Maserati Alfieri

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Maserati Alfieri
Maserati Alfieri - 2015 NAIAS (16087661039) (cropped).jpg
Overview
ManufacturerMaserati
Production2014 (concept)
2020 (planned)
AssemblyItaly
DesignerMarco Tencone
Body and chassis
ClassGrand tourer (S)
Body style2+2 coupé
LayoutFront-Engine, rear-wheel drive
Front-Engine, all-wheel drive
Powertrain
Engine4.7L Ferrari-Maserati F136 YS V8 (Concept)
3.0L Ferrari F160 Twin Turbo V6 (Production; planned)
Maserati Electric Power train (planned)
Transmission6-speed robotised MC-Shift semi-automatic
Chronology
PredecessorMaserati GranTurismo/GranCabrio
The 1954 model Maserati A6 GCS/54 was an inspiration for the new Alfieri design in 2014.[1]

The Maserati Alfieri is a 2+2 grand tourer from the Italian car manufacturer Maserati. It was shown as a concept car at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and has not entered production as of 2019. The planned production would start from 2020.

The 2014 concept[edit]

It is named after Alfieri Maserati (1887–1932), one of the five Maserati Brothers, and marks the 100 year anniversary of the car maker, which was established 1914 in Bologna. It has been developed at the Centro Stile Maserati in Turin. The chief overall designer was Marco Tencone, while the exterior chief designer was Giovanni Ribotta. The project was managed by Lorenzo Ramaciotti (born 1948), who has been Centro Stile director 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 lighter Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale with a shorter wheelbase of 24 cm, with a locking transaxle and Ferrari-derived 4.7 liter V8 engine producing 460 hp (343 kW) and 520 N⋅m (384 lbf⋅ft) at 4750 rpm.

Rescheduled for 2020[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] The predictions were it would receive three V6 engine choices, producing 410 bhp (306 kW; 416 PS), 450 bhp (336 kW; 456 PS), and 520 bhp (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 said to be joined by a convertible variant in 2021 after the coupe's release.[3] An electric version was planned for 2021 at the earliest.[4][5]

As of June 2018, Maserati has stated that it offer the Alfieri as a plug-in hybrid from 2021 and as an electric vehicle from 2020 with three electric motors and all-wheel drive, except its only petrol versions. Also, Alfieri coupe and cabrio will replace Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio. The top plug-in hybrid version will accelerate 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 2 seconds and will have a top speed of over 300 km/h (190 mph).[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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