As emblematic of Maserati as the trident is of Neptune, GT returns with a V6 turbo or batteries
That this new Maserati GranTurismo comes with an all-electric powertrain isn’t the big story here. Nor the fact that he comes without a central element of its DNA – a V8 – that is as emblematic of Maserati as the trident is of Neptune.
The big story here is of course the fact that Maserati has managed to retain a key element of GranTurismo heritage: it looks great. Indeed, Maserati says it made the choice early on to “maintain continuity” of the silhouette with the outgoing car, because people really liked it instead.
So welcome to the new version of the car that you immediately associate with Maserati. Much like the sea over which Neptune rules, the Italian company’s fortunes have been either smooth, steady waters (Targo Florio wins, F1 success, world-class engineering) or tidal waves (*cough* De Tomaso *cough*).
We’ve run out of maritime analogies too, but suffice it to say that Maser is on a roll, and its delightful new GT is ushering in an interesting new era. An electric, which is still relevant.
The GranTurismo Folgore adopts a three-motor configuration (two rear, one front), each motor rated at 300 kW, powered by a 92.5 kWh battery capable of delivering approximately 750 hp and 995 lb-ft of “continuous” torque. The battery itself is packed inside a T-shaped structure that runs along the center tunnel of the car and towards the rear of the car. This, Maserati says, lowers the car’s H-point. In NormalSpeak, that means the company can retain those classic GT proportions.
Indeed, there’s visually no difference between the car that offers 750hp and the one that packs the company’s new ‘Nettuno’ 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 that runs in the MC20 supercar (another superb machine). In the new GT, Maser offers this engine either in the “Modena” version with 483 hp, or in the “Trofeo” version with 542 hp.
The rapidity? A little ago. The V6 cars will do the 0-62mph sprint between 3.5s (Trofeo) and 3.9s (Modena), while the Folgore will propel them both through the weeds in under 2.7s. It’s a fast hypercar, not a fast GT. All get the same suspension layout – double wishbones up front, multi-link in the rear – big vented Brembos all around, perfect/near-perfect weight distribution and all-wheel drive.
All cars also make extensive use of lightweight metals such as aluminum (which accounts for 65% of the new GT) and magnesium, as well as less lightweight but strong ‘high performance steel’. We’re told this led to “best-in-class” weight levels: 1,795kg for the V6, 2,260kg for the Folgore EV.
There’s a dynamics module that sits at the heart of the new GT, controlling the various mode settings which in V6 cars range from Comfort, GT, Sport and Corsa, and Max Range, GT, Sport and Corsa in the Folgare. Pretty self-explanatory.
Despite this very official reveal, we have yet to see the interior, but are assured that it is equipped with “innovative systems”, a few of which will likely include the “steering wheel”, “pedals”, ” seats” and of course, a lot of leather. Digital instrument panel too, with an optional HUD and a Very Loud stereo.
However, this design speaks volumes, and that’s the real story here. You like?