The electric Maserati GranTurismo Folgore will have more than 1,200 horsepower
Maserati is in the midst of a renaissance. It released the MC20 in 2020, it’s preparing to unveil the Grecale, and it’s confirmed that its first electric model will be an evolution of the next-gen GranTurismo with more than 1,200 horsepower from three individual motors.
Speaking at a press conference, company boss Davide Grosso shared official details of the second-generation coupe which will be released in 2023. The electric model called Folgore in Maserati parlance will offer “much more 1,200 horsepower” from three electric motors linked to what the automaker calls a “bone” battery. We assume this means the unit will feature a bone-like internal structure, or be centrally mounted along the transmission tunnel, not that it will be made with real bone. Either way, an 800-volt charging system and technology from Formula E will also be on board.
Maserati has also released additional images of the second generation GranTurismo. It’s still covered in camouflage, but we can say the front end borrows a handful of styling cues from the MC20 while the overall proportions haven’t changed significantly. It is still a large coupé with sporty lines characterized by a long hood and a short trunk lid. The GranCabrio convertible is also expected to make a comeback.
The Folgore electric model will be positioned at the top of the range, but it will not be the only version available at launch. Maserati has revealed that at least one V6-powered variant will also be offered, a comment that hints (but doesn’t confirm) that there won’t be a V8.
“The market for a petrol version is still there. It’s absolutely still there. What we want to do with Folgore is give customers a choice: V6 or electric? In five or 10 years, we wouldn’t have probably not developed, but customers still appreciate these cars today,” Francesco Tonon, the company’s global product planning manager, said on a conference call. details on the V6, although it’s not a huge stretch to assume it will at least be linked to the excellent twin-turbocharged Nettuno unit that powers the MC20.
Many more electric cars will join Maserati’s lineup in the coming years, with the company’s full range running on batteries by 2030. Electric variants of the next-generation Grecale and GranCabrio are set to debut in 2023. , and they will be joined by an electric version of the MC20 in 2025. This is also when Maserati will replace the Levante and Quattroporte with battery electric vehicles.
In the meantime, the Grecale will debut on March 22. The MC20 Cabrio will arrive soon after.
Sound is an important part of the Maserati experience, and engineers go to great lengths to replace the exhaust note.
“We took the electric motors and tuned them to sound. It’s not fake, it’s authentic because it starts from an electric motor and is tuned to be really iconic, unique and Maserati,” Tonon explained. He added that the goal was not to replicate the exhaust note of a V6 or V8.