While an all-electric future is on the cards from 2025, Maserati has taken the wraps off what will likely be its last all-new model with an internal combustion engine, the GranTurismo.
Reviving a moniker that was dropped towards the end of 2019, after twelve years, the all-new GranTurismo is a clear evolution compared to its predecessor when viewed from the outside in a move that Maserati calls “the perfect balance between beauty and functionality, without ostentation”.
Ditching the aggressive front end of the previous model for a design largely borrowed from the Grecale, the Trident brand has been surprisingly silent on revealing details of the new model, but confirmed that it is based on a platform designed to install both internal combustion and electric forces.
Made of aluminum and magnesium, the platform not only supports fast wireless updates, but also supports so-called level 5 cyber security and software capable of providing a 360-degree analysis of all the different systems available.
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Although it did not provide any interior images, confirmed features include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system mounted on the center console, an 8.8- inch display and the new Heads-Up Display.
Also available are a range of interior and veneer colours, materials, voice control and an optional 19-speaker, 1,195-watt Sonus Faber sound system made specifically for the GranTurismo and no other Maserati model.
As standard, the GranTurismo is equipped with 20-inch alloy wheels with 21-inch wheels, additionally equipped with a five-mode drive selector; Comfort, Sport, GT, Corsa and ESC Off, as well as a black trim option for the exterior.
The range will initially consist of three models, none of which will offer the V8 engine of the previous model.
Kicking off the lineup is the Modena, which uses the 3.0-liter twin-turbo Nettuno V6 from the MC20 Coupe and MC20 Cielo.
Putting out the same 463 kW but 600 Nm of torque instead of 750 Nm, the Modena will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 302 km/h.
Next up is the Trofeo, which boasts the same engine but with power boosted to 410kW/650Nm. The maximum speed is set at 320 km/h, acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 3.2 seconds.
Standard transmission for both is the familiar eight-speed automatic from ZF, while all-wheel drive is optional in the Modena. Otherwise, the drive goes to the rear wheels.
However, it’s the Folgore that takes center stage, the moniker’s second Maserati premiere after its debut on the Grecale.
Meaning “lightning” in Italian, the Folgore uses an all-electric powertrain consisting of a 92.5 kWh battery, 800-volt architecture and three electric motors for an efficient all-wheel drive configuration.
Delivering a total output of 560 or 610 kW when supercharged, with a torque of 1350 Nm, the GranTurismo Folgore will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 320 km/h, despite weighing 2,260 kg against 1795 kg. Modena and Trophy. However, the claimed range is not disclosed.
The GranTurismo is expected to go on sale in the second quarter of 2023, with the Folgore to follow later. The GranTurismo is expected to debut around the same time in South Africa, but only Nettuno-powered models are expected to be offered.