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20 For 20: Maserati Celebrates MC12 with Special Edition MC20

Photo Credit: Maserati S.p.A.


For Italian exotic car builder Maserati, 2024 is a year of some major milestones. At the end of this year, the company will make its 110th anniversary producing exquisite sports cars and other various luxury vehicles. Other notable anniversary for Maserati recognizes one of their brand’s classic limited edition supercars with a limited edition release of their current supercar. Spawning as part of Maserati’s Special Series with touches furnished through their Fuoriserie Personalisation Program, the MC20 Icona and MC20 Leggenda pays tribute to the MC12's legacy.

Built in 2004 and 2005, the Maserati MC12 is recognized as the company’s fastest production vehicle. While the phenomenal MC12 owed much of its existence to the extraordinary Ferrari Enzo as the Prancing Horse-badged machine was the source for the Trident branded supercar’s chassis and 6.0-liter V-12 engine, Maserati was able to apply some distinguishing traits to their vehicle. Wearing a body sculpted with the involvement of Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Maserati MC12 was 17.4 inches longer and 2.4 inches taller than its Ferrari sibling. Only 50 production examples of the MC12 were assembled joined by 12 Versione Corse models meant specifically for racetrack-only use.  


Photo Credit: Maserati S.p.A.


In recognition of the 20th anniversary to the introduction of the MC12, Maserati is creating two Special Series versions of their MC20 super sports car replicating the image of the prestigious supercar. Marrying Maserati’s unofficial company colours of blue and white, the MC20 Icona revisits aesthetics for both the MC12 as well as the early 1960s Maserati “Birdcage” Tipo 61 race cars fielded by the American Camoradi team. Combining Bianco Auduce Matte with Blu Stradale, the Maserati MC20 Icona mirrors a prominent appearance spotted with the MC12. Chrome wheels, blue-painted brake calipers and a carbon fiber engine cover are also notable inclusion on the Icona model.

Maserati’s second Special Series model, the MC20 Leggenda, is a recreation of the paint scheme worn by the competition-prepped MC12 GT1 car campaigned successfully by Vitaphone Racing. Nero Essenza and Digital Mint Matte is applied to the outer shell paired with wheels incorporating Nero Lucido and Nero Opaco matched with Trident Digital Mint hubcaps. Maserati’s Trident labels on the grille, doors and C-pillar are finished in yellow.


Photo Credit: Maserati S.p.A.


Released in 2020, the Maserati MC20 sports car was immediately cited as a spiritual successor to the MC12. The current mid-engined performance car is powered by an engine producing the same 621 horsepower as the MC12's powerplant despite being only half the displacement and number of cylinders (twin turbochargers play a major role in the MC20 engine's high power density). Boasting the same performance as its 20-year-old inspirations, the Maserati MC20 Icona and MC20 Leggenda will feature more comfortable interior accommodations as opposed to the MC12. Inside the two-passenger cabin including a carbon fiber interior package, the Special Series models come standard with a Sonus faber sound system.

In alignment with the anniversary, only 20 examples of both the Icona edition and Leggenda edition of the Maserati MC20 will be made. 

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