For years, the Maserati GranTurismo has been an icon of the Maserati range, imbued with a timeless elegance and an enticing blend of pure handling and long-distance GT comfort. The car that replaces it comes with the weight of expectation on its shoulders, taking up the mantle of one of the most enduring Maserati’s ever.
Very soon, the all-new GranTurismo will be revealed to the world, destined for a debut in 2023. But not before it has undertaken a rigorous multi-year testing regime to ensure it lives up to its prestigious forebear. And there’s certainly no indication that Maserati is playing it safe; the new GranTurismo will be the first in a range of new ‘Folgore’ all-electric Maseratis, although versions using the MC20’s motorsport-inspired V6 engine will also be on offer.
Early prototypes, still hidden from view by camouflage, reveal a car that has taken the outgoing GranTurismo’s timeless proportions as its foundations, building a thoroughly modern reincarnation with the sharper, more sculpted forms introduced with the Maserati MC20. After all, a modern design overhaul must accompany the powertrain innovations underneath the skin.
Details of that all-electric powertrain are still being gradually revealed, but an enticing EV with up to three motors and more than 1,000hp is promised. With the instant torque of three electric motors, not to mention the traction of a four-wheel-drive set-up, that will mean 0-62mph in around three seconds, with a top speed of roughly 190mph.
With a focus on handling, there is careful consideration being given to the placement of the GranTurismo’s Folgore’s battery packs around the car for perfect weight distribution and agile handling. Electric motors also happen to be infinitely more flexible than combustion engines, able to stop – or even reverse – their motion in an instant. This gives any electrified versions of the GranTurismo the opportunity to use advanced torque vectoring systems to further sharpen handling.
Away from the zero emissions derivatives, more traditionally powered versions of the GranTurismo will use the Nettuno V6, first introduced on the MC20 supercar. The first power unit developed completely by Maserati in over 20 years, the 3.0-litre engine houses twin-turbochargers, six cylinders and a Formula 1-grade pre-chamber combustion which creates a more efficient burn. In the MC20, it produces up to 621bhp.
All the official details of the new Maserati GranTurismo will be revealed in the first half of 2023. If you’re interested in learning more about other models in the Maserati range, contact us and we can talk you through your options.