Performance and comfort: the dual souls of Maserati, harking back to the brand’s racing roots and its iconic GranTurismo spirit. These features are now taken to a new level in terms of performance and driving pleasure in the great outdoors: Maserati presents the MC20 Cielo spyder. Equipped with the revolutionary V6 Nettuno engine that made its debut in the 2020 MC20, MC20 Cielo offers a perfect mix of sportiness and luxury, courtesy of a specification unique to the segment: the innovative retractable glass roof.
A “first of its kind” and best-in-class in terms of thermal insulation, of opening and closing speed (just 12 seconds), and of how it epitomises the best in technology.
To do so, the new model is equipped with 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. As such, MC20 Cielo provides a multi-faceted driving experience: all-encompassing with the roof closed and opaque; a unique “sky feeling” when the roof is transparent; holistic with the top down.
When a coupé is transformed into a convertible, the increase in weight is usually a major challenge. Innovative by nature, Maserati has managed to limit this and maintain the innate sporty DNA of the MC20.
MC20 Cielo weighs just 65 kg more than the coupé, made possible by meticulous, precise work during the stages of the car’s design. By limiting the increase in weight to around 60 kg, Maserati maintains the dynamic performance and driving pleasure of the coupé version in the MC20 Cielo.
The carbon fibre chassis also guarantees uncompromising torsional rigidity, offering a combination of extraordinary handling on the road and on the track.
The new model also adds a wide range of Active Safety Systems, unlike any other model ever has in this segment. As well as the parking sensors, rear-view camera and blind spot monitoring included in the MC20 since the MY22, the new spyder introduces autonomous emergency brake, traffic sign information and the Surround View 360° system, to help with parking manoeuvres using four extra cameras.
The new spyder will broaden the MC20 range and will bring Maserati into the segment of convertible sports cars.
The innovative electrically retractable glass roof
MC20 Cielo is “First of its Kind”, bold in every respect and designed for perfection, all the way to the minutest detail. The component that makes it stand out from every other spyder is the electrically retractable glass roof, the epitome of technology. The clear glass roof, the largest in the segment, is 909 mm long, 615 mm wide and has a surface area of more than half a square metre (5,268 cm2).
MC20 Cielo is the only model in its class with a fully retractable glass roof as standard, with no impact on the car’s storage space. To operate it, all you need to do is tap a button on the central touchscreen: in just 12 seconds, the roof opens or closes, transforming this super sports car.
A dedicated colour: Acquamarina.
For MC20 Cielo, Maserati has created a new colour: known as Acquamarina, it is available as part of the Maserati Fuoriserie customisation programme.
The concept that led the brand to select this special three-layer paint consisted of taking such a high-performance car in a more contemporary direction: holistic, high-tech and uniform in colour, all at once. Maserati searched for a colour that would recall driving in the great outdoors, with the wind in your hair. A fresh, luminous and light shade. An iridescent colour, in its interaction with light, revealing itself in a surprising way.
The base is a pastel grey inspired by racing, reminiscent of the MC20’s sporty DNA, accompanied by an iridescent aquamarine mica that enlivens the colour and makes it stand out. MC20 Cielo is fitted out in a colour that not only speaks of performance, but also serves as a nod to its racing origin by bringing together the brand’s dual souls: elegance and racing.
PrimaSerie Launch Edition
Specially and only at launch, the MC20 Cielo is also available in the PrimaSerie Launch Edition, a limited series of around 60 models featuring exclusive content.
The very name – PrimaSerie – indicates the privilege of owning an all-new model, and makes exclusivity a clear strength.
Its unique features are clear to see, all the way to the minutest detail: the exterior in the new Acquamarina colour is complemented by new MM20” wheel rims in a special version with Gold finish and laser-engraved “PrimaSerie” wording. The badges on the bodywork also come in a specific finish.
The interiors are upholstered in ice-coloured Alcantara and leather, embellished with specific contrasting stitching in aquamarine on both the dashboard and the “PrimaSerie” wording on the headrest.
New wheel rims
The new Maserati spyder adds to the MC20 range of rims a new diamond-cut alloy wheel featuring a refined design, where the key component is the double the Roman numeral that recalls the car’s name and the year that marked the beginning of a “new era” for Maserati. These rims are available as an optional extra for both the coupé and the spyder.
Carbon fibre wheel rims will also be available, to ensure weight savings of 30 kg in comparison to the standard version.
The interior: the realm of functionality
Maserati MC20 Cielo conveys emotions with its elegant yet sporty line, and leaves the role of pure functionality to the interior. Everything is highly streamlined, almost minimalist, with two 10-inch screens, one for the cockpit and the other, the Maserati Touch Control Plus (MTC Plus MIA) in a central position, slanted slightly towards the driver.
The tunnel is very plain, with no unnecessary ornamentation. It includes only the drive mode selector, two buttons for the gears, the power window controls and the infotainment volume control, and a space for a smartphone with wireless charging pad. All the other controls are located on the steering wheel, with the ignition button on the left and the launch control on the right.
Although the function of every component takes priority, the interior is skilfully styled with carbon fibre to act as a meeting point for lifestyle, performance and engineering. The carbon fibre in the interior is matte in finish, for a more tailored, fabric-like look.
As seen in the MY23 coupé, the spyder has benefited from upgrades to its interior and new features: new control levers have been added behind the steering wheel, as have new buttons to turn on the lights, while the Alcantara steering wheel now comes as standard, with a blue engine start button.
A spyder devoted to performance
Entirely made of carbon fibre and composite materials, the monocoque is a rush of technology and performance; ever since the outset, it has been designed for all three types of the car: coupé, spyder and, in the future, electric.
