Maserati has revealed its long-awaited, second-generation GranTurismo – and it’s been designed for the present and the future.
That’s because the new four-seat coupe has been designed with both a petrol engine and all-electric powertrain. This gives the brand a chance to appeal to its petrol-loving existing customers, while also trying to attract a new audience of buyers who are looking for electric performance.
The all-electric model is called the GranTurismo Folgore (Italian for lightning), and features three electric motors and a 92.5kWh battery that allows it to make 555kW of power. Maserati claims to have developed the electric motors alongside its upcoming Formula E entry with 800-volt technology for more performance and ultra-rapid charging.
The key to the split powertrain strategy is Maserati’s battery design, which it calls the ‘T-bone’, which has allowed them to lay the batteries in the transmission tunnel. This means the batteries can be mounted low in the car and don’t take up space under seats or similar compromised positions.
As for the petrol engine, it’s the brand’s latest ‘Nettuno’ 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 that debuted in the MC20 sports car. It will come in two states of tune in the GranTurismo, 365kW in the Modena variant and 410kW for the high-performance Trofeo model.
While the Folgore is more powerful, the extra weight of the batteries means it tips the scales at 2260kg compared to just 1785kg for the Trofeo. Importantly, that Trofeo figure is lighter than even the track-focused, lightweight GranTurismo MC from the previous generation, showcasing the new chassis design is a clear step forward.
Australia pricing and specifications will be revealed closer to its local launch, so stay tuned for details.