The Maserati MC20 supercar that debuted two years ago has got an open version. It was named Cielo (translated from Italian as “sky”) and equipped with a folding roof with a glass insert of about half a square meter – as the company assures, the largest of the production cars. However, it is also possible to admire the sky with the roof up: due to polymer dispersed liquid crystals (PDLC), the glass panel becomes transparent or darkened in one second.
The transparency of the glass can be adjusted via the media system menu and the entire roof can also be controlled via the media system. It goes up or down in just 12 seconds at speeds up to 50 kilometers per hour and provides segment-leading thermal and noise insulation, they say in Maserati.
In addition to the roof, MC20 Cielo differed from the coupe by the corrected shape of the windows and two “fins” fairings behind the seats. The butterfly doors are taken from the closed version. Other innovations are sky-blue Aquamarine paint, which is applied to the body in three layers. Their design in the form of a double Roman numeral “X” serves as a reference to the name and to the year of the beginning of the transformation of the Maserati brand.
The MC20 Cielo, like the coupe, is built around a carbon-fiber monocoque. However, for the spyder, which lacks a rigid roof, the fiber arrangement was slightly changed to increase torsional stiffness. The Cielo’s final weight was 65 kilograms more. Suspensions are double wishbones with a virtual pivot axis, stabilizers, and electronically controlled shock absorbers.
Technically, the open-top version replicates the standard MC20. Both are powered by a three-liter V6 Nettuno twin-turbo engine, Maserati’s first in 20-plus years of in-house development. The engine develops 630 horsepower and 730 Nm of torque and is paired to an eight-speed dual-clutch robot transmission. Rear-wheel drive with a self-locking differential.
It is claimed that the increase in weight had almost no effect on the dynamics. At the same time, the top speed was reduced from 325 to 320 kilometers per hour and acceleration time to “a hundred” from 2.9 to three seconds exactly.
On the market, the MC20 Cielo will be released as a “welcome” version PrimaSerie, limited to 60 copies. It will receive the aforementioned body-color Acquamarina, a special interior trim in light leather and unique wheels, as well as badges indicating the version.
In the future, the MC20 will be joined by an all-electric model, which will get an even more durable monocoque and become the most powerful variant of the supercar.