Can Maserati make a desirable electric sports car?
The Maserati GranTurismo is looking pretty ancient in the current marketplace. Maserati spent some serious cash on this latest iteration, but Maserati is hoping that some electrification will help too. If you'll forgive the pun, electrification will zap some life back into the brand's big GT coupe. At the very least, it would appear that Maserati is putting in the work to try.
Our spies captured this GranTurismo Folgore lapping the famous Nurburging Nordschleife this week. It was sporting the same livery that we'd seen before, though with a red color scheme instead. Not that the livery matters, as we've seen the Folgore nearly without camo before.
Which makes us wonder why Maserati would continue to hide the Folgore. Why not pull a Porsche-move and ditch the camo entirely? From what we can tell, there's really only one reason. That blue car we saw roaming the streets of Rome wasn't production spec, nor was it a fully uncovered car. There were still some panels obscured by the electric blue wrap.
Regardless, the biggest change to the Folgore that we can spot is the wheels. Masser brought some black multi-spoke ones for the Nurburgring, but the Folgore was also seen on some existing Maserati wheels around town. Hopefully, the brand offers the wheels it used on-track on the car. They look killer.
Further aesthetic changes on the car are down to it being electrically motivated. Some parts of the car, like the grille, can be closed off now. That'll help range, of course, but also differentiate the Folgore from the regular old GranTurismo. Talking of differences, the Folgore looks to be the range-topper, with a rumored 1,200 hp courtesy of four electric motors, one at each wheel. It should also manage 60 mph in under three seconds, with a top speed of 186 mph.
We also expect Maserati to debut both a refreshed GranCabrio and a GranCabrio Folgore. Maserati is using Folgore (lightning in Italian) to mark all of its electrified models, much like Mercedes does with "EQ." We'll have to wait and see if the Italian EV effort can deliver on those cliched Italian sports car ideals of "soul" and "passion," or if the lack of a V8 up front will hurt the brand's first electric sports car.