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Mansory Pergusa is the Maserati MC20 that can't be saved

21st May 2024
Ethan Jupp

Not satisfied with infecting the beautiful Maserati MC20 with its ‘Soft Kit’, Mansory has doubled down, doubled the dose and left this once beautiful supercar to mutate and ferment. The result is full automotive putrefaction; the MC20 MXC Pergusa.

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It makes the soft kit look positively palatable – subtle and tasteful, even. Is anything familiar from before? That wing, maybe, but overall it just looks like they’ve bathed an MC20 in tar and ram-raided a warehouse full of an F1 team’s aero offcuts. The result is a car Barron Harkonnen would gag at.

That new exhaust setup at the rear is vaguely Hennessey F5-esque. There’s also now a roof scoop, complete with its own winglet. Of course, it feeds nothing because the MC20’s Nettuno V6 is turbocharged and not an overhead breather. I know. Mansory bodywork modification is not, in fact, functional. In other news, the sky is blue.

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Elsewhere, there are some pretty dramatic reprofiled rear arches, which lunge outwards to form giant, almost McLaren Senna-esque intakes. We hope these are functional because A, the car will still need to feed its various radiators and B, well, if they aren’t, these will just act as giant parachutes.

More to that cooling point is the fact that the Pergusa sees the MC20 get a power boost to 770PS (566kW), more than even Maserati’s own MCXtrema unlimited track car. Even so, it’s not actually that much quicker than the standard car, getting to 62mph in 2.6 seconds on the way to a 208mph top speed. Our advice: don’t get caught behind this on an autobahn run, or risk pebbledash by forged carbon shrapnel.

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So what, if anything, of the beautiful original MC20 remains? The lights, the glasshouse, the shape of the centre grille at the front. The interior is more or less unchanged too, save for a lurid retrim and a liberal slathering of diamond stitching and quilting.

But really, there’s no light left behind those eyes. This MC20 is fully infected with the Mansory virus and the engorged, mutated Pergusa is all that remains. Really, the only humane thing left to do is take it out back and give it both barrels. Or a spade. Then let’s go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint and wait for this all to blow over. 

What’s that? There are five of them? Lock and load folks. It’s gonna be a long night…

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