The all-new Maserati Gran Turismo has been a very long time coming and it’s each bit as stunning because the automotive it replaces.
Although manufacturing of the curvy coupe doesn’t start till subsequent 12 months, and it received’t attain Australia till late 2023, the Italian model has already unveiled the newest model of its most iconic mannequin.
There’s way more to this two-door than its predictably beautiful Italian design. The brand new Gran Turismo household additionally marks a serious flip in Maserati’s lengthy historical past.
On the prime of the line-up is a battery-powered model. It’s Maserati’s first-ever EV however
it received’t be the final. The corporate plans to be producing solely EVs by 2030.
The Gran Turismo EV known as Folgore. That’s Italian for lightning and the title might be used on all the corporate’s future EVs.
The electrical Gran Turismo definitely lives as much as the title. Its energy and efficiency will shock the internal-combustion engined Modena and Trofeo variants.
And these is not going to be sluggish vehicles. Each are powered by the thundering Nettuno engine.
This Maserati-made twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 is already used within the model’s MC20 supercar and the highest model of the Grecale SUV.
Within the Modena model of the brand new Gran Turismo the Nettuno is tuned to ship 360kW, within the Trofeo 405kW. Each come commonplace with an eight-speed automated and all-wheel drive.
The earlier Gran Turismo, discontinued again in 2019 after a prolonged 12-year manufacturing run, had a non-turbo V8 and rear-drive.
Maserati claims impressively snappy 0-100km/h acceleration occasions for the brand new petrol-powered Gran Turismos; 3.9 seconds for the Modena, 3.5 seconds for the Trofeo.
The Folgore takes simply 2.7 seconds, a quantity positive to earn it a spot among the many acceleration elite.
Visible variations between the EV and the opposite fashions are minimal, in and out. That is potential because the Gran Turismo Folgore’s battery pack isn’t a flat slab beneath the ground, as in most different EVs.
As a substitute it’s formed to slot in the house occupied by the engine, transmission and exhaust
system of the petrol-burners. It’s extensive on the entrance after which slender sufficient to slot in the central transmission tunnel and Maserati engineers name it a “T-bone” design. This structure is the explanation the Folgore could be as low and smooth as the opposite Gran Turismo fashions.
The T-bone battery pack is hefty. It will probably retailer about 90kWh, just like different high-end EVs such because the Porsche Taycan, and sufficient for a driving vary of 450km in line with the WLTP check commonplace.
As with the Porsche Taycan and Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Maserati battery pack is 800-volt, double the EV norm. This brings advantages; when linked to a DC quick charger it could suck up present sooner, at as much as 270kW.
Maserati engineers declare the Gran Turismo Folgore has “essentially the most highly effective motors
in the marketplace”. There are three of them: one for every of the rear wheels and
one other for the entrance axle.
Although every can ship a sustained 300kW, the battery pack merely can’t discharge quick sufficient to produce all three motors with most energy present directly. The automotive’s most mixed energy output is due to this fact capped at 560kW, however this is sufficient to make the Gran Turismo Folgore lightning quick.