Maserati is said to have targeted a kerb weight of less than 1400kg for the new car.
The concept features specially designed 20in and 21in rims with spokes inspired by the classic wheels of the 1950s. The show car is finished in 'Steel Flair' paint, while accents including the brake calipers, grille, air ducts and tailpipes are painted in 'Maserati Blue'.
The 2+2 cabin is influenced by the Maserati 5000 GT and is built around a central screen. The instrument panel is a digital twin-dial affair and the floor is finished in a material that simulates the oxidised steel finish found on race cars from the 1950s.
Maserati chief executive, Harald Wester, has called the car a present to all the workers who have had to go through the lows of Maserati's history, and who have persevered through thick and thin. This car – and the future – is presented as being an end to the turbulent years. "Sustainable growth is coming," he said.
"This is what quiet, hard-working passionate car makers make. This is the future of our design and our homage to our history. We are evaluating now if this can go in to production and complement our line-up. Just imagine the possibilities of building and selling this car.
"Alfieri is not a GT. It is a perfect sized 2+2 sports car that could complete the line-up at Maserati. We've rejuvenated and expanded our portfolio, we've doubled our dealer network and our sales building towards targets. We want to offer new and fresh choices to our clients and break the shackles of sports car conformity."
Wester also pledged to instil world-class quality and manufacturing standards. "We are well on the way to that," he said.
Fiat Group design chief, Lorenzo Ramaciotti, said, "I always wanted to work for Maserati. I had opportunity for many years to design for Ferrari, but Maserati was my childhood dream. I've done that for the past decade.
"This sports car is my dream, though. In 30 years designing cars this is a great boost to our creativity – you work through the night in projects like this to show what you are capable of doing."
The Alfieri is intended as a successor to the Maserati Gran Sport, the most dynamic version of the 4200 that the significantly more expensive Granturismo replaced. The price slot vacated with the Grantursimo’s push upmarket Maserati aims to recapture with the Alfieri, whose prices should start at around £60,000, pitching it firmly into Jaguar F-Type coupe and Porsche 911 territory.
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