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New Maserati MC20 uses 630 horsepower to kick off a new era for the Italian automaker

The new Maserati MC20 is the first in a series of cars the look to reshape the Maserati brand identity.

Photo courtesy of Maserati S.p.A.

The Maserati MC20 super sports car has been revealed, bringing with it a new era for its Italian automaker. Its name is a combination of "Maserati Corse" and the last two digits of its debut year - 2020. It's aerodynamic, powerful, and rife with thoroughly modern technology.

With the car's design, Maserati's team looked to imbue elements of history and athleticism into a vehicle of modern mechanics and functionality requirements. Part of that was the installation of butterfly doors. Other nods include visual and connceptual likes to the MC12, the car that marked Maserati's racing comeback in 2004.

Maserati MC20The company has installed butterfly doors on the model.Photo courtesy of Maserati S.p.A.

The Italian automaker has fine-tuned the car's dynamics using a Virtual Vehicle Dynamics Development system. It uses a mathematic model to perform 97 percent of the dynamic tests required for a new vehicle to become production-ready, shortening development time.

It took 2,000 man-hours to fine tune the design of the vehicle using Maserati's Dallara Wind Tunnnel and an additional 1,000 hours of computational fluid dynamics simulations. The car comes in a rear-wheel drive configuration and features a rear limited slip self-locking mechanical differential. An electronic differential is available.

Concealed under the hood is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that achieves 630 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque. The car can acceleration from zero to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds, the same as the McLaren 620R. With a curb weight of under 1,500 kg, the model has the best power-to-weight ratio in its class. The engine was designed and engineered in Italy by Maserati and paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Maserati MC20

Maserati MC20

Photo courtesy of Maserati S.p.A.

The MC20 has been created to enable convertible coupé and convertible versions and the ability to have a fully electric powertrain in the future.

The purposefully laid out interior features a driver-centric orientation with minimal controls and few creature comforts. Simple forms and lines dominate the the design.

In front of the driver and at the center of the dashboard are two 10-inch screens. The driver's information screen provides a fully digital look at the car's speedometer, odometer, and tachometer, among other functions. The infotainment touch screen on the dashboard joins a host of convenience and performance technology including a wireless phone charger, drive mode selector (GT, Wet, Sport, Corsa, and ESC Off), two speed selection buttons, and power window controls in the cabin.

The MC20 will be connected at all times with the Maserati Connect program. The range of services includes connected navigation, Amazon Alexa, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. That functionality can be managed via the screen, a smartphone, or smartwatch app.

The car's center console is clad in carbon fiber.

The MC20 will be available in six paint jobs at launch: Bianco Audace, Giallo Genio, Rosso Vincente, Blu Infinito, Nero Enigma and Grigio Mistero. Each color is new for the Maserati brand and they have been conceived, designed, and developed exclusively for the car.

Production of the model is schedule to commence at the end of the year. Orders are currently being accepted.

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The 2023 Crosstrek starts at $23,645.

Subaru

Subaru is one of the best at listening to its customers' needs, and the Crosstrek is a great example of that mindset. It's a useful vehicle with plenty of interior space and enough ground clearance to take its passengers well of the beaten path. Today, Subaru announced pricing for the 2023 Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid. The duo will go on sale this summer.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek's cabin is adventure-ready and packed with great tech. Subaru

The standard Crosstrek starts at $23,645 before destination and the Crosstrek Hybrid starts at $36,845. Five trims are available for the standard model, including Base, Premium, a new Special Edition, Sport, and Limited. The Hybrid comes in a single trim level. All Crosstrek variants get all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The Base, Premium, and Special Edition trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower. The Sport and Limited trims get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 182 horsepower. Most models come with a continuously variable transmission, but the Base and Premium trims come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with two electric motors. The plug-in system can deliver 17 miles of electric range.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek delivers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.Subaru

True to Subaru form, the Crosstrek comes with a full suite of advanced driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure alerts, adaptive cruise, and more. These features are only available for CVT-equipped models. The Limited trim and the Crosstrek Hybrid add automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

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The 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine delivers big power numbers.

Stellantis

The old saying that there's "no replacement for displacement" isn't quite as accurate as it once was. Turbochargers and the latest engine designs have made it possible to extract major power from smaller, more efficient power plants. Stellantis' latest announcement proves this point, as its new Hurricane inline-six-cylinder engine will generate big power numbers from a relatively modest 3.0 liters and two turbos.

Stellantis says two variants will be available. The standard output version produces more than 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, while a high output variant delivers more than 500 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. The twin-turbo inline-six delivers that power with up to 15 percent better fuel efficiency.

Stellantis Hurricane Inline-SixIt's not yet clear which vehicles will get the engine.Stellantis

The new engine comes as Stellantis works to position itself for an electrified future. The automaker stated a goal of 50 percent a 50 percent battery electric vehicle mix by 2030, but notes that gas engines will still play a major role in its vehicle line for years to come. "The Hurricane twin-turbo is a no-compromise engine that delivers better fuel economy and an important reduction in greenhouse gases without asking our customers to give up performance," said Micky Bly, Stellantis head of propulsion systems.

At this point, it's unclear which vehicles will get the new engine, but Stellantis' brands are packed with opportunities. Dodge, whose Hellcat-powered muscle cars could be a good candidate, and then there's Jeep, with a line of off-road-ready SUVs that could greatly benefit from such an engine. The Hurricane's projected high output of 500 horsepower puts it behind the Hellcat engines power output, but it's still strong enough to make a seriously quick vehicle.

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