New 2023 Maserati Granturismo EV: Best Electric GT Preview Car News

The next-generation Maserati Granturismo took center stage at an event marking the Italian firm’s new partnership with Rokit Venturi in the Formula E electric single-seater championship.

The electric GT, expected to arrive shortly, appeared in its now familiar light camouflage, but it’s obvious the styling will be subtly evolved from the current car, rather than radically reimagined.

The electric Granturismo Folgore was already spotted lapping up a private test facility in Italy last year. It was later photographed with quad rear exhausts, indicating it was a petrol version.

Official “spy photos” of the ICE model have been released by Maserati itself and show how the Ferrari Roma rival’s design will subtly evolve.

Modena is tight-lipped about what’s under the hood, but the new V6 Nettuno, as fitted to the MC20 supercar, and the Ferrari-derived V8 used by the Quattroporte are likely choices.

The Granturismo is also expected to follow the Ghibli and Levante in adopting a hybrid option, but its positioning makes their mild-hybrid 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine an unlikely fit.

The new images confirm that the Granturismo will retain the sleek silhouette of its predecessor, as well as its name. It appears to resemble the long-awaited Alfieri, which was revealed as a concept as far back as 2016.

The images follow the release of a clip (below) last year in which Maserati previewed the sound of its first electric powertrain, which will power the 2022 Gran Turismo.

Technical details are yet to be confirmed, but the electric variant will undoubtedly be the fastest and most powerful in the Granturismo range.

Maserati says it is working to ensure the EV’s powertrain has “a distinctive sound, already a unique attribute of all Maserati cars with traditional combustion engines.” It is not yet known how this will be achieved, but it is unlikely that the firm will artificially recreate the sound of its V6 or V8 engines.

Testing is taking place at private facilities and on surrounding roads, meaning camouflaged prototypes will likely soon be seen in public, giving more clues as to what to expect from the new car.

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This notice was published: 2022-04-08 09:19:12

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