Maserati GranTurismo Folgore (Electric): Everything we know

Update: ‘Specifications’ section updated and ‘Maserati GranTurismo Folgore FAQs’ section added.

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:

Naming

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

Maserati GranTurismo Folgore (Maserati GranTurismo Electric) render
Our render of the Maserati GranTurismo Folgore draws design cues from spy shots, official teasers and the styling of the Grecale Folgore.

Spy shots of the next-gen Maserati GranTurismo have been online since June 2021. A test driver drove it out of Maserati Innovation lab, onto Modena’s streets, where the spy photographers left no stone unturned in taking pictures to delve into the design details. The redesigned model will be available in ICE and electric variants.

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.

A close look at the prototype reveals the indented push-button door handles like on the recently launched MC20. The shape of the headlamp units is also similar to those on the MC20. The Italian electric sports car seems to be rolling on large 20-inch aerodynamic wheels. Not much else is visible except that the Maserati GranTurismo Electric has a chrome strip at the rear, uniting the slim wraparound taillamps.

Specifications

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).

Maserati GranTurismo Folgore (Maserati GranTurismo electric) details
The Maserati GranTurismo Folgore will likely sport two electric motors at the rear and one motor at the front. Image Source: Maserati

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.

AspectMaserati GranTurismo Folgore Specification
Drivetrain Layoute-AWD
No. Of MotorsThree
System Power1,200+ hp
Acceleration (0-62 mph)2.xx seconds
Top Speed300+ km/h (186+ mph)
Preliminary specifications revealed by the brand

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.

Production

Maserati GranTurismo Folgore EV side profile
The silhouette of the new GranTurismo harks back to its predecessors. An evolution of the Giorgio platform to underpins the GT which is in no mood to wait for the STLA architectures. Image: Maserati

Maserati has invested EUR 800 million (GBP 669 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.

Release Date

Maserati GranTurismo Electric confirmation
Stellantis reconfirmed the Maserati GranTurismo Electric and revealed its launch timeline during the FY2021 results announcement in February 2022. Image Source: Stellantis

The Maserati GranTurismo Folgore will debut and launch in 2023 as the company’s first all-electric vehicle. With Americas accounting for 35% of the company’s global sales (as of 2021), the U.S. release of the GranTurismo EV could be a priority. We expect the Granturismo Folgore to be released globally in the first half of next year.

Maserati Electric car strategy

Maserati has lined up six EVs for the first half of the decade. In 2023, in addition to 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 Electric car roadmap
Six Maserati EVs are coming by 2025, with the GranTurismo and MC20 electric versions promising the most adrenaline. Image Source: Maserati

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 in 2023.

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