Look out Tesla? Electric Maserati MC20 will be a tri-motor rocketship

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Words: Matthew Hansen
16 Sep 2020

It’s one of the vehicles of the moment, and now new information is beginning to surface regarding the fully electric powertrain that's slated for the Maserati MC20.

Upon its recent reveal, Maserati confirmed it would come with two engine options; a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 making 436kW and 730Nm with a 2.9-second 0–100km/h time and a fully electric alternative one tenth quicker to the same three-digit marker.

Not much more detail was announced regarding the EV alternative until now.

According to Autoblog, Maserati’s upcoming range of electric vehicles is going to be branded under the name Folgore — Italian for Thunder. The report states that the Folgore version of the MC20 will come with three electric motors; one up front and two in the rear.

While no specific numbers were cited, it’s been reported that the Folgore EV MC20 will be more powerful than its 436kW/730Nm internal combustion engine cousin. No surprises given the quicker 0–100km/h time.

The car is also understood to be 300kW fast-charging capable, with a lithium-ion battery of unknown size mounted behind the firewall to aid weight distribution.

Part of why so few numbers are available is because according to the report, the Folgore MC20 is three years away from reality. A convertible MC20 is reportedly going to come first, as well as a fully electric version of the new GranTurismo.

Among the few nuggets of Folgore MC20 information directly from Maserati is a quote from the firm’s head of design, Klaus Blusse — saying to press that “going electric is the next logical step. We are trying to avoid unnecessary air openings and air outlets, in contrast to some of our competitors that seem to depend on them to convey a message.”

A competitor for the Tesla Roadster then, perhaps?

 

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