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.
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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.