Anticipation is growing over the launch of the new GranTurismo Folgore EV – and Maserati has whetted the appetite further with the release of an exciting new video on its YouTube channel.
The five-minute short film provides the clearest look yet at the all-electric 2+2 GT prior to its official global premiere next year, and also gives some fascinating insight into the extent of its capabilities.
The video depicts two key figures from Maserati – head of design Klaus Busse and chief communications officer Maria Conti – giving a ride to American comedian and actor Sebastien Maniscalco, best known for playing mobster Joe Gallo in the 2019 Martin Scorsese movie, The Irishman.
Maniscalco, apparently an electrification sceptic, is treated to a spellbinding drive around Monterey and Big Sur in California, where his preconception that EVs might be “boring” is conclusively shattered with Busse at the wheel.
Maserati aficionados will be pleased to learn that the video reveals the GranTurismo Folgore is capable of 0-60mph in 2.6 seconds and can reach a thrilling top speed in excess of 200mph. They’ll also be happy to find out that it charges extremely quickly, too, accumulating 100 miles of range in a mere 10 minutes.
And they’ll be delighted that the signature Maserati sound remains intact, created by the same team that works on the note of the brand’s combustion engines.
Although the video does not reveal the interior of the car in detail, Busse drops some clues as to what to expect, explaining that recycled nylon has been used to produce a material that helps to reinforce the car’s environmentally conscious credentials, but remains true to the brand’s reputation for Italian creativity.
It’s also clear that the core values of comfort, elegance and performance remain very much to the fore on the new model.
The Folgore designation – it means lightning in Italian – will be used for all Maserati’s 100% electric variants, with the marque having committed to launching pure EV versions of all its models by 2025. By 2030, the entire range will be fully electric.
Earlier this year it released details about the forthcoming Grecale Folgore.