Maserati GranTurismo debuts as the brand's first electric vehicle with three motors, AWD

Maserati GranTurismo debuts as the brand’s first electric vehicle with three motors, AWD

The Maserati GranTurismo is back after a short break, but don’t let its familiar shape fool you. It looks like the old one, an intentional move on the company’s part, but bigger changes lurk beneath the sleek design. The new GT arrives with three electric motors and a battery, becoming the brand’s first electric vehicle, and it’s not the model’s only powertrain.

While the new GranTuriso shares a design with the previous generation model, the two don’t share any body panels. The new GT has a long bonnet, compact cabin and low ride height, with vertically aimed headlights like those introduced on the MC20 supercar.

One of the car’s most notable styling features is the “Cofango”, a new unified design part that combines the hood and front fenders into a single element. It moves the cut line from the top of the hood to the side of the vehicle, cutting into the wheel arches. The GranTurismo will launch with six available exterior colors and seven for the brake calipers, with Maserati’s Fuoriserie personalization program offering even more options.

The new GranTurismo uses the Nettuno V6 engine that the automaker introduced with the MC20. All-wheel drive is standard across the range, which has a rear-wheel-drive bias. The 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine features a wet sump in the coupe rather than a dry sump, and it comes equipped with cylinder deactivation. The engine produces 489 horsepower (365 kilowatts) and 442 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque in Modena. It produces 550 hp (410 kW) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) in the Trofeo.

Maserati GranTurismo Folgore Rear
Maserati GranTurismo Trofeo Rear

The Folgore uses three 300 kilowatts (402 horsepower) electric motors – one in the front and two in the rear. The car, which features an 800-volt architecture and has no front trunk, delivers 750 hp (560 kW) and 995 lb-ft (1,350 Nm) of torque, powered by a T-bone battery 92.5 kilowatt hours. in the center of the vehicle. The car can unload 100% of the available power through the rear axle.

Maserati claims the Folgore can sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 2.7 seconds, en route to a top speed of 198 mph (320 km/h). The Trofeo, which has the same top speed, can hit 62 in 3.5 seconds, while the Modena needs 3.9 seconds. It is limited to 187 mph (302 km/h).

All three versions come with offset 20- and 21-inch wheels, with the Folgore being designed for aerodynamics. They reduced the EV CD by seven percent compared to Nettuno-powered versions. The Folgore also features an air intake between the bumper and the wheel arch to reduce wind noise, exclusive to the trim. Four designs with different finishes give the GT seven different wheel options.

Visually, the three versions feature different trim and badging colors. The Folgore has gloss black accents, including the grille inserts, splitters, door handles and DLO trim. Maserati finishes badges and Trident logo in dark copper. The Trofeo features carbon fiber accents and side skirts and gloss black grille slats. The badge and logo are brushed chrome parts with a red outline. The Modena has a black grille surrounded by chrome with gloss black slats, which Maserati uses for badges, window trim, exhaust tips and the Trident.

Maserati GranTurismo Modena Rear 3/4
Maserati GranTurismo Trofeo Profile

The company has made GranTurismo’s architecture modular, capable of accommodating both electric and gasoline powertrains with minimal modifications. More than 65% of the car is aluminum. The Nettuno-powered vehicle weighs 3,957 pounds (1,795 kilograms), while the electric vehicle tips the scales at 2,260 pounds (4,982 kg). The EV may be heavier, but it also has a 50-50 weight distribution compared to the other’s 52-48 distribution.

The new GranTurismo will launch in the second quarter of 2023, with the Modena and Trofeo versions arriving first. The electric Folgore will go on sale sometime after, and the automaker hasn’t provided a specific timeline. The GranCabrio convertible will be launched within the next year with both gasoline and electric powertrains. Maserati has not finalized pricing for the model.

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