Nearly a misplaced artwork in America, the 2-door grand tourer is 51% luxurious automobile, 51% sports activities automobile. Sure, that’s 102%. We informed you, these are opulent vehicles.
They provide sports activities automobile beauty and highly effective engines however are tuned only a bit extra for consolation than for corners. The Maserati GranTurismo has at all times been close to the height of the shape. With competent drivers on the controls, a GranTurismo would lose a race to a Porsche 911. However the Maserati would make a contest of it, and the driving force would proceed to their nation property grateful for the bracing match, not having spilled a drop of their cappuccino.
Maserati’s most well-known GT automobile was the GranTurismo, produced from 2007 till 2019. It was recognized for its intercourse enchantment and Ferrari-derived V8.
The world has modified since 2019. However Maserati is betting that there’s nonetheless a spot in it for an exceptionally comfy automobile that appears prefer it might sustain with supercars — and nearly can. The GranTurismo returns for the 2024 model 12 months.
Maserati confirmed off pictures of its reborn grand tourer this week. Many particulars stay secret for now. We anticipate a full reveal this fall.
A Extra Natural Type
As for soul-stirring appears to be like, the brand new automobile appears to be like so much just like the outdated automobile. That’s not a foul factor.
Designers have taken the standard long-hood, short-deck proportions of the GranTurismo (you would mistake it for a Jaguar product from 30 ft away) and added extra natural curves.
New character traces within the hood appear to be new muscle. Bulges over each wheels are extra outstanding than earlier than, and a deep divot runs low alongside the doorline. The three portholes behind the entrance fender – a Maserati signature – are lined in chrome.
The automobile within the pictures wears a particular Seventy fifth-anniversary livery. That appears odd since Maserati was based 108 years in the past. The corporate says it’s a salute to the 1947 beginning of the Maserati A6, which it considers the beginning of the GT automobile.
Maserati hasn’t revealed the inside but.
A V6, Electrical Energy, and a Concession to Progress
The final time the GranTurismo appeared in U.S. dealerships, Maserati’s trademark was a rigorously tuned V8 burble.
Astonishingly, the 2024 Gran Turismo will probably be accessible with both a V6 engine or an all-electric drivetrain.
The V6 isn’t any slouch. It’s taken from the Maserati MC20 supercar. Maserati hasn’t revealed energy figures but. However within the MC20, it cranks out as much as 621 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque.
It would, nonetheless, be the newborn of the lineup. The headline-grabber would be the all-electric model. Referred to as the GranTurismo Folgore (Italian for Lightning, Ford will probably be chagrined to study), it places out practically 1,200 horsepower by way of three electrical motors – one on the entrance axle and one powering every rear wheel.
Maserati claims a 0-60 mph time of two.6 seconds and a prime pace of over 200 mph.
It gained’t get there in silence. Step on the accelerator, and the Folgore produces a surging sound that implies engine noise however doesn’t fairly replicate it, with a science-fiction resonance and a burble at idle. We hope to study extra about the way it’s produced on the full reveal. However it could assist replicate the sense of connection to the automobile that has at all times come from Maserati’s cautious sound engineering.
The corporate plans all-electric variations of its Quattroporte 4-door and Levante SUV as nicely.