Lightning has struck again, with Maserati teasing the upcoming electric Folgore version of its GranTurismo once more ahead of its 2023 debut.

    Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares was given a first drive of the Folgore – Italian for lightning – at the 2022 Formula E Rome ‘E-Prix’.

    The prototype is finished in a bright blue wrap and with many of its badges and vents covered up, but little has been left to the imagination.

    Autoblog reports word from Maserati CEO Davide Grasso that the electric grand tourer will use three electric motors –one up front and two at the rear – producing a total system output of more than 895kW of power.

    It’ll have an 800V electrical architecture and Formula E-sourced technology as well.

    Maserati will offer an internal-combustion engine (ICE) version of the GranTurismo as well, reportedly using a version of the 3.0-litre twin-turbo ‘Nettuno’ V6 engine from the MC20 supercar. In the MC20, this engine produces 463kW and 730Nm.

    We’ve previously spied a prototype of this ICE-powered GranTurismo with minimal camouflage.

    A drop-top GranCabrio variant has also been confirmed.

    Although the electric powertrain might be a significant change for Maserati, the styling of the GranTurismo isn’t.

    The prototype features the same, classic grand tourer silhouette as the old GranTurismo, with a long, shapely bonnet and a short rear overhang.

    This new GranTurismo will replace the now-defunct model, which was revealed at the 2007 Geneva motor show. The defunct GranCabrio was revealed at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show.

    Also at the 2022 Formula E Rome E-Prix was an all-electric Maserati Grecale Folgore with a similar Trident wrap to the GranTurismo Folgore prototype and wheels with the same two-tone design.

    Maserati has previously confirmed the Grecale Folgore will have a 400V electrical system, a 105kWh battery and “as much as 800Nm”. It’ll debut towards the end of 2022 before going on sale globally in 2023.

    The brand recently announced it’s going electric-only by 2030 and will have at least one pure electric variant for every model in its lineup by 2025.

    The Italian automaker will also launch all-new generations of the Quattroporte sedan and Levante SUV, and both will be available with electric vehicle (EV) drivetrains.

    The MC20 supercar will also gain an EV version.

    Maserati is far from the first marque within the vast Stellantis brand portfolio to announce a cut-off date for sales of combustion-powered vehicles.

    Abarth, DS and Lancia will become EV-only in 2024, Alfa Romeo will ditch ICE by 2027, and outside of China Opel/Vauxhall will only sell EVs by 2028.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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