The monocoque’s architecture and geometry are the same for all three versions, but differ in the distribution of the carbon fibre and its layers, to provide monocoques with different structural characteristics for the three different types of car: the focus for the coupé will be on limited weight and high performance; the spyder demands greater torsional rigidity given the lack of a roof; the electric version will have more overall strength and enhanced protection for the battery housing.
One single design therefore encompasses three versions, with changes only made to the type, quantity and arrangement of the carbon fibre.
The Nettuno engine
The engine is the same revolutionary Nettuno that debuted in the coupé version. Nettuno is the result of a genuine technological revolution, protected by international patents. A strategic operation for Maserati, a brand now preparing to launch a project “100% Made in Modena” for the MC20 and MC20 Cielo family of super sports cars, starting straight from its engine, the heart of the new car.
Nettuno has a V 90° architecture, with a 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder twin-turbo, and features a dry sump (a classic solution on super sports cars). It can deliver 630 hp at 7,500 rpm and 730 Nm of torque from 3,000 rpm. The power-to-weight ratio is 210 hp/litre. The compression ratio is 11:1, the stroke is 82 mm, with a bore of 88 mm.
The soul of the engine is the innovative pre-chamber combustion system featuring twin spark plugs. This technology is derived from Formula 1 and is now available for the first time on an engine destined for the road.
With the new digital drive mode, the way to change the suspension settings has changed. Swiping on the display switches from drive mode to suspension settings. By turning the bezel surrounding the screen, the driver can adjust rigidity depending on the drive mode selected. In the GT and SPORT drive modes, the suspension can be set to SOFT or MID, whereas in CORSA drive mode, the settings available are MID and HARD. HARD is the most rigid setting, suitable for driving conditions on the track.
MC20 Cielo has a double-wishbone suspension system with active shock absorbers. The short spindle semi-virtual double-wishbone layout is used on both the front and rear axles. This suspension type ensures the best performance in terms of handling and ride comfort.
All the components are made of forged aluminium for optimal weight savings.
The automatic transmission is an 8-speed oil-immersed Dual Clutch design with six power and two overdrive speeds to ensure emissions compliance.
Vehicle height variator
As an optional extra, a system is available to raise the vehicle when running at low speeds, increasing ground clearance when traversing obstacles such as speed bumps or very steep inclines. The driver can activate the system by pressing the specific button on the steering wheel. When activated, the hydraulic system raises the front axle by 50 mm. The driver can then deactivate the system by pressing the button again. At this point, the car will return to the standard ground clearance. The system works at up to 40 km/h. If the lift system is activated and the car exceeds 40 km/h, the system is deactivated automatically and the car returns to the normal height above the ground.
High Premium Sonus faber sound system
Similar to the 2021 MC20 Coupé, the new MC20 Cielo is equipped with an optional High Premium Sonus faber audio system. The MC20 Coupé system, an EISA award-winning in-vehicle audio system, has been specifically optimized to fit the unique acoustic and positioning needs of the Cielo cabin, situating the system’s 12 speakers to result in the Natural Sound that distinguishes Sonus faber audio systems.
Sonus faber is an Italian manufacturer of handcrafted speakers, and other high-end audio equipment, the result of the idea of a man who loved music and its correct reproduction, but also from a person with a special sensibility about handcrafted wood products and a true reverence for beauty. The Sonus faber brand tells a story by means of sound and materials Each Sonus faber product, be it past, present or future, is able to take the listener into a world of long-lasting tradition, Italian culture and craftsmanship. Our handmade musical instruments are true to Italian expertise, with an unforgettable voice that immerses you in a natural sound experience.
Maserati Intelligent Assistant (MIA) Multimedia System
MC20 Cielo is equipped with the latest Maserati Intelligent Assistant (MIA) multimedia system. The heart of MIA is the powerful Android Automotive operating system, which offers an innovative, high-performance User Experience, fully customisable to the driver’s preferences.
MIA has two in-car screens: the digital cluster and central display, which are similar in shape and size. Neither too large nor too small, they are perfectly suited to the functional cabin interior of the MC20 Cielo; they facilitate driving comfort by not requiring the driver to refocus when going from one screen to the other.
The 10.25-inch cluster is fully digital, with a Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display.
The central display, again 10.25-inch, has an HD resolution and touchscreen functions typical of personal smart devices. The screen has a special anti-reflective coating to ensure maximum visibility even in direct sunlight.
When the devices are switched off, they have a total black effect, made possible by an innovative optical solution.
The controls to open, close and change the transparency of the roof appear on the central screen.
MC20 Cielo is always connected, courtesy of the new Maserati Connect program.
Given that the car is connected at all times, the driver can keep an eye on the car’s condition, plus Maserati Connect issues an alert when a service is due, to improve the customer care experience. Maserati Connect also enhances safety and security, with assistance in an emergency and in the event the car is stolen.
With a smartphone or smartwatch, the driver can always remain in contact with their MC20 Cielo in the Maserati Connect app, including from home via their virtual personal assistant (Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant).
Through the MIA (Maserati Intelligent Assistant) multimedia system, the Maserati Connect connected services deliver a new experience for the driver and passengers. Courtesy of the built-in, connected navigation system, the driver always has the latest traffic information in real time, as well as constantly updated maps. MIA also offers options to activate Amazon Alexa or a Wi-Fi Hotspot inside the Maserati.
MC20 Cielo includes the TIDAL HiFi Streaming service, offering the best sound quality available by taking full advantage of the potential of the Sonus faber Audio System.