Maserati is jumping on the EV bandwagon in a big way and after the recent debut of its Grecale, there is now the next generation GranTurismo sports coupe albeit with an electric twist. Maserati has rather cleverly teased the next-generation GranTurismo Folgore alongside its Formula E debut. Maserati will make its track debut for Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with ROKiT Venturi Racing. The single-seater racing car would be a new Gen 3 model also.
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Back to the GranTurismo and the significance of this new model dates back to the Italian car-maker earning its name with gorgeous but flaky sports cars including cars of this genre. The GranTurismo has been a Maserati staple and finally, it will get a successor after years of waiting. It would be a luxury GT (Grand Tourer) with the new Mercedes-Benz SL as its chief competitor along with the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo and Bentley GT also being counted as rivals.
Basically, a fast four-seater sports coupe with a penchant for swallowing vast distances with ease, the electric version has been teased with a retina-searing colour for the prototype version. The voluptuous haunches and the svelte detailing are very much reminiscent of the current GranTurismo while the face represents the latest Maserati design language consisting of an angular snout. It’s a great looking car beneath all that camouflage while the new version will bring in added tech along with more connectivity.
The EV Folgore version could be rumoured to be getting an insane 1200 bhp tri-motor set-up and a ‘sub-3 second’ 0-100 km/h time. Maserati will also make the new model handle better while still being a comfortable long-distance express. To add weight to its GT credentials, the GrandTurismo Folgore will also get a larger battery pack to provide ample range so as to not give range anxiety on those jaunts across Europe for the summer. After the MC20 and Grecale, the new GranTurismo represents the return of Maserati as a bigger player within the premium car market. A 1200hp EV is surely one fine way to announce that.