The MC20’s dedication to the job of driving fast is enamouring but sometimes you want just a ‘car’. So finding there aren’t cupholders adds to the reservations listed above about just how ‘every day’ this spookily well-rounded supercar is.
That is of course only once you’ve clambered through the cabin aperture – revealed by the dihedral doors – and sunk yourself down into it, which proved easier by my reckoning than with the McLaren Artura. Happily, as above, you don’t feel like you’re in a carbon coffin like in some supercars. Maserati clearly had the McLaren playbook of carbon tubs and low scuttles to hand when developing the MC20.
In terms of design? Well, contrary to the outside, it’s not all that ‘Italian’ and is really quite functional. You have an LCD instrument display, which is partially configurable from the steering wheel and changes layout wholesale based on the drive mode. Either side of it, climate vents are tucked under a sliver of carbon trim. The central tunnel is glazed in carbon too and houses the enormous drive mode selector, which is quite the centrepiece, even below a sizeable infotainment screen. It’s not the highest-quality item to operate, mind and indeed, bits of the rest of the cabin have something of a flimsy feel and more than a little bit is borrowed – hello Fiat 500 screen and indicator ‘click’ sound. The stuff you touch regularly, though – the wheel and paddles especially – feels great.
In fact, the steering wheel is a delight, with carbon at the top and bottom, Alcantara at the sides and of course, those enormous column-mounted shift paddles that further inform a sense of exotica. It’s the right size and thickness for this car with good quality controls even if – like the nav screen – it’s slightly borrowed. Why, pray tell, couldn’t it have buttons to go back and forth on songs as well as controls for the volume? Besides a bit of ergonomic weirdness, it’s all fairly intuitive to use.
Another thorn in the side of this car’s long-distance credentials is boot space, or lack thereof. There are two boots, neither of which will take a standard carry-on suitcase. Fitted Maserati luggage or a roof box between the buttresses it is, then…