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Maserati MC20 should’ve been electric from the start

Maserati‘s new supercar, the MC20, is a stunning looking thing and a modern interpretation of the Italian company’s take on going fast. Built in Italy, it sits as the new halo for the company’s performance.

It has 630 hp and will hit 62 mph in under 3 seconds. The engine is made by Maserati, as well. The twin-turbo V6 is a sweet setup, and likely more efficient that previous cars like the MC12. But only offering a gas version at launch seems like a mistake in 2020.

According to Maserati’s own press release, “The MC20 is designed to enable coupé and convertible versions and for full electric power.” The platform is designed to handle an all-electric setup. So why not offer it now?

It seems a bit silly to offer a high performance car in 2020 without some sort of electrification. Fuel economy and emissions standards are forcing automakers to adopt new technologies across their entire fleet. Also, hybrid-electric cars like the Porsche 918 and Ferrari LaFerrari demonstrated that hybrids can be performance cars. The Porsche came out in 2013!

FCA has emissions targets to meet, just like any other automaker, which is part of the reason why it is introducing 4xe to Europe next year on Jeep models, and why it is working more and more on electrification.

So why not make a flagship product electrified? I’m not sure. If the platform is designed to handle it, it’d only make sense to offer it at launch. Unless, of course, they don’t have the technology available yet to meet the performance numbers they need.

It’s a shame, too, because the MC20 looks like a fantastic car and I’m looking forward to the chance to drive it. But a full-electric version will deliver even more performance and should be a hoot to wheel around the track.

Bring us that one soon, Maserati. Bring us that one soon.

Written by Chad Kirchner
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