Maserati’s success in maintaining the iconic look of the GranTurismo despite extensive redesign efforts is the most remarkable aspect of the whole affair. In fact, Maserati says it made the decision early on to “preserve the continuity” of the silhouette with the car it replaced since it was so well received by consumers.
A brand that combines authenticity and technicality
The fact that this all-new Maserati GranTurismo comes with an all-electric powertrain isn’t the most exciting thing. Nor the fact that it doesn’t have a V8, which is a fundamental element of Maserati’s DNA, as emblematic of the brand as the trident is of Neptune.
The latest evolution of the famous car from the manufacturer Maserati, which specializes in luxury models, has been revealed and we welcome its brand new version. The fortune of the Italian company has been compared to the sea ruled by Neptune, which floats on the waves of success (Targo Florio triumph, success in F1, world-class engineering) or creates eddies that turn into a real tidal wave. – the tide that very few amateurs resist, as is the case here.
1 – An impressive engine
The GranTurismo Folgore uses a system with three motors, one in the front and two in the rear. Each motor is rated at 300 kW, and the vehicle is powered by a 92.5 kWh battery capable of generating around 750 horsepower and 995 lb-ft of torque “continuously.”
Such performance makes it a direct rival to the Tesla Model S Plaid. But the data from the manufacturer does not yet allow to determine whether this will be enough to match the 600 km of autonomy offered by its famous competitor.
The battery itself is contained in a T-shaped structure that extends from the front of the vehicle to the rear through the central tunnel. According to Maserati, this brings the car’s H-point back to a lower position. In common parlance, this means that the company could keep the traditional dimensions of the GT.
2 – Power worthy of supercars
The car that develops 750 horsepower and the one equipped with the new 3.0-liter twin-turbo “Nettuno” V6 engine used in the MC20 supercar looks exactly the same to the naked eye. In fact, there is no noticeable difference between the two (another excellent machine).
This engine can be fitted to either the ‘Modena version of the new GT, which develops 483 horsepower, or the ‘Trofeo version, which develops 542 horsepower.
3 – Maserati GranTurismo will delight speed lovers
Velocity? There are many. The 0-100 km/h race will take V6 cars between 3.5 seconds (Trofeo) and 3.9 seconds (Modena), but the Maserati GranTurismo Folgore will leave them both in the dust by finishing the race in less than 2.7 seconds .
That’s not GT speed, that’s hypercar speed. All cars have the same suspension structure, which consists of double wishbones at the front and multi-links at the rear. They also include large Brembo ventilated brakes at all four corners, perfect or near-perfect weight distribution and all-wheel drive.
4 – Avant-garde materials
In addition, each vehicle makes extensive use of lightweight metals such as magnesium and aluminum (the latter accounting for 65% of the new GT), in addition to “high-performance steel”, which is much less light but more durable.
Thus, we were told that this resulted in best-in-class weight levels, which are as follows: 1,795kg for the V6 and 2,260kg for the Folgore EV.
5 – Innovation at the heart of the Maserati Granturismo
The new GT has a dynamic module located at the heart, and this module is responsible for controlling the various mode parameters. On V6 cars, the mode settings go from Comfort to GT, then Sport and Corsa.
But on the Folgore, the mode settings go from Range Max to GT, then Sport and Corsa. The message should be quite clear.