Maserati GranTurismo Debuts As Brand’s First EV With Three Motors, AWD

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The Maserati GranTurismo returns after a brief pause, but don’t let its familiar shape fool you. It looks like an old, deliberate decision on the part of the company, but more significant changes lurk beneath the elegant design. The new GT comes with three electric motors and a battery pack, being the brand’s first EV, and it’s not the model’s only powertrain.

While the new GranTuriso shares the design with the previous-generation model, they don’t share any body panels. The new GT features a long hood, compact cab and low ride height, with vertically oriented headlights as introduced on the MC20 supercar.

One of the standout styling features of the car is the “Cofango”, a new, unified design that combines the hood and front fender into one element. This moves the cut line from the top of the hood to the side of the vehicle, cutting into the wheel hole. The GranTurismo will be launched in six available exterior colors and seven for the brake calipers, with Maserati’s Fuoriserie customization 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, having a rear-wheel drive bias. The 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine features a wet sump in the coupe rather than a dry one, and is 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 Rear Folgore
Maserati GranTurismo Trofeo Rear

The Folgore uses three 300 kilowatt (402 horsepower) electric motors – one at the front and two at the rear. The car, which has an 800-volt architecture and has no front trunk, produces 750 hp (560 kW) and 995 lb-ft (1,350 Nm) of torque, getting power from a 92.5 kilowatt-hour T-bone battery in the center of the vehicle. The car can put out 100 percent of the available power through the rear axle.

Maserati says the Folgore can run up to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 2.7 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 198 mph (320 kph). The Trofeo, which has the same top speed, can reach 62 in 3.5 seconds, while the Modena takes 3.9 seconds. It is limited to 187 mph (302 kph).

All three versions feature 20 and 21-inch wheels, with a Folgore design for aerodynamics. They cut CD EVs by seven percent compared to the Nettuno-powered version. The Folgore also features air inlets between the bumper and the wheel arch to reduce wind noise, exclusive to the trim. Four designs with various finishes give the GT seven different wheel options.

Visually, all three versions feature different trim and badge colors. The Folgore has glossy black accents, including grille inserts, splitters, door handles and DLO trim. Maserati finished the Trident badge and logo in a dark copper color. The Trofeo features carbon fiber accents and side skirts, and a glossy black grille slats. The badge and logo are brushed chrome pieces with a red stripe. The Modena has a black chrome-striped grille with glossy black slats, which Maserati uses for the badge, window trim, exhaust tips and Trident.

Maserati GranTurismo Modena Rear 3/4
Maserati GranTurismo Trofeo Profil Profile

The company created the GranTurismo modular architecture, which is capable of accommodating both electric and gas powertrains with minimal changes. More than 65 percent of cars are made of aluminum. The Nettuno-powered vehicle weighs 3,957 pounds (1,795 kilograms), while the EV weighs 2,260 lbs (4,982 kg). The EV may be heavier, but it also has a 50-50 weight distribution compared to the other 52-48 splits.

The new GranTurismo will launch in the second quarter of 2023, with the Modena and Trofeo versions coming first. The electric Folgore will go on sale sometime after that, and the automaker didn’t give a specific timeline. The GranCabrio convertible will launch within the next year with gas and electric powertrains. Maserati has not yet set a price for the model.

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