Geneva motor show.
new model, understood to be a replacement for the Granturismo sports
car, is named after Alfieri Maserati, one of the brothers who founded
the company. The car is inspired by the 1954 Maserati A6GCS road and
race car, but the firm is adamant that the concept is "not a nostalgic
and retrospective study".
The car is based on the Granturismo MC
Stradale chassis, shortened by 240mm. It is 4590mm long, 1930mm wide and
1280mm high with a wheelbase of 2700mm.
It is uses the
Granturismo's transaxle and 4.7-litre V8 engine, which develops 460bhp
at 7000rpm and 383lb ft at 4750rpm. The Alfieri uses a bespoke exhaust
It uses Maserati's MC Shift automated manual gearbox with a
limited-slip differential, and Maserati claimes "optimised" weight
distribution with slight rear bias. It also uses the MC Stradale's
carbon ceramic brakes and Brembo callipers.
Maserati is said to have targeted a kerb weight of less than 1400kg for the new car.
concept features specially designed 20in and 21in rims with spokes
inspired by the classic wheels of the 1950s. The show car is finished in
'Steel Flair' paint, while accents including the brake calipers,
grille, air ducts and tailpipes are painted in 'Maserati Blue'.
2+2 cabin is influenced by the Maserati 5000 GT and is built around a
central screen. The instrument panel is a digital twin-dial affair and
the floor is finished in a material that simulates the oxidised steel
finish found on race cars from the 1950s.
executive, Harald Wester, is talking up the new concept as a present to
all the workers who have had to go through the lows of Maserati's
history, and who have persevered through thick and thin. This car – and
the future – is presented as being an end to the turbulent years.
"Sustainable growth is coming," he said.
"This is what quiet,
hard-working passionate car makers make. This is the future of our
design and our homage to our history. We are evaluating now if this can
go in to production and complement our line-up. Just imagine the
possibilities of building and selling this car.
"Alfieri is not a
GT. It is a perfect sized 2+2 sports car that could complete the line-up
at Maserati. We've rejuvenated and expanded our portfolio, we've
doubled our dealer network and our sales building towards targets. We
want to offer new and fresh choices to our clients and break the
shackles of sports car conformity."
Wester also pledged to instil world-class quality and manufacturing standards. "We are well on the way to that," he said.
Group design chief, Lorenzo Ramaciotti, said, "I always wanted to work
for Maserati. I had opportunity for many years to design for Ferrari,
but Maserati was my childhood dream. I've done that for the past decade.
sports car is my dream, though. In 30 years designing cars this is a
great boost to our creativity – you work through the night in projects
like this to show what you are capable of doing."
Thanks to: Autocar