Make Way For The All-New GranTurismo

You can have it with either a Nettuno V6 or a pure electric powertrain.

After a run of teasers, Maserati has finally revealed the all-new GranTurismo. Like its predecessor, it is a gorgeous two-door four-seat coupe. But unlike any other model in the brand’s history, the new-gen GranTurismo ropes in the option of a pure electric powertrain. That derivative is called the Folgore. And for those who don’t fancy that solution, Maserati has two V6-powered variants in the line-up. One’s dubbed Modena, while the other is Trofeo.

Let’s talk looks first. Rather cleverly, Maserati took the evolution route than a revolutionary one. Compare the new-gen GranTurismo with the old one, and you’ll see the resemblance in the silhouette. And that is by no means a bad start because it looks stunning. But to add that freshness, it takes design cues from the MC20/Grecale. The vertical headlamps, for instance, look quite similar in profile. At the back, the new LED taillamps feature a blend of a boomerang and a harpoon. Another elegant touch is what Maserati calls “Cofango”. That basically means the bonnet and the front fenders are moulded into one piece of metal.

The wheels vary in size based on the variant chosen. Maserati has devised seven options, with different styles and finishes. And one could club them up with brake callipers in as many colours. At the time of launch, the all-new GranTurismo will be available in six colours. However, one could get a personalised finish via the Maserati Fuoriserie customisation programme.

Like the exterior, the interior is on the same lines as the GranTurismo’s new-age siblings. Strangely, however, Maserati has kept from releasing photographs of the cabin. But it does say that door panels have a “dynamic design”, while “a colour division highlights the design of the dashboard: a slim, delicate upper section appears to soar over the main part”. The button-free central tunnel and the absence of a gear lever keep the cabin uncluttered. The sports seats feature built-in headrests, while the driver has a new multi-function steering wheel with the start/stop and drive mode control buttons.

As standard, the car comes with a 14-speaker, 860-watt sound system. One could pay extra to get a 19-speaker. 1,195-watt Sonus Faber kit. The list of features also includes Maserati Connect (connected-car tech), a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 12.2-inch digital instrument cluster and a host of safety and assistance systems.

Okay. Time for the numbers game. The Modena and Trofeo variants get their kick from the Nettuno 3.0-litre V6, producing 489bhp/600Nm in the former and 550bhp/650Nm in the latter. Obviously, the GranTurismo Trofeo is quicker, with a 0-100kmph sprint time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 302kmph. In Modena form, the coupe completes the sprint in 3.9 seconds and is out of puffs at 302kmph. Both variants have 8-speed automatic transmission.

Over to the third variant – the GranTurismo Folgore. That’s a pure EV, with three electric motors in the powertrain capable of delivering more than 1,200bhp. However, they’ve been pegged at 751bhp/1,350Nm. With the all-wheel-drive setup, Maserati claims 0-100kmph and 0-200kmph sprint times of 2.7 seconds and 8.8 seconds, respectively. The top speed, however, is 320kmph.

The electric motors get their juices from a 92.5kWh (83kWh usable) battery, which can replenish itself via AC and DC chargers. The 800-volt electrical architecture helps the GranTurismo take feeds of up to 400kW. Maserati claims that using a 270kW DC charger, the EV can gain 100km of range in five minutes.

So, there you have it. To me, the new Maserati GranTurismo looks absolutely fantastic. What’s your take?

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