Maserati GranTurismo resurrected as brand's first EV
Here it is again. The Maserati GranTurismo disappeared from the performance stable for a little while in 2019 when the brand decided to stop producing it, shifting focus to future projects.
One of the projects was venturing into EVs while also bolstering the Maserati range, which saw the birth of the MC20 sports car. With that said, the GranTurismo has been reintroduced as an all-new vehicle. While it looks similar to the outgoing model, it promises considerable improvements.
The new GranTurismo Folgore also becomes the brand's first dedicated EV, and if that doesn't entice you, the Maserati has an ICE-powered variant.
Regarding the Folgore, it spawns an 800-Volt architecture derived from Formula E plus three potent permanent magnet motors. As you would have guessed, there are two motors mounted on the rear and one on the front axle, good for a total of 300 kW. The battery pack has a capacity of 92.5 kWh and a discharge capacity of 560 kW and a monstrous 1,350 Nm of torque, making it a silent assassin of note.
The ICE-powered GranTurismo is available in two variants; Modena and Trofeo. It borrows the MC20's 3.0-litre V6 engine that delivers 365 kW of power and 600 Nm in the former and 410 kW and 650 Nm in the latter. For reference sake, the same engine spews out 463 kW and 729 Nm in the MC20.
On the performance front, the Folgore will tear the drag strip silently with a zero to 100 km/h time of 2.7 seconds en route to a top speed of 320 km/h. The Modena and Trofeo will complete the same task in 3.9 and 3.5 seconds, respectively.
The new GranTurismo has the Maserati Intelligent Assistant Multimedia system, a new infotainment, a comfort display, a digital clock, and an optional heads-up display.
Maserati says it'll offer the PrimaSerie 75th Anniversary Launch Edition at launch. This model will have exclusive content dedicated to its recent 75th anniversary.
If everything goes according to plan, Maserati will, starting with the ICE derivatives, introduce the GranTurismo range in 2023. We can expect the GranCabrio to follow suit before the end of next year.