Maserati is back in the GT game with the All-New GranTurismo which debuted earlier this week. The lineup includes the Italian brand’s first production electric vehicle and it seems the recipe EV will also be transformed into an open-top grand tourer. The information comes from Massimo Capaldi, Maserati’s global head of product, who recently gave an interview with Autocar.
Capaldi basically confirmed that the convertible grand tourer will get a battery-powered variant and will offer something “very unique” in its segment – a zero-emissions powertrain in combination with four seats and (possible) fabric roof. The executive views the Bentley Continental GT Convertible as a direct competitor in terms of price, which for a Maserati GT is expected to start at over £200,000 or close to $230,000 at current exchange rates.
Not much else is known at this point, but it’s likely that the GranCabrio will mirror the GranTurismo hardware. This means a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter engine will power the combustion version, offering 489 horsepower (365 kilowatts) and 442 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque in the Modena trim. The top-range Trofeo gets 550 hp (410 kW) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm).
It’s definitely a solid number, although it’s the electric version that will make the GranCabrio unique on the market. The GranTurismo Folgore has a dual-motor electric powertrain with a peak output of 750 hp (560 kW) and instant torque of 995 lb-ft (1,350 Nm), making it the most powerful GranTurismo ever. The hardtop model can sprint from rest to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in just 2.7 seconds, although we expect the convertible to be slightly slower due to its higher weight.
The revived GranCabrio is expected to launch in the second half of next year. It will arrive alongside an electric version of the Maserati Grecale, meaning the Italian brand will have a trio of electric vehicles on sale by the end of 2023.