Currently reading: Maserati previews electric powertrain of Granturismo successor
Flagship grand tourer will be revived in 2021 as the Italian brand’s first fully electric model
Felix Page Autocar writer
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23 January 2020

Maserati has begun testing its first electric powertrain, which will be fitted to the Granturismo successor that's set to be launched in 2021. 

A short preview video released by the firm (below) shows a prototype test vehicle testing at the firm’s Modena development centre in Italy. Visible details suggest that it's based on the Granturismo, whose production run ended after 12 years in late 2019.

 

 

Technical details remain unconfirmed, but the replacement for the Granturismo can be expected to offer quicker acceleration than its petrol-powered predecessor.

Also previewed is the sound of the electric motor. Maserati says that it's working to ensure the powertrain has “a distinctive sound, already a unique attribute of all Maserati cars equipped with traditional combustion engines”. It's not yet clear how this will be achieved, but it's unlikely that the firm will artificially recreate the noise of its V6 or V8 engines. 

The testing is taking place at private facilities and on surrounding roads, meaning camouflaged prototypes will likely soon be seen in public, giving more clues as to what to expect of the new model. 

The announcement follows September’s confirmation that Maserati is to extensively upgrade its Turin production facility and launch a wave of new models, including a heavily updated version of the Ghibli saloon with the firm’s first hybrid powertrain. 

The highly anticipated Alfieri two-seat sports car will make its debut later this year in a radically different form to the original concept from 2014. It will be available in both plug-in hybrid and fully electric forms. 

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Maserati confirms EVs, hybrids and a raft of new models​

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23 January 2020

Excellent, its time someone realised that an electric motor can sound good.

289

23 January 2020

Good luck with all that Grand Touring around the Riviera on battery power.

And just imagine the rush of accelerating through those mountain tunnels....to the sound of tyre roar and a milk-float whine. Riveting stuff!

24 January 2020
289 wrote:

Good luck with all that Grand Touring around the Riviera on battery power.

And just imagine the rush of accelerating through those mountain tunnels....to the sound of tyre roar and a milk-float whine. Riveting stuff!

Woooo yeaaaa being noisy tosser in tunnels is what life's all about! May as well not even have a car if you can do this

23 January 2020

It's very sad to see that in Modena, country of Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, etc.

We are living the end of the world.

 

23 January 2020

everyone is replacing ICE with EVs in the hope that we can avoid it being the end of the world...

289

23 January 2020
Yeah, and castrating a handful of supercars is going to save the planet?
Have you seen the damage industry is wreaking across the planet.....?
It wont even touch the sides.
This is all about attempting to avoid EU fines....nothing more, nothing less

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24 January 2020
289 wrote:

Yeah, and castrating a handful of supercars is going to save the planet?
Have you seen the damage industry is wreaking across the planet.....?
It wont even touch the sides.
This is all about attempting to avoid EU fines....nothing more, nothing less

...with the small number of super cars, it might not have much impact, but you have to start somewhere and the prices of high in sports cars are much better able to absorbing the cost of the EV tech. What has me scratching my head with FCA, is that, IMHO, it makes more since to mild hybridize their line-ups at Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Jeep and across their other brands as standard. Then it is to spend millions developing a new EV platform for one super car, that will do little for their CO2 footprint and potential fines. Even if they can use this EV architecture in other applications, I fear that it's development into other vehicle types may happen too slow to meet the time lines demanded by the regulators! Yet the mild hybrids they already have on some of their larger Jeeps and pick-ups. With FCA's luxury brands not contributing as much to their bottom line as they had hoped at this point, to spend millions for a halo car, that really may not help much with the regulators, seems like money that can be better spent in other areas of the company that sorely needs it!

23 January 2020
Hughbl wrote:

everyone is replacing ICE with EVs in the hope that we can avoid it being the end of the world...

Well said. Besides, burning fossil fuel and using an (ICE) engine that requires thousands of moving parts seem very low tech in the digital age. A bit like the analogue watch which is irrelevant and useless except for collectors value.

26 May 2020
Whilst I'm in favour of electrify the boring cars we all use on a day to day basis, I do wonder how being an EV fits with the grand touring breif. Your hardly going to want to stop and recharge four times between London and the riviera.

26 May 2020
Sorry, spelling / typing / IQ fail! You're not your.

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