Like most automakers, the Maserati brand is embracing the industry’s direction towards electrification. The Italian marque has made it open knowledge about its intentions to bring a lineup of vehicles powered by its all-new Folgore (Italian for “lightning”) electrified powertrain. However, Maserati has not discussed details about the new propulsion system only that it exists, that is until now.
During a press conference yesterday, Maserati CEO Davide Grosso shared some interesting details about the brand’s upcoming second-generation GT car – the Maserati GranTurismo. The new 2+2 GT coupe is scheduled to start production later this year and features both an internal combustion engine (ICE) and battery-electric (BEV) derivatives. But surprisingly, it was the BEV model that Grosso discussed in detail.
According to Maserati, the new GranTurismo Folgore will offer more than 1,200 horsepower (895 kW) from three individual motors. It was stated in the conference that the GranTurismo would offer 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) acceleration somewhere in the 2-second range and a top speed of over 300 km/h (186 mph). Apparently, that performance is from a “bone” battery layout, which promises to allow for a lower floor and a lower center of gravity.
There was also a brief discussion about the lightweight technology applied to the vehicle’s multi-material architecture, body, and engine. Maserati hopes that using the advanced lightweight technology will not only keep the car at a lower weight for performance but help deliver on its range. We also learned that the car will use an 800-volt charging system and inverters sourced from the Formula E racing series to provide best-in-class charging capabilities.
Maserati released some new teaser shots of the GranTurismo Folgore model as well. While the shot didn’t really provide any more new details from what we have seen in recent spy photos. It does show without the vinyl camouflage on the vehicle, it will retain much of its beloved shape and style from the first-generation vehicle.
But not all of the discussion was about the GranTurismo. Instead, the automaker released a timeline of its electrified plans for its Folgore powertrain. This includes the convertible version of the GranTurismo, the GranCabrio, and the upcoming Grecale D-SUV (which will make its official debut this Tuesday) in 2023. The timeline also includes plans to bring Folgore versions of the MC20 super sportscar, the next-generation Quattroporte, and the next-generation Levante by 2025.
One thing that caught our attention was that the Ghibli was absent from any future electrification plans. You might remember back in December, we talked about how the 2022 model year could possibly be the last for the Ghibli. Unfortunately, the timeline didn’t shoot down the suspicion of the Ghibli demise.