What is it like on the inside?
Is it comfortable?
As we’ve said, ease-of-use is a big deal on the Maserati MC20. Those butterfly doors open wide and despite the carbon tub it’s easy to get in and out of it. Don’t worry about knackering your back or looking stupid as you pull up outside your pricey hotel. There’s loads of headroom and the A pillars don’t obscure the view ahead. The front wings crest pleasingly which both reminds you that you’re in a serious sports car and helps you place the thing on the road.
Is it rammed with technology?
Maserati has worked hard to future-proof the MC20. Amongst other things, it features a digital rear-view mirror, which basically replaces the mirror with a camera. Personally, I find these incredibly difficult to get used to, but you can turn it off and return to the traditional type. At which point you realise you can’t see anything whatsoever and switch it back on.
The driving position is terrific, the Sabelt seats good to look at and even better to sit on. The MC20 features a 10.25in digital instrument cluster and a similarly sized central infotainment touchscreen, both of which work pretty well. There are no separate physical buttons for the climate control, but the main screen is easy to use and didn’t suffer from any glitchy hissy fits. Unlike the passenger door lock and the volume on the audio, both of which had a wobble. (Pre-series cars, says Maserati.) The MC20 is fully connected, with Alexa and/or Google smart assist, a WiFi hotspot and TIDAL streaming. There’s also the option of a high end Sonus Faber audio system.
Is it well-made?
Overall, it’s pretty good, both in terms of how it feels around you and how it’s put together. It blends carbon fibre and Alcantara to memorably desirable effect. Some of the graphics and the switchgear are a bit disharmonious, and while the exposed screw heads on the centre console and the doors are aiming for racy functionality that’s not quite the ticket on a near-£200k car. I’d delete the out-sized MC20 badge and Italian flag on the passenger side, too. One other important issue: a useable GT it may well be as a driving machine, but there’s not a lot of space inside for phones and Covid masks and whatever else you carry about in 2021. Or for luggage: the frunk holds 47 litres, the rear compartment 101 litres. And the stuff we had stored in there was hotter than the surface of the sun after a day’s driving. They need to sort that out pronto.