Several of Stellantis’ 14 brands made their plans for electrification known to the world during the company’s EV Day 2021 presentation, back in June. While many were shocked to see the plans for those brands, the Maserati brand had already presented its path towards electrification back in November.
That plan stated that the brand’s new GranTurismo and GranCabrio grand tourers would be the very first cars to adopt the new 100% full-electric powertrain. Those models would be followed by the new Maserati MC20 supercar, also adopting an electrified variant as well.
Maserati unveiled that each of the all-new fully-electrified vehicles would fall under the brand’s new “Folgore” or “Lightning” lineup. Each vehicle will be developed, engineered, and built 100% in Italy, and will be fitted with electric propulsion systems delivering both ground-breaking innovation and the outstanding performance typical of the Brand’s DNA.
While we have seen the new GranTurismo in prototype form, our friend Walter Vayr of GabetzSPYUnit, stumbled upon one prototype with its hood open, giving us our first look at the all-new electrified powerplant in an actual working vehicle. The Folgore powertrain has been shown off in a few promotional teasers like the one at the top of this page, but it has never been seen by the public in a bodied vehicle.
Although the test vehicle appears to be the last-generation GranTurismo, the Folgore powertrain clearly can be seen. Even the camouflage used to wrap this test mule says things like “Maserati”, “GranTurismo”, and “Folgore”.
The Folgore equipped vehicles will feature 800-volt technology and a charging capacity of up to 300 kW. Maserati has even said that the Folgore variant will be the “most powerful Maserati ever”. Some sources have stated that the powertrain will be capable of over 650 horsepower (485 kW) and have a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time in the low to the mid-2-second range.
For those who aren’t ready for the electric revolution yet, Maserati will also be more than likely equipping the GranTurismo and GranCabrio will a detuned version of the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter “Nettuno” V6 engine from the MC20. In its normal internal combustion engine (ICE) form, the Nettuno delivers 621 horsepower (463 kW) and 538 lb.-ft. of torque.
We are hoping to see the unveiling of the new GranTurismo Folgore this November.
2022 Maserati GranTurismo Folgore Prototype Image Gallery: