Electric won't be the only option.
All of the hype surrounding the new 2023 Maserati GranTurismo has been squarely pointed at the electric Folgore version, which was spotted ahead of Monterey Car Week. Maserati has been teasing its upcoming electric coupe for well over a year now, but in a new set of images, Maserati has let the car out of the metaphorical bag by showing off the new GranTurismo ahead of its official debut.
Unlike the previous teasers and leaks, these photos show the gas-powered model with the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged Nettuno V6. Maserati says the V6 GranTurismo will come in Modena and Trofeo trims.
Aside from a few Maserati trident decals on the hood and doors, this looks like the completed GranTurismo. The headlights bear some resemblance to the MC20 supercar, as do the taillights. Overall, the shape doesn't depart too much from the outgoing GranTurismo, which is good news because it was among the prettiest cars of the mid-2000s.
Maserati hasn't shared any images of the interior or release performance specifications, so some details can still be left for the debut. In the MC20, the Nettuno V6 produces 621 horsepower and 538 lb-ft going out through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
If we had to guess, the GranTurismo will receive a de-tuned version of this engine producing closer to the 523 hp found in the Grecale Trofeo and will use a different transmission, likely a torque converter automatic. The GranTurismo Trofeo should produce a bit more power than the Modena, though how much additional power is unknown.
With these photos leaving very little to the imagination, it's strange that Maserati won't reveal the car fully until next year. This is easily one of the most drawn-out car reveals in recent memory, and it will be interesting to see if the final product lives up to the buildup.
Though the Italian automaker has released countless teasers, we still know very little about the GranTurismo's reveal schedule. The global launch will take place in 2023, but it's unclear if the Modena and Trofeo will be released at the same time as the electric Folgore. Maserati showed off the gas-powered and electric Grecale models at the same time, but the latter will not arrive on the market for another year.
This will easily be the most important GranTurismo in the model's 75-year history, so Maserati can't afford for this launch to go poorly. From what we've seen so far, it could be worth the wait.