While Maserati didn’t mention the Alfieri by name, the automaker said they will begin updating production lines at the Modena factory this fall. The facility will then begin pre-series production of a new model which is described as a “characteristically Maserati sports car.”
The automaker was coy on details, but the Alfieri coupe and convertible were reconfirmed for production during last year’s Capital Markets Day presentation. The models are designed to replace the aging GranTurismo and GranCabrio, and are slated to ride on an aluminum spaceframe platform.
At the time, FCA said the production model would arrive before 2018 and be offered with three V6 powertrains boasting outputs of 404 hp (301 kW / 410 PS), 444 hp (331 kW / 450 PS) and 513 hp (382 kW / 520 PS). The entry-level model was slated to have rear-wheel drive, while the higher-end variants would be all-wheel drive.
Unfortunately, the Alfieri fell victim to FCA’s tendency to overpromise and underdeliver. As a result, 2018 came and went without any sign of the sports car.
It was reconfirmed for production in June of 2018, but plans have changed considerably. Instead of featuring traditional powertrains, the Alfieri is now slated to have plug-in hybrid and electric variants.
Speaking of the latter, FCA has hinted the Alfieri EV will have three electric motors and an all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring. The company has also said fans can expect a long range, quick recharging times and “state-of-the-art 800V battery technology.” Maserati has suggested this will enable the Alfieri to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in approximately two seconds, before hitting a top speed in excess of 186 mph (300 km/h).