Currently reading: Maserati Grancabrio Folgore arrives as 751bhp drop-top EV
Grancabrio EV is a "status product" for its maker and will hit the UK this year priced at around £185,000

Maserati has lifted the veil on the new Grancabrio Folgore, a soft-roofed electric GT promising to meld high-performance thrills with a tranquil open-air driving experience.

The Folgore (Italian for lightning) swaps its combustion-engined sibling’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 for the three electric motors from the Maserati Granturismo Folgore coupé.

One is mounted to the front axle and the other two are at the rear. Bosses have told Autocar that each produces 402bhp, although their combined outputs are pegged at 751bhp and 996lb ft.

This is because the 83kWh (usable) battery can discharge only up to 805bhp at any one time. Autocar understands this limit could be raised as battery technology is improved and the car is facelifted.

Maserati claims a range of 278 miles from the drop-top Grancabrio, which is almost identical to the 280 miles offered by the electric Granturismo. 

The Grancabrio’s Folgore’s structure is reinforced around the sills and the rear tray to maintain ride quality. The company prioritised comfort over agility for the cabrio, according to Davide Danesin, engineering chief for the GT and Quattroporte product lines.

He told Autocar: “The customer of Grancabrio is different from a customer of the GT. The Grancabrio customer is not usually a hard driver looking for the best performance from the car. It's a different way to enjoy the product. 

“They want a status product. They want to enjoy the free life in a good environment.”

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Although the extra steel on the Grancabrio Folgore adds around 90kg compared with the coupé, its straight-line performance is almost identical.

It offers a 2.8sec 0-62mph sprint, just 0.1sec behind the Granturismo Folgore. That is also 0.4sec quicker than the dual-motor MG Cyberster, the only other electric drop-top GT coming to the UK over the next year. That car will, however, be significantly less expensive than the Grancabrio.

Visually, the Folgore swaps the slatted grille of its petrol equivalent for ‘inverted’ surfacing. This means each grille pillar on the petrol car is an open area on the EV, and vice versa.

Maserati design chief Klaus Busse said he opted to reinvent the grille rather than move to a flat surface to avoid having a “faceless” car. “You get a true Maserati face whether it's the Folgore, Granturismo [ICE] or Grecale,” he said.

The Grancabrio Folgore uses the same folding fabric roof as the petrol version and it can be lowered or raised in 14 seconds, at vehicle speeds of up to 31mph.

A neck-warming system comes as standard, offering three levels of heat output. A wind deflector, which reduces turbulence over the passengers, is an optional extra.

Prices start at £185,610.

Charlie Martin

Charlie Martin Autocar
Title: Editorial Assistant, Autocar

As a reporter, Charlie plays a key role in setting the news agenda for the automotive industry. He joined Autocar in July 2022 after a nine-month stint as an apprentice with sister publication, What Car?. He's previously contributed to The Intercooler, and placed second in Hagerty’s 2019 Young Writer competition with a feature on the MG Metro 6R4

He is the proud owner of a Fiat Panda 100HP, and hopes to one day add a lightweight sports car like an Alpine A110 or a Lotus Elise S1 to his collection.

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Mikey C 16 April 2024

The sort of halo model Jaguar need to be producing when their electric models start arriving next year.

Andrew1 15 April 2024
Fantastic looking car
Peter Cavellini 15 April 2024

And the winner of longest car name is?, yeah, that's a nice looking motor.