Maserati is within the midst of a renaissance; it is branching out into new segments with vehicles just like the MC20 and the Grecale. Whereas it is relying on these fashions to widen its audience, it isn’t forgetting about its current prospects and the vehicles that introduced them to the model. The brand new, second-generation GranTurismo is a blank-sheet redesign that is evolutionary the place it counts and revolutionary the place it must be.
First, the elephant within the room: it is a huge, luxurious coupe launched in an period when huge, luxurious coupes are disappearing at an alarming fee. What is the level? Min Byung Yoon, Maserati’s lead exterior designer, defined the grand tourer (a quick, upscale automotive designed to rapidly and effortlessly drive throughout a rustic) is likely one of the pillars that the corporate’s picture is constructed on, and holding this custom alive is necessary. Prospects care extra about picture and value than custom, nonetheless, so the brand new GranTurismo receives a number of necessary updates.
Maserati will provide the GranTurismo in three totally different flavors: Modena, Trofeo and Folgore. The primary two use a model of the superb 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 inaugurated by the MC20 and in addition discovered within the Grecale. Often known as the Nettuno engine internally, it develops 490 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque within the Modena, figures that improve to 550 and 479, respectively, within the Trofeo. It is bolted to an eight-speed automated transmission in each purposes, and it spins the 4 wheels — the unique GranTurismo was rear-wheel-drive.
Andrea Baccino, the chief engineer for the Italian agency’s electrical powertrains, advised me that making all-wheel drive commonplace throughout the vary is a technique to develop the GranTurismo’s usability. It is now a viable year-round driver, even in the event you stay someplace in rural Vermont. The system is rear-biased however variable: it will possibly ship as much as 100% of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels or cut up it 50/50 between the entrance and rear axles.
The V6 is front-mid-mounted to realize a 52/48 front-rear weight distribution, and the GranTurismo weighs round 3,957 kilos, which is surprisingly low contemplating it isn’t precisely nimble: it measures about 195 inches lengthy, 77 inches broad and 53 inches tall. Hitting 62 mph from a cease takes 3.9 seconds within the Modena and three.5 seconds within the Trofeo, and prime velocity checks in at 187 mph and 198 mph, respectively.
On the opposite facet of the line-up, the GranTurismo Folgore ditches the V6 and adopts an electrical drivetrain.
“We will let patrons determine [whether they prefer the V6 or the EV]; we are able to scale manufacturing up or down relying on demand. We do not wish to affect our prospects’ alternative,” defined William Peffer, the top of Maserati’s North American division. Bravo, Maserati.
Energy for the Folgore (which suggests “lightning” in Italian) comes from three electrical motors: one spins the entrance wheels and the remaining two are every assigned to one of many rear wheels. The system’s whole output checks in at 900 kilowatts (about 1,207 horsepower), however the motors do not peak on the identical time so the utmost output that reaches the wheels is about 751 horsepower and 996 pound-feet of torque. That is sufficient to ship the electrical GranTurismo from 0-62 mph in 2.7 seconds and on to a prime velocity of roughly 198 mph. Constructed round an 800-volt electrical system, the Folgore makes use of a 92.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack suitable with 270-kilowatt fast-charging.
This is the place Maserati acquired intelligent: relatively than placing the battery pack beneath the passenger compartment, which is the case in a majority of the electrical vehicles obtainable new in 2022, it developed what it calls a T-bone-shaped pack that neatly slots into the transmission tunnel and extends to a part of the trunk. This configuration allowed engineers and designers to maintain the Folgore’s roof line as little as the gasoline-powered mannequin’s. Weight … properly, that is a distinct story. The EV boasts a 50/50 weight distribution, but it surely weighs practically 5,000 kilos.
No matter powertrain kind, the brand new GranTurismo shares no elements with its V8-powered predecessor. This is applicable even to the parts that prospects do not often see: the coupe is notably fitted with an adjustable air suspension system and large Brembo brakes.
Visually, the GranTurismo honors its predecessors (going method again to the A6 line launched in 1947) with the proportions you’d anticipate from a grand tourer: an extended hood, a brief trunk lid and a low profile. Its entrance finish borrows styling cues from the MC20 and the flowing strains that begin from the hood outline the remainder of the design. The swoopy sheet metallic provides the coupe a drag coefficient of 0.28 when powered by a V6 engine and 0.26 when powered electrical motors; Baccino credit the small acquire to the truth that an electrical drivetrain requires much less cooling.
Solely a small handful of styling cues (together with the grille and decrease entrance bumper) set the 2 powertrains aside, and that is intentional.
“That is one automotive for us. The GranTurismo is sort of a model to itself; it is the Maserati design king,” Byung Yoon advised me. He added that the V6- and battery-powered fashions have been designed concurrently. His group of designers created one automotive and made styling adjustments primarily based on the totally different cooling necessities of every powertrain. “We did not wish to change the bumper and add pretend stuff; we name it goal for magnificence.”
I am unable to inform you a lot in regards to the inside; I noticed it, however I am sworn to automotive omertà till early 2023. What I can say is that Maserati went to important lengths to make the GranTurismo a real four-seater, and a pair of average-sized adults needs to be comparatively comfy within the rear seats. Luxurious performs a giant position within the structure of a GT’s character — it at all times has — and the GranTurismo does not disappoint. Whereas commonplace and elective tools will fluctuate from market to market, the checklist of obtainable options will embrace 18-way power-adjustable entrance seats.
The brand new GranTurismo’s trunk is about 20% larger than the earlier mannequin’s, although measurements for our market have not been launched. The catch is that the Folgore has a smaller trunk as a result of battery pack, and do not depend on the frunk to make up for it: there is not one.
Maserati will start delivering the brand new GranTurismo within the second quarter of 2023. Pricing will begin at round $200,000. As for the GranCabrio, the GranTurismo’s convertible sidekick, it’s going to return inside the subsequent 12 months and provide roughly the identical specs because the coupe.