seeing the first customers receiving their MC20 Cielo well before the Summer of 2023 so they can enjoy top-down driving soon, and you have to admit, she does look really nice, and let’s not forget, the Cielo comes with the same 621 bhp and 538 lb-ft of torque as the Coupe, the 3.0-Liter twin-turbo V6 Nettuno engine puts the power down through an eight-speed twin-clutch auto gearbox, with an overall weight of 1565kg for the Cielo I think the timings from the Coupe at 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds, 0-124mph in 8.8 seconds, and a top speed of 203mph won’t be influenced too much by the additional 65 kg … performance and top speed for the MC20 Cielo will be impressive for sure.