Maserati has officially lifted the life on their next generation Super GT with the unveiling of the 2023 Maserati GranTurismo. The car will debut with three engine configurations, two will offer the heartwarming V6 Nettuno engine, while the third will be an uber-powerful 100% electric battery-based powertrain delivering 560kW (760HP) to the wheels. Dubbed the Folgore, this will be the first all-electric vehicle to find its way into the Maserati lineup, foreshadowing the company’s plan to go fully electric by 2030.
Showcasing many of the design features we’ve come to love from its supercar sister the MC20, the coupe will reintroduce the long bonnet and four-fender design we’ve come to appreciate from the Trident badge. It’s masculine through its shoulder line, rear bumper, and front wheel arches, but rather feminine in the face with a familiar front grille and bumper. Overall, we think it looks great.
Powertrain options will extend to a 3.0-litre V6 Nettuno Twin Turbo engine found in the Modena with 490HP and the Trofeo version that’s based on the same engine, upgraded to a maximum power of 550 hp. These will offer new and returning customers the chance to experience a Maserati in classic Maserati form with aural bliss and emotion that’s only found in internal combustion engines.
Alternatively, for the forward-thinking Maserati customer, there’s a bonkers powerful Folgore model with a tri-motor 300-kW permanent magnet motor setup. The resulting combined power figure has been set at 560kW (760HP) and exactly matches that of the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. It’s safe to say Maserati has made its intentions clear at who exactly it’s targetting, we expect to see a retort and ‘update’ to the Taycan range sometime next year.
The overall battery capacity of the 2023 Maserati GranTurismo Folgore almost matches that of the Taycan, with a nominal capacity of 92.5 kWh. The battery is tucked under the vehicle in a ‘T-bone’, which forms part of Maserati’s “zero compromises” approach and avoids placing the battery modules under the seats, mainly moving them around the central tunnel and therefore considerably lowering the car’s H-point. It’s also a packaging consideration, and just like the Mini Cooper SE we drove recently, it means the manufacturer can simply swap out the gearbox, driveshafts and exhaust for EV batteries and motors.
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While official weights haven’t been shared at the time of writing, expect this to be a major factor when considering the difference in character between ICE and EV. Maserati has assured us that the specific set-up and innovative layout of the battery have resulted in the containment of vehicle height to 1353 mm, without compromising its sporty nature.
In doing so, they’ve taken a ‘multi-material’ approach that required new manufacturing processes to be created, resulting in best-in-class weight levels. Reading between the lines, it will best the Porsche Taycan’s 2,295 kg – roughly 600kg heavier than ‘heavy’ sports cars such as the BMW M4 Competition (1,700kg).
The Stellantis-owned company will produce all three models at the Mirafiori manufacturing hub in Turin, Italy. At launch, the GranTurismo will be available in the PrimaSerie 75th Anniversary Launch Edition, a limited series featuring exclusive content and dedicated to its recent 75th anniversary.
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