2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo convertible unveiled, confirmed for Australia

Maserati has cut off the top of its brand-building MC20 supercar, making the Cielo its signature feature – fitted with a convenient new retractable glass roof.

The 2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo has been unveiled, as the convertible version of Maserati’s hero supercar, ahead of its Australian launch in mid 2023

De Cielo – aptly Italian for ‘heaven’ – is the second member of Maseratis new ones MC20 supercar family, distinguishing itself from the 2020 coupe with an electrically retractable glass roof, which can be raised or lowered in just 12 seconds at speeds of up to 50 km/h.

Despite an expected price tag of more than $450,000, the MC20 Cielo is also the first MC20 variant to feature autonomous emergency braking — a feature that will become mandatory on all-new models in Australia next year, and will be standard on $16,000 Kia Picanto microcars and $40,000 USD. 30,000 Isuzu D-Max.

The glass roof – with more than half a square meter of open area – features Advanced Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystal (PDLC) technology that allows it to change from clear to opaque at the touch of a button, in ambient temperatures between -30 and 85 degrees .

Maserati says the roof has not affected the car’s storage space (with 100 liters in the rear, plus 50 liters in the front) and provides “perfect heat sealing and less noise in the car”. The car weighs 65 kg more than the coupé, thanks to the increased chassis stiffening.

Style changes to keep the MC20 Cielo smooth in the wind tunnel include relocated engine air intakes, reshaped B-pillars and new air deflectors for the rear intakes.

In place of the coupé’s trident air intake, Cielo buyers can opt for a matte titanium Maserati trident decal for the hood – plus a new diamond-cut alloy wheel design debuting with the convertible, and a convertible-specific Acquamarina gray paint color (pictured).

Six other colors are available: Grigio Incognito, Bianco Audace, Giallo Genio, Rosso Vincente, Blu Infinito and Grigio Mistero.

A PrimaSerie edition will be available at launch in Europe, featuring Acquamarina paintwork, gold wheels, PrimaSerie badging and ice-tone leather and Alcantara trim with aquamarine stitching.

Inside, the coupe’s brought-in items include a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel, a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen (including the electric roof controls), a wireless phone charger and an available 12-speaker Sonus Faber sound system.

Both the coupe and convertible MC20 models have an Alcantara steering wheel as standard for model year 2023, plus new turn signals and wiper levers, new headlamp controls, a blue engine start button and a new optional power steering column.

The driving mode selector in the center console is now a touch device and contains five modes: Wet, GT (standard comfort mode), Sport (fast driving on the road), Corsa (the most hardcore mode) and ESC Off.

The MC20 Cielo is powered by the same 3.0-litre twin-turbo ‘Nettuno’ V6 as the coupe, which sends 463 kW and 730 Nm to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Maserati claims a 0-100km/h sprint of “approximately” 3.0 seconds – just a tenth or two faster than the coupe – to a 0-200km/h time of 9.2 seconds and a top speed of more than 320 km/h.

Highlights under the skin include three-position adaptive dampers, double wishbone suspension geometry, 20-inch wheels, a front axle lift system and 380mm six-piston brakes at the front and 350mm four-piston rear (with 390mm front and 360mm brakes). mm rear carbon ceramic discs optional).

In addition to AEB, road sign recognition and a 360-degree camera will also debut on the convertible, complementing rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and blind spot monitoring – but none of these features are standard, but offered as an option.

The 2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo will hit Australian showrooms by the middle of next year. An electric MC20 coupe will be unveiled next year, completing the supercar’s model range.

Prices and specs are yet to be confirmed, but expect a premium above the $438,000 plus on-road cost list price of the coupe in Australia.

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017 when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular contributing journalist on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from browsing car magazines as a young age to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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