There isn't another all-electric supercar drop-top on the market right now.
The first spy shots have emerged of the Maserati GranCabrio Folgore, an all-electric drop-top version of the Italian manufacturer's stunning grand tourer. Just days ago, the gas-powered GranCabrio was spotted with a soft-top roof and in what appeared to be Trofeo guise with a more powerful version of the Nettuno V6 engine.
The GranCabrio Folgore also has a soft-top roof, which is a smart decision to keep weight down when you consider that the GranTurismo Folgore coupe already weighs nearly 5,000 pounds.
The good news is that the addition of the soft-top roof has done little to spoil the car's elegant lines. Elements like the classic oval grille with the Trident logo and the simple headlight clusters with their distinctive lighting signature have been retained.
The GranCabrio Folgore also has the same unique wheels found on the coupe, measuring 20 inches in front and 21 inches at the back. The quad-exit tailpipes are gone, which is no surprise since this is the electric version.
Besides the lack of the shark fin antenna, the soft-top roof very closely echoes the style of the coupe. As these spy shots were taken during winter in snowy conditions, we can't get a look at the Folgore with its roof folded, but it should be one of the most attractive convertibles on the road.
What's more interesting than its alluring looks is that this will be an incredibly rare all-electric drop-top. The only other electric drop-top listed on our site is the Tesla Roadster, a car that hasn't even gone into production yet.
Natural GT rivals for the Maserati cabrio include the Bentley Continental GT Convertible and Aston Martin DB11 Volante, neither of which are available with an all-electric powertrain. Bentley's first EV is only coming in 2026, and that's not expected to be a convertible. The Genesis X Concept convertible is heading to production and looks good enough to mix it with truly premium rivals, but it lacks the brand cachet of a Maserati.
This scarcity of fully electric drop-tops is perhaps no surprise. Engineering a convertible GT while keeping the weight down and retaining the equivalent coupe's driving dynamics is challenging enough. Adding a heavy electric powertrain to the mix further complicates matters. Space must be freed up for a folding roof mechanism and electric components, which can't be easy to execute.
The GranCabrio Folgore will be no slouch, though. It's expected to inherit the regular Folgore's three-motor system that makes a combined 751 horsepower. This drop-top should be capable of hitting 60 mph in around three seconds, if not slightly less, and the fact that torque can be doled out to each rear wheel individually should help offset its weight by making it feel more agile.
We expect the GranCabrio Folgore to debut at the end of this year, with deliveries to follow in 2024, and at a price easily exceeding $200,000, especially since the regular GranTurismo coupe is far more expensive than the V8 model it replaces.
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