It’s been almost two years since Maserati introduced the MC20 coupe. At launch, the automaker said that there would be a convertible version, and it’s finally here. It’s called the MC20 Cielo, and it’s the next iteration of the company’s new supercar, and it won’t be the last.
Not New Nettuno
The MC20 Cielo uses the same Nettuno V6 that the MC20 coupe uses. The 3.0-liter engine produces the same 621 horsepower (456 kilowatts) and 538 pound-feet (730 Newton-meters) of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and has a top speed of over 198 miles per hour (320 kilometers per hour).
Magic Roof, Open Sky
Maserati has three variants of the MC20 carbon fiber monocoque: one for the coupe, one for the convertible, and one for the EV. They differ in their distribution and carbon fiber coating. While Maserati designed the monocoque coupe for weight and performance, the Cielo monocoque focused on increasing rigidity. The MC20 Cielo weighs just 143 pounds (65 kilograms) more than the MC20 coupe.
The extra rigidity is needed to compensate for the Cielo’s roof which can be opened and closed in just 12 seconds. The retractable roof also features large tinted glass panels that instantly change from transparent to opaque, thanks to polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) technology. Maserati claims that this is the largest glass panel in its segment.
PrimaSerie Launch Edition
Maserati will be offering a limited PrimaSerie Launch Edition. The automaker will limit production to just 60 units, which will receive unique and exclusive touches, such as the new Acquamarina exterior paint color. The triple paint color, part of the Maserati Fuoriserie customization program, combines pastel grays with colorful aquamarine mica.
Inside, the PrimaSerie Launch Edition receives Alcantara and ice-toned leather, with contrast aquamarine stitching on the dashboard. Maserati also used color for the “PrimaSerie” lettering on the headrests. Those “PrimaSerie” words extend to the matte-black 20-inch wheels. Maserati also provides specific completion badges.
New Roof, Familiar Design
At first glance, the MC20 Cielo doesn’t look too different from the coupe, but Maserati had to make some changes to accommodate the retractable roof. The stylish Trident vents on the rear of the MC20 coupe are gone, replaced by a matte titanium Trident sticker. Maserati also had to relocate the engine’s air intakes, although the company retained the coupe’s butterfly doors.
The automaker has also introduced new double-X-style alloy wheels made of diamond-cut alloys. Maserati will also offer carbon fiber rims that shave an extra 66 lbs (30 kg).
The MC20 Cielo receives many of the same upgrades that Maserati did on the model year 2023 MC20 coupe. That includes a new control lever behind the wheel, a new button for turning on the lights, and additional safety technology. The MC20 Cielo also offers automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition and a 360-degree camera.
Maserati has not announced when it will go on sale or the price.