The 2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo is a stunning 621-HP droptop.

2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo – Overview

We knew Maserati would make a convertible version of its junior supercar when it debuted the MC20 last year.

However, we didn’t realize until now, with the release of the first official photographs, that the MC20 Cielo would be this attractive.

Here are the major highlights:

  • The electrochromic glass folds in 12 seconds and maybe either dark or clear.
  • The Maserati MC20 has an innovative active glass roof on the open-top version.
  • According to Maserati, the convertible is only 143 pounds heavier than the Coupe.

In this market segment, driving manners are crucial, but so are design, and regardless of the dynamic experience, the decapitated MC20 is a stunningly attractive vehicle.

Design & Aesthetic

2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo
2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo

Instead of a traditional roadster, the Cielo has a two-piece folding canopy beneath the power-opening rear clamshell compartment.

While hefty retractable hardtops have fallen out of favor as more luxury manufacturers switch to lightweight cloth roofs, the MC20 has a clever trick.

It’s made of dimmable electrochromic glass that can be changed from transparent to opaque using an electrical current.

2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo
2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo

The ability to view through (and remove) a clear canopy inspired the car’s name: Cielo means “sky” in Italian.

According to Maserati, the roof can be opened and closed in 12 seconds, and the Cielo is only 143 pounds heavier than its coupe sibling.

For context, Maserati claims the Coupe weighs 3307 pounds, while our test car weighs 3757 pounds.

Engine Specs/Powertrain

2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo
2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo

The Cielo uses the same groundbreaking Nettuno twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with a dry sump and Maserati’s pre-chamber combustion system as the MC20 Coupe and is fundamentally a fundamental part unaltered.

It generates 621 horsepower at 7500 rpm and 538 pound-feet of torque at just 3000 rpm. An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission transmits power to the rear axle.

Performance

2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo
2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo

According to Maserati, the Cielo can reach 62 mph in 3.0 seconds and 124 mph in 9.2 seconds.

For comparison, our test of the MC20 Coupe produced a somewhat less spectacular 3.2-second 60-mph sprint and a quarter-mile time of 11.0 seconds at 131 mph; we expect the Spyder to be a few tenths slower in both benchmarks. The top speed is around 199 miles per hour.

The Cielo retains the Coupe’s butterfly opening doors, whereas roadster variants of supercars are frequently obliged to surrender the stylish doors of their permanently roofed siblings.

Instead, these rotate and bend upwards to make it easier to get in and out while ensuring that every eye is turned.

In addition, the rotating controller in the cockpit center will allow drivers to cycle among five dynamic modes.

Wet (green), GT (blue), Sport (red), Corsa (yellow), and ESC OFF are the colors that change to show which one has been selected (orange).

Interior & Features

The 2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo is a stunning 621-HP droptop.
2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo

Other Cielo changes are also included in the 2023 MC20 coupe.

In addition to blind-spot monitoring, a new suite of active safety features consists of a 360-degree camera, traffic sign recognition, and autonomous emergency braking.

It will also be available in the new color Acquamarina, seen in these photographs and only on the Primaserie first edition.

Price

We don’t have pricing information yet, but we expect the Cielo to be more expensive than the Coupe, which starts at $216,995.

However, we also believe that a sizable portion of consumers will be willing to pay this for the breezier pleasures of this stunning roadster.

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