- Maserati revealed its track-only MCXtrema throughout Monterey Car Week on Friday, August 18.
- Will probably be powered by a 720-hp model of the Nettuno 3.0-liter V-6.
- The corporate will construct solely 62 copies, about half of that are destined for U.S. consumers.
In probably the most fundamental of phrases, the Maserati MCXtrema is a modified MC20 constructed solely for monitor use. The 2 fashions share a carbon-fiber tub and the identical fundamental engine, however not a lot else. It is just like the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport from Modena. However the Porsche is sort of 4 instances as frequent. Maserati is protecting this mannequin further unique. Solely 62 of those track-star automobiles are deliberate for manufacturing. About half of these will make it to the U.S., which additionally occurs to be the biggest MC20 market.
“If it’s a must to ask how a lot?” or nonetheless it goes, appears to use right here as a result of all MCXtrema automobiles are spoken for. We’re guessing seven figures, contemplating how a lot the automotive has modified from the MC20.
Powering the MCXtrema is a Nettuno 3.0-liter V-6 turned as much as 720 horsepower. Whereas the torque peak of 538 pound-feet at 3500 rpm stays unchanged, engineers squeezed 99 extra cavallini from the MC20’s engine with up to date turbochargers and exhaust, plus the requisite engine programming. From the bellhousing, the engine turns a paddle-shifted six-speed sequential transaxle fitted with a limited-slip differential.
We did not see the manufacturing inside in particular person, however the design signifies the MC20’s inside is completely stripped. All of the controls reside on two futuristic-looking consoles that flank the motive force. A racing-style yoke replaces a steering wheel, and a six-point harness lashes the motive force to a set bucket. A security cage constructed to FIA requirements will increase chassis stiffness. Including a passenger seat is an choice.
Along with the adjustable wing, flat underbody, and ankle-lacerating splitter, a.ok.a. normal track-car package, Maserati fitted a longitudinal backbone. It splits the roof-snorkel engine consumption and is alleged to extend in-corner stability and rear-wing effectivity. Massive facet scoops, a design element not on the roadgoing MC20, feed the intercoolers and rear brakes.
All of the suspension arms, of unequal-length entrance and rear, are billet aluminum and fix to the physique and upright through ball joints. The suspension additionally options Ohlins four-way adjustable dampers and adjustable anti-roll bars. From the steering wheel, the motive force can regulate ABS and traction management. Race tires, the type that use metric sizing and are not highway authorized, wrap 18-inch center-lock wheels.
MCXtrema mechanics—as a result of, let’s face it, these homeowners most likely have mechanics on payroll—can depart the ground jacks at residence as a result of this has air jacks. On the size of track-day flexes, air jacks is fairly excessive up there.
All indicators point out this big-kid toy shall be a ton of enjoyable to personal and run at a monitor. Maserati says the MCXtrema is the primary of its form, which sort of implies there shall be different low-volume specials that will or is probably not avenue authorized in our future. That is a very good factor.
Ok.C. Colwell is Automobile and Driver’s government editor, who covers new automobiles and expertise with a eager eye for automotive nonsense and with what he considers to be nice automotive sense, which is a humblebrag. On his first day at C/D in 2004, he was given the keys to a Porsche 911 by somebody who did not even know if he had a driver’s license. He additionally is among the drivers who set quick laps at C/D‘s annual Lightning Lap monitor check.