Update: ‘Maserati GranTurismo Folgore Design’ section updated.
The Maserati GranTurismo Electric, the Italian brand’s first EV, is on track for its launch and will be on the market by the end of 2023. In Maserati’s FY2021 results presentation on February 23, 2022, parent company Stellantis confirmed the launch of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio EVs within 22 months.
Take a look at what we know about the first Maserati electric car:
The upcoming electric sports coupe has been christened Maserati GranTurismo Folgore. The Trident brand plans an entire ‘Folgore’ range of electric models, with the GranTurismo Folgore at the starting gate.
Maserati GranTurismo Folgore Design
The Maserati GranTurismo Folgore is reminiscent of the Alfieri 2+2 concept shown at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The EV features a silhouette similar to the first-gen GranTurismo, the production of which ended in 2019, and thus has a long bonnet, short overhangs, and a long wheelbase.
In mid-August 2022, two spy shots of a test mule while charging at an Electrify America outlet in California surfaced online (view on autoevolution). The photo revealed the front fascia of the upcoming Maserati electric car. Unlike the disguised development unit (see in the gallery below), the new images expose the lower section of the front bumper, where there’s an integrated spoiler in the center. This is also the first time we get to see the vertical side air inlets featuring three horizontal cuts and a black finish.
The other spy shot shows the side profile of the GranTurismo Folgore. We can see the car’s sleek door handles, the brand-typical three air vents on the front wings, the signature Trident logo above the rear haunches, and what seem to be large 20-inch aerodynamic wheels.
An Automotive News Europe report dated February 17, 2022, stated that the electric Maserati Grecale would sit on a re-engineered Giorgio platform. Maserati is not waiting until the STLA platforms are ready to accelerate its EV campaign, and it looks like the GranTurismo would be its first EV on the evolved Giorgio platform.
On March 17, 2022, Maserati revealed preliminary specifications of the GranTurismo Folgore. The company said that its first electric car will feature a “Bone” battery that allows optimal weight distribution and low center of gravity, Formula E inverters, three electric motors, and Vehicle Dynamics Control Management (VDCM).
The GranTurismo Folgore could sport one e-motor on the front axle and two e-motors on the rear and offer torque vectoring. An 800V electrical architecture is expected to provide rapid charging that approaches the charging times of the Porsche Taycan. It could offer 300 kW DC fast-charging.
Maserati claims that the GranTurismo Folgore will provide top-class charging performance and best-in-class handling. With 1,200 hp+ installed power, the electric sports car will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in the two-second range and attain a top speed of over 300 km/h (186 mph). Prototype testing is underway, and Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares is taking a special interest in the development. On April 10, 2022, Maserati shared pictures of Tavares experiencing a “charging ride” in a prototype on Twitter.
|Aspect||Maserati GranTurismo Folgore Specification|
|No. Of Motors||Three|
|System Power||1,200+ hp|
|Acceleration (0-62 mph)||2.xx seconds|
|Top Speed||300+ km/h (186+ mph)|
Maserati GranTurismo Folgore ‘exhaust’ note
The Maserati GranTurismo Folgore will not produce a distinctive electric motor ‘whine’ like other EVs. The brand has announced that a unique ‘roar’ would continue to be a highlight on Maserati electric cars. According to the brand, the GranTurismo Folgore will give out a ‘unique’ and ‘distinctive growl.’ We never associate these sounds with electric cars, but Maserati may have developed artificial internal-combustion engine sounds to entice buyers. Drivers could be treated to a digital exhaust note streaming through the speakers during hard acceleration.
Maserati has invested EUR 800 million (USD 813 million) in transforming its Mirafiori factory in Italy for electric vehicles. That’s where it will manufacture the GranTurismo Folgore electric car. With the company planning to offer electric iterations of all its models, expect a large proportion of its production facility allocated to new electrified and pure electric cars.
Maserati testing the GranTurismo Folgore without any disguise suggests that its debut is imminent. Some websites have speculated that the reveal is at the Monterey Car Week (California) on August 21. The company plans to launch it as its first all-electric vehicle in 2023. With the Americas region accounting for 35% of the company’s global sales (as of 2021), the U.S. release of the GranTurismo EV could be a priority.
Maserati Electric car strategy
Maserati has lined up six EVs for the first half of the decade. In 2023, in addition to launching the GranTurismo Folgore, it will introduce Grecale Folgore and GranCabrio Folgore. Between 2024 and 2025, it plans to release the Maserati MC20 Folgore, Quattroporte Folgore, and Levante Folgore.
Maserati plans to start offering an electric powertrain in all models by 2025. By the end of the decade, it will discontinue ICE models and have only EVs in its vehicle line-up.
Maserati GranTurismo Folgore FAQs
What is the Maserati GranTurismo Folgore release date?
The Maserati GranTurismo Folgore will arrive on the market in 2023. The reveal is likely in the coming days.
What will be the Maserati GranTurismo Folgore’s price?
The base price of the Maserati GranTurismo Folgore could be around USD 100,000.
Which models will be Maserati GranTurismo Folgore rivals?
The Maserati GranTurismo Folgore could rival the next-gen Tesla Roadster and the Fisker Project Ronin.
Featured Image: TopElectricSUV’s rendering of the Maserati GranTurismo Folgore