The Maserati GranTurismo coupe was the oldest model in the trident brand’s lineup, but as of this morning, the Modena, Italy-based division has rectified that with the presentation of the new generation of the model. The GT coupe is back and the least we can say is that the manufacturer has just reinforced its desire to enter the electric era with this 2+2 GT coupe.
Indeed, with the Maserati GranTurismo Folgore, the Italian automaker is entering the electric niche with a performance-oriented car. For now, details are limited on the brand’s first electric offensive. Equipped with three electric motors, the GT Folgore delivers a whopping 760 horsepower, thanks to a 92.5 kWh battery pack. The battery pack, which is shaped like a “T-Bone”, is integrated into the architecture in the transmission tunnel and at the rear, which the designers say does not affect the car’s handling too much. Needless to say, the weight of the batteries is the engineers’ number one enemy. The GranTurismo Folgore is also a four-wheel-drive car, which guarantees impressive acceleration times of 2.7 seconds from 0-100 km/h, despite the fact that the Folgore is the heaviest of the trio.
The other alternative is the new twin-turbocharged V6 engine recently introduced in the MC20. The block, better known as the Nettuno, is available in two versions: the Modena version with the V6 increased to 490 horsepower and the Trofeo version with the power increased to 550 horsepower. Behind the V6, an eight-speed automatic transmission will be used to send all that power to the rear wheels.
The automaker is also taking advantage of the launch of this GT to introduce a new platform, the skeleton of the GranTurismo coupe, which makes use of aluminum, magnesium and high-performance steel. Compared to its predecessor, the new sports car is longer, wider and higher with a longer wheelbase than in the past.
The design of the new GT shouldn’t be too different from the previous model, with the cabin housed behind a long hood with rounded fenders. The bumper differs slightly between the versions (Modena, Trofeo, and Folgore), as does the rear of the coupe. The electric version has a charging hatch, while the exhaust pipes of the gasoline engine version have been left out for obvious reasons. Finally, the design of the wheels is exclusive to the 100% electric version.
There were no photos of the interior with this release from Maserati, but the automaker did make a point of indicating that there would be a 12.2-inch digital screen behind the steering wheel and a 12.3-inch touchscreen on the dashboard, while a third 8.8-inch screen would be added to the center console.
For now, Maserati has said it will deliver the first gasoline-powered examples of its new model in the second quarter of 2023, while the Folgore livery will arrive later. And it’s clear that a GranCabrio soft-top version will join the lineup a little later, likely next year after the first deliveries of the coupe.