- Only 34 units ever produced of the Maserati 5000 GT 2+2 Coupé from 1959 to 1965
- Powered by a 4.9-litre V8 producing 325 horsepower
- Spiritual predecessor to Maserati’s next-generation coupe, likely a plug-in hybrid sports luxury car
In 1959, Italian manufacturer Maserati presented a stunning new coupe to the world at the Turin Auto Show. That car was the 5000 GT 2+2 Coupé.
Only 34 units of the Maserati 5000 GT 2+2 Coupé were built, the first one having been designed to the specific request of the Shah of Persia, Reza Pahlavi. As various coachbuilders created the car’s bodies over its six-year production run, not all 5000 GTs are styled the same. Other builders included Allemano, Pininfarina, Monterosa, Ghia, Bertone and Frua as well as Michelotti for Vignale.
The one in these pictures features a body by Carrozzeria Touring, and is equipped with a DOHC, 4.9-litre V8 that develops 325 horsepower, sending its power to the rear wheels via a ZF four-speed manual transmission. The engine was lifted from a Maserati 450S race car, but modified by the company’s chief engineer Giulio Alfieri.
From 1960 on, the engine’s displacement increased from 4,938 to 4,941 cc, but output rose to 340 hp. In 1963, the four-speed gearbox was replaced by a five-speed unit. According to the brand, the Maserati 5000 GT 2+2 Coupé could reach a top of 260 to 270 km/h, which wasn’t too shabby for the era.
Back in the summer of 2018, Maserati had announced that its future EV coupe and cabriolet would use a plug-in hybrid powertrain and an all-wheel drive system, good for a top speed of more than 300 km/h and a 0-100 km/h dash of “about two seconds.” That car will be called the Alfieri. Or maybe it will be the next-generation GranTurismo, if the company hasn’t changed its mind.
So, despite the end of production of the current GranTurismo coupe and cabriolet, the brand will indeed introduce a new sports car in the near future, likely a spiritual successor to the magnificent Maserati 5000 GT 2+2 Coupé.
In fact, about two weeks ago, the brand even released a few teaser images of a heavily wrapped, coupe prototype which is said to feature a “100% Maserati” engine. As we previously mentioned, Maseratis will stop using Ferrari-developed engines in 2021. This new coupe will make its official debut in May 2020.