Two new supercars, available in coupe and cabriolet, each with a new V6 engine. Two iconic Italian brands Maserati and Ferrari. You hesitate between the two? Here is our duel Maserati MC20 coupe / Cielo vs Ferrari 296 GTB / GTS.
The design of a headgear is something very subjective. On the one hand the Maserati MC20 marks the renewal of the brand in terms of design, on which will be based the future Maserati, for example the new Grecale and the future GranTurismo. On the other side the Ferrari 296 GTB takes the new Ferrari design codes inaugurated with the SF90.
Equipment on board
In the Maserati as in the Ferrari, the interior breathes sportiness. Seats, steering wheel, paddles, ... the only small "design" advantage would be for the Ferrari which integrates the multimedia screen in the dashboard for the driver as well as for the co-driver. On the Maserati side, the central multimedia screen has a practical advantage. The audio system is entrusted to Sonus Faber for the Maserati. This is not specified for Ferrari.
For the Maserati MC20 and Ferrari 296, two new V6 engines. So goodbye to the V8 for both brands. However, these engines have a lot to offer!
3.0L V6 90° Maserati engine
Unveiled at the presentation of my Maserati MC20, the V6 Nettuno is announced by the brand with the trident as a brand new engine that takes technologies from the F1.
It offers a maximum power of 630 hp at 7500 rpm, a torque of 730 Nm between 3000 and 5000 rpm and a maximum speed of 8000 rpm.
However, this engine is not so new because it is similar to the Alfa Romeo V6 of 510 hp, which itself is taken from the V8 of the Ferrari Portofini to which 2 cylinders have been removed. So an evolution but not new.
3.0L V6 120° Ferrari engine
In the recent history of Ferrari, this is the first time a V6 has been unveiled. Not without making purists cringe. It is at the same time a hybrid thermal / electric engine.
It offers a maximum power of 830 hp at 8000 rpm, a torque of 740 Nm and a maximum speed of 8500 rpm.
This new engine, codename F163, is open to 120° which leaves more space for the turbos and the MGU-K electrical module is positioned between the engine and the gearbox, and in the axis of the heat engine.
As you can see in the official videos, for a V6, the sound of the Ferrari is exceptional.
Contrary to what one might think from the pictures, the Ferrari 296 GTB is slightly lower and shorter than the Maserati MC20. The wheelbase is thus also 10 cm shorter. The width is similar.
|Maserati MC20||1,22 m||1,96 m||4,67 m||2,7 m|
|Ferrari 296 GTB||1,18 m||1,96 m||4,56 m||2,6 m|
On the performance side, at Maserati a 3.0L V6 90° of 630 hp faces a Ferrari 3.0L V6 120° 663 hp + electric motor 167 hp. If the power of the combustion engine is close, the electric motor allows the Ferrari to offer 200 hp more than the Maserati. So, it could be on the scale because of the battery of the Ferrari, but not at all!
|Weight||Power / torque||0 à 100||0 à 200||Vmax|
|Maserati MC20||1468 kg||630 hp / 730 Nm||2.9 sec||8.8 sec||325 km/h|
|Maserati MC20 Cielo||1540 kg||630 hp / 730 Nm||3.0 sec||9.2 sec||320 km/h|
|Ferrari 296 GTB||1470 kg||830 hp / 900 Nm||2.9 sec||7.3 sec||330 km/h|
|Ferrari 296 GTS||1540 kg||830 hp / 900 Nm||2.9 sec||7.6 sec||330 km/h|
The Ferrari's electric motor has the advantage of offering more performance, lower fuel consumption, 25 km of all-electric range and lower CO2 emissions. 149 g/km for the Ferrari against 262 g/km for the Maserati.
The Ferrari, because of its positioning and its performances is inevitably above the price of the Maserati... before malus! As you can see below, with a French malus, without options, the Ferrari 296 is cheaper than the Maserati MC20. Thanks to the PHEV technology.
|Price includes VAT||Malus||Price after malus FR|
|Maserati MC20||235 200 €||40 000 €||275 200 €|
|Maserati MC20 Cielo||265 400 €||40 000 €||305 400 €|
|Ferrari 296 GTB||272 000 €||898 €||272 898 €|
|Ferrari 296 GTS||300 000 €||898 €||300 989 €|
Conclusion : Ferrari !
More powerful, real new engine, exceptional sound for a V6 and, price after FR malus below the MC20, the Ferrari 296 wins this duel hands down. The only drawback is the delivery time, which is longer for Ferrari than for Maserati. If you want to be exceptional, the Maserati MC20 is the first supercar of the Italian brand and remains rarer than a Ferrari...