Maserati Alfieri

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Maserati Alfieri Concept
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Overview
ManufacturerMaserati
Production
  • 2014 (concept)
AssemblyItaly: Modena
DesignerGiovanni Ribotta under Marco Tencone at Centro Stile Maserati
Body and chassis
ClassGrand tourer (S)
Body style2-door coupé
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive / all-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine4.7 L Ferrari-Maserati F136 YS V8 (Concept)
Transmission6-speed MC-Shift automated manual (concept)
Chronology
PredecessorMaserati GranTurismo/GranCabrio
1954 Maserati A6 GCS/54 was an inspiration for the new Alfieri design in 2014.[1]

The Maserati Alfieri is a grand tourer from the Italian car manufacturer Maserati. It was shown as a concept car at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Concept[edit]

The car is named after Alfieri Maserati (1887–1932), one of the five Maserati Brothers, and marks the 100 year anniversary of the carmaker, which was established in 1914 at Bologna. It was developed at the Centro Stile Maserati in Turin. The chief designer was Marco Tencone, while the exterior chief designer was Giovanni Ribotta. The project was managed by Lorenzo Ramaciotti, who has been the director of Centro Stile since 2007 and in 2014 was the head of Fiat-Chrysler Global Design.[2]

The Alfieri uses design elements of the Maserati A6 GCS/54 designed by Pininfarina in 1954. It is based on the chassis of the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale with a shorter wheelbase of 24 cm, equipped with a locking transaxle and Ferrari-derived 4.7-litre V8 engine rated at 460 hp (343 kW) and 520 N⋅m (384 lbf⋅ft) at 4750 rpm.

Production version[edit]

The Alfieri was confirmed for production in 2016 at a Fiat Chrysler event on 6 May 2014 but was delayed to 2020 at the earliest.[3] According to reports, the Alfieri was to be offered with three V6 engine choices, rated at 410 hp (306 kW; 416 PS), 450 hp (336 kW; 456 PS) and 520 hp (388 kW; 527 PS).[3] The 450-horsepower and 520-horsepower versions were said to only have an all-wheel-drive system.

The Alfieri was reported to be joined by a convertible variant in 2021 after the coupe's introduction.[3] An electric version was planned for 2021 at the earliest.[4][5]

In June 2018, Maserati announced that the Alfieri would be offered as a plug-in hybrid from 2021 and as an electric vehicle from 2020 with three electric motors and all-wheel-drive. Further, the Alfieri coupe and convertible would replace the Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio.[6][7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ This was stated explicitly by the project manager Lorenzo Ramaciotti (born 1948) in a promotional video presented in Mirco Magni's article Maserati Alfieri: l'evoluzione stilistica riassunta in un video ufficiale at the Italian automotive blog autoblog.it on 21 March 2014.
  2. ^ IL CONCEPT ALFIERI PROTAGONISTA MASERATI DEL SALONE DELL'AUTO DI GINEVRA, press release from the manufacturing company, dated 4 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Maserati confirms Levante SUV for 2016, Alfieri for 2020 - Autoblog". autoblog.com. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  4. ^ Rendell, Julian (23 November 2016). "All-electric Maserati Alfieri coming in 2020". Autocar. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Marchionne Mulls Maserati Electric Sportscar as Tesla Competitor". Bloomberg.com. 18 June 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  6. ^ Tim Kuniski, Maserati, Maserati 2018–22 production plans and speculations, 1 June 2018.
  7. ^ Maserati Alfieri going after Tesla in topgear.com, 1 June 2018.
  8. ^ [1]

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