Maserati has unveiled their all-new all-electric coupe, the Maserati GranTurismo Folgore.
Maserati is yet another Stelantis brand moving over to electric vehicles, but with such a storied brand in the performance/luxury gas vehicle market, there are bound to be critics. Nonetheless, the historic Italian brand hopes to create something that embodies its traditional fit, finish, and beauty with its new EV, taking on the tagline, “others just travel.”
The Maserati GranTurismo is not a new name to the lineup; it has long been the coupe offering from the brand and has been one of the brand’s most successful nameplates. However, this does mean that the vehicle is dual platform, allowing for both gas and electric versions to be made in an effort to maintain considerable market success. The gas version is powered by a three-liter twin-turbo V6, available in the Modena and Trofeo trim levels, but the electric drivetrain is reserved for the top-of-the-line model.
The GranTurismo “Folgore,” or Thunderbolt in English, uses a tri-motor setup to produce 760 horsepower and 996 pound-feet of torque, 210 horsepower more than and almost double the torque of the top gas model. It is powered by an enormous 92.5kWh battery pack, employs an 800-volt architecture, and can charge at a rate of up to 270kW. Range numbers have not yet been released for the vehicle.
But, as usual for Maserati, the vehicle is more than just its numbers. The brand is trying to create a more emotional experience if it wasn’t eminently obvious from their tagline. The vehicle is equipped with 19 speakers, producing the vehicle’s signature sound. While it maintains the styling cues from the Ghibli sport sedan; broad rear haunches, a low-slung cabin, and a signature oval front “grill.”
It will be interesting to see how the electric version of the vehicle sells compared to its gas counterpart. And further, will Maserati’s design influence other Stelantis performance brands like Ferrari? While I remain doubtful that anything Maserati does would influence their Italian cousin, it may influence Alfa Romeo. The latter will likely also introduce their first EV models shortly.
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