The GranTurismo sports car is the first to receive the all-electric treatment as Maserati stated that it will add all-electric versions of each model by 2025 and complete the transition to an all-EV lineup by 2030.
The all-electric Maserati GranTurismo was spotted testing at the Nurburgring in Germany wearing a sort of camouflage than prior prototypes and now we can see that work has proceeded. The next GranTurismo Folgore will keep its Italian design while sporting a powertrain that represents the brand’s future objectives, according to new spy pictures. A prototype version of the GranTurismo Folgore has recently driven around Rome ahead of the E-Prix event there in April this year as part of the firm’s announcement of future Formula E participation beginning in 2023.
Folgore, which translates to “lightning” in Italian, is the official name for all Maserati EVs. Therefore, Maserati is likely to beat domestic competitors Ferrari and Lamborghini in the production of their first all-electric vehicle, the GranTurismo Folgore.
Maserati CEO Davide Grasso previously told Autoblog that the GranTurismo Folgore will be powered by three electric motors, one up front and two at the rear, for a total system output of more than 895kW as it is spotted with high-voltage electrical warning labels on the front and back. It’s too early to speculate on specs, but according to Car & Driver, the trio of electric motors will produce over 1,200 horsepower and have a 0-60 time of fewer than 3 seconds. It will have an 800V electrical architecture as well as Formula E technology.
However, we can see in these new photographs that it is still covered in camouflage, so we have no idea how it will appear. Despite being a completely new vehicle, the GranTurismo Folgore has several design cues from the last GranTurismo.
A GranCabrio with a drop-top has also been confirmed and although the electric motor is novel for Maserati, the styling of the GranTurismo Folgore electric vehicle (EV) is not.
The Folgore’s side appearance is similar to that of its predecessor, with a tall bonnet that slopes into a gently slanted windscreen and a thick back pillar that will undoubtedly bear the Maserati trident logo. It has the proportions of a classic grand tourer, and many of the tiny elements are evocative of previous Maseratis.
Maserati will also offer the GranTurismo with an internal-combustion engine (ICE), purportedly a version of the MC20’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo ‘Nettuno’ V6 engine. Expect the GranTurismo Folgore to improve on its predecessors’ technological features as well. The Folgore, according to our crystal ball, will have extra driver assist technologies to complement the all-new electric engine and an upgraded touchscreen interface.
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We’ll learn more about Maserati’s first EV in the coming months, but for now, we’ll just say that the possibility of a new GranTurismo has us quite thrilled.
While no specific range estimates have been announced, Tonon has stated that the maximum driving range from a full charge will be “satisfying for our customers.” The Italian luxury manufacturer will also unveil a fully electric version of its MC20 supercar, as well as all-new electric versions of its Levante SUV and Quattroporte sports sedan, by 2025.
Tonon stated that “you will not hear an ICE V6 false sound in the Folgore models, it’s about being authentic.” Because the engine is unique, we used electric motors to create a truly raw Maserati sound. It is not a forgery. The electric motor sound was developed to be iconic, unique, and Maserati.”
Maserati is far from the first marque in Stellantis’ broad brand portfolio to announce a sales halt for combustion-powered automobiles.