If a sports car is fast, beautiful, and expensive, eventually customers will demand a convertible variant. Maserati unveiled the topless version of its MC20 coupe this week and named it after the sky over our heads. The 2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo Spyder is a mid-engine Italian sports car with a party trick. It takes 12 seconds for its retractable hardtop, with a glass window, to hide under the MC20 Cielo’s deck lid. However, its signature move is the hard top’s Webasto glass panel which can turn from transparent to opaque at the tab of a button.
Its 007-chic glass panel inspired Maserati to name the MC20 Spyder “Cielo,” which translates to ‘sky’ in Italian. The one drawback to the Spyder is not being able to see the MC20’s 3.0-liter Bi-turbo V6 when the roof is down. However, it is certainly not a deal-breaker as the MC20 Cielo Spyder’s exterior design is more than enough to stimulate the eyes. Moreover, the car’s rear deck offers a large piece of real estate to place a matte-titanium decal of Maserati’s three-prong logo as an optional appearance package.
In terms of performance, the 2023 Maserati MC20 Cielo Spyder is a hair slower than the coupe. According to Maserati, the Spyder is 143 pounds heavier than the coupe and features the same 621-hp drivetrain. However, only people who care more about stats than driving sensation will notice a difference between the two cars. For example, the zero to 60 time for the MC20 coupe is 2.9-seconds compared to 3.0-seconds in the Cielo Spyder.
Maserati is waiting to unveil pricing for the new MC20 Cielo Spyder. Press photos show the Cielo Spyder in a lovely triple-layer shade of pale blue Acquamarina paint. This color is available through Maserati’s Fuoriserie customization program. In addition, the pale blue paintwork is featured in the PrimeSerie Launch Edition variant of the MC20 Cielo, limited to only 60 examples. These cars offer PrimaSeria badging and exclusive gold-finish Roman numeral-inspired MM20 wheels.
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