Italian auto manufacturer Maserati have kind of lost their way in recent years. The once very popular Italian sports car manufacturer have since become rather well known for their executive saloon cars, the Ghibli and Quattroporte and of course their very first SUV, the Levante. Unfortunately for those that want something a little more sporty, Maserati currently only offers one V8 sports car and that is the Maserati GranTurismo. Maserati unveiled the GranTurismo to the automotive universe all the way back in 2007 at the Geneva Motor Show, and three years later in 2010 they introduced the drop top version of the GranTurismo, known as the GranCabrio. As a result, the Maserati GranTurismo has been with us for quite some time now, twelve long years to be exact and it’s starting to show too.
However, despite its age the Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio still look and sound absolutely amazing but other that, it is quite clear that the GranTurismo and GranCabrio are pretty outdated now and as a result the GranTurismo and GranCabrio have been left to eat the dust of their much newer and faster rivals. Even though the Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio sport the legendary and world famous “trident” badge, this just isn’t enough to encourage buyers to purchase a new GranTurismo or GranCabrio anymore and who can faultthem? As a result Maserati need a replacement for the aging GranTurismo and they need it fast. Luckily for global Maserati enthusiasts, the Italian manufacturer has confirmed that it has a replacement lined up for the aging GranTurismo, and it’s not your usual Maserati either.
Earlier this month while speaking to British motoring publication Autocar at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Maserati boss Harald Wester confirmed that the replacement for the aging Maserati GranTurismo will make it’s global debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show and it will come in the form of the absolutely stunning Maserati Alfieri. As any real petrolhead will no doubt know, the Maserati Alfieri was first unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in concept form. However, several months after making it’s global debut, Maserati confirmed that they would be putting the Alfieri Concept into production, with production models set to be offered with a V6 engine with a choice of three different states of tune (410 hp, 450 hp, 520 hp).
Maserati also planned to produce the Alfieri in 2+2 Coupe and 2+2 Cabriolet forms with buyers able to choose between a rear-wheel drive and an all-wheel drive set-up. However, five years ago this sounded very promising on paper and it got the juices of global Maserati fans flowing but it turned out to be nothing more than a promise made by the Italian manufacturer and we have seen no signs of an actual production spec Alfieri. However, four years later in 2018 Maserati once again confirmed a production spec Alfieri would be coming when the Italian manufacturer presented its 2018 – 2022 product roadmap, however once again we have not seen any sign of an actual production spec Alfieri model.
Until now that is, as mentioned earlier in this article a production version of the Maserati Alfieri Concept is set to replace the aging Maserati GranTurismo and make it’s global debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, exciting isn’t it? According to Maserati, the production spec Alfieri will enter pre-series production at the Maserati plant in Modena, Italy within the first six months of 2020. It is believed that Maserati will be updating the production lines at the Modena plant this year in order for Alfieri production to begin next year. however, if production of the road going Alfieri does indeed begin within the first half of 2020, that means the first batch of customer cars will be completed before the end of 2020, which ultimately means, if you placed your order early, you could be behind the wheel of Maserati’s newest model by the beginning of 2021.
According to technical specifications which have been released by Maserati, the production spec Alfieri may be built on a lightweight aluminium spaceframe chassis and it may feature a lightweight construction. This all makes sense when you take into account that the production spec Maserati Alfieri will feature a plug-in-hybrid powertrain and an electrified all-wheel drive system, as a result Maserati’s primary focus is keeping the overall weight of the Alfieri as low as possible in order to minimize the weight penalty caused by the electrified hardware to only 175 kilograms (386 pounds) over the conventionally powered model.
I am not sure whether Maserati will also offer the Alfieri with a conventional internal combustion engine or not. Unfortunately there has been no mention regarding a conventional internalcombustion powertrain and no further information available at the time of writing this article. However, according to Maserati the Alfieri in it’s most powerful form will be able to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in around 2 seconds and it will keep on going until it reaches a top speed in excess of 300 km/h (186 mph). If I am brutally honest these performance figures are a tad disappointing, especially when we take into account that most of the Alfieri’s rivals are much quicker and despite Maserati being a sister company to Ferrari, they just can’t seem to produce a proper quick flagship sports car. However, we will have to wait and see what Maserati has in store for us at the end of the day, as the above mentioned performance figures are not 100 percent final yet.
If anything I am looking forward to seeing the production spec Maserati Alfieri make it’s global debut early next year, and I really hope that the production spec Alfieri retains most of the styling elements from the Alfieri Concept. I am pretty sure that certain bits of information as well as images of the production spec Alfieri will be leaked throughout 2019, after all the Maserati Alfieri is the Italian manufacturer’s first new sports car in twelve years and that is quite an occasion.
Pictured: 2014 Maserati Alfieri Concept
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