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Maserati Launch MC20 Icona And MC20 Leggenda Special Editions

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In commemoration of Maserati’s triumphant racing comeback in 2004 with the celebrated MC12 – after a 37-year hiatus – the brand introduces the MC20 Icona and MC20 Leggenda. These limited-run models honor the 20th anniversary of the legendary automaker’s racing resurgence.

The MC12, initially released for the road and later dominating GT championships, served as inspiration for the MC20 supercar. Crafted entirely in Italy, the MC20 debuted in 2020 as a herald of a new chapter for Maserati, proudly featuring the groundbreaking V6 Nettuno powerplant.

A mere 20 units of each of the MC20 Special Series will be available – both boasting custom liveries and unique features inspired by the road-going MC12 Stradale and the track-focused MC12 GT1 Vitaphone racing car.

The MC20 Icona draws from one of Maserati’s most memorable models, echoing the color scheme of the 2004 MC12 Stradale. It pays homage to the racing heritage of the Maserati Trofeo Light, which saw competition in the 24 Hours of Daytona, while drawing design cues from the Maserati Birdcage Type 61 produced from 1959 to 1961.

The MC20 Icona Bianco Audace Matte and Blu Stradale livery comes with a variety of handpicked features courtesy of the Fuoriserie Personalisation Program. Key highlights include the lustrous Bianco Audace Maserati Fuoriserie emblem, prominently accentuated on the lower panels near the vehicle’s rear wheels. Additionally, an emblem of the Italian flag graces the door, displayed just beneath the MC20 moniker.

In an elegant display of design, the chrome-finished wheels, adorned with the iconic Trident emblem, showcase silver hubcaps with a contrasting blue Trident detail. Complementing them are blue-hued brake calipers. The car’s mirrors are equipped with a convenient auto-dimming function, and the engine cover is crafted from lightweight, yet sturdy, carbon fiber components.

Drawing inspiration from its name, the MC20 Leggenda evokes the spirit of the triumphant MC12 GT1 which, under the banner of the Vitaphone Racing team, dominated with unprecedented three wins and two second-place triumphs in the 24 Hours of Spa. With an elegant palette of Nero Essenza and Digital Mint Matte, the vehicle pays homage to the iconic colors of this victorious racer.

Distinguishing the MC20 Leggenda are its luxurious features including strikingly polished trident wheels offset by Nero Opaco and Trident Digital Mint hubcaps; the emblematic Trident logo is accentuated in yellow across the grille, side doors, and C-pillar, coupled with elegantly black painted brake calipers.

The interior of the special series MC20 Leggenda is a racer’s sanctuary, featuring featherlight 4-way monocoque racing seats. For the Icona series, the seats boast a Nero/Blu hue on a glimmering silver backdrop, while those in the Leggenda showcase an alluring all-black colourway with hints of silver. Both interiors are further graced with the distinguished Trident insignia embroidered on the headrests, alongside either “Icona” or “Leggenda” labels, as per the respective series.

Sitting atop the mighty Nettuno engine is an emblem that proclaims “ICONA. UNA DI 20” or “LEGGENDA. UNA DI 20,” signifying its exclusive limited edition status.

Both vehicles’ interiors are graced by the refined Sonus faber audio system. Each model shares a suite of sophisticated elements that include the carbon fiber interior package, an electronic limited-slip differential (E-LSD), a suspension lifter, systems for blind spot and rear cross path detection, and sleek mats for both the foot space and cargo area.

In honor of the 20th anniversary marking the start of Maserati’s triumphant era in racing, the MC20 Icona and MC20 Leggenda models have been unveiled. The epoch was defined by the fabled MC12 GT1’s dominance in the FIA GT Championships from 2004 to 2010, seizing 27 wins, triumphing thrice in the prestigious 24 Hours of Spa race, clinching six Team championships with Vitaphone Racing, five Drivers’ championships that included two FIA GT1 World Championships, and securing two Constructors’ championships for Maserati.

As a celebration of two decades since Maserati’s era of racing glory began, the MC20 Icona and MC20 Leggenda have been introduced. This iconic period was marked by the remarkable success of the MC12 GT1 in the FIA GT Championships, with Maserati taking home a slew of victories, including 27 race wins, three 24 Hours of Spa victories, and a number of championships, throughout the years 2004 to 2010.

In 2004, the MC12 Stradale sparked a renaissance in Maserati’s commitment to performance racing: Crafted by the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro and powered by a Ferrari-sourced 12-cylinder engine (where “MC” stands for “Maserati Corse” and “12” denotes its V12 configuration), this machine became synonymous with Maserati’s peak velocity engineering – hitting a monstrous top speed of 330 km/h and sprinting from standstill to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds. An exclusive fleet of only 50 units were crafted.

The chronicle of those victorious days and a vehicle that became a testament to Maserati’s racing soul and unyielding quest for perfection is today embodied in the MC20 Icona and MC20 Leggenda, symbolizing the passage of the high-performance torch.

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