Maserati’s rebirth is continuing at full speed.
First came updates for the Ghibli and Quattroporte, then came the new mid-engined MC20 supercar. Now, the next-generation Gran Turismo has been snapped testing beneath an Alfa Romeo Giulia body.
How do we know this is a GranTurismo? For starters, the car wears Maserati number plates.
But more importantly, the nose has been stretched beyond recognition from the Giulia sedan, and the vehicle’s track is wider.
Just like Ferrari, which is testing Purosangue parts in a chopped-up Maserati Levante body, it appears Maserati is keeping its cards close to its chest when it comes to the new GranTurismo’s body.
It’s not yet clear what will power the GranTurismo and its drop-top GranCabrio sibling.
A petrol-powered version is expected to launch late this year (2021) or early next, with a pure-electric version to follow wearing the Folgore badge.
Maserati’s top-shelf electric drivetrains will reportedly feature three motors for all-wheel drive and torque vectoring, as well as an 800V electrical system and fast charging support.
The new GranTurismo will replace the now-defunct model revealed at the 2007 Geneva motor show.
Powered by a 4.7-litre naturally-aspirated V8 engine, the GranTurismo is the most successful model in Maserati history. More than 40,000 have been sold worldwide since its launch.
The new GranTurismo will sit above the V6-powered MC20 supercar revealed in 2021.
Developed in 24 months, the MC20 sees the famous Italian marque return to the scene with a V6-powered scissor door-equipped coupe.
At launch the MC20 coupe is powered by a new 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, the company’s first in-house developed and manufactured engine after a 20 year absence.
The 90-degree dry sump Nettuno V6 is rated at 463kW at 7500rpm, and 730Nm between 3000 and 5500rpm.
It is connected to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and a self-locking mechanical limited-slip differential. An electronic differential is an optional extra.