Maserati is definitely going electric, and though the automaker might not be quite ready to show off the GranTurismo EV, that has not stopped it from teasing the very first prototype. It is going to be the first all-electric car from Maserati, rebooting the present GranTurismo nameplate which was retired in 2019.
That car was notable not least for its curvaceous styling, but Maserati’s use of a Ferrari-sourced V8 engine. That all came to a stop in early 2019, though, when Ferrari announced — having been spun out from FCA — it’d be cutting Maserati’s supply.
Maserati was talking about electrification for some time now, and even teased what that might look like. The glorious Maserati Alfieri coupe concept of 2014 was resurrected as the basis of a theory EV at 2018, and also the automaker had even said it planned to build a manufacturing model in 2020. That, obviously, failed to transpire.
Last calendar year, the automaker switched to speaking about the return of this Maserati GranTurismo. The styling would likely pick up on elements of this Alfieri, Maserati said, but it would be a grand tourer that would sit alongside the more purist MC20 sports car.
Today, Maserati revealed a handful of shots of the current EV prototype, though is still playing coy with precise information. “The new Maserati GranTurismo will be the Brand’s first car to adopt a 100% electric solution,” the automaker confirmed. “Ahead of the launch of the new model, the prototype cars are currently undergoing a period of intensive road and circuit testing, in various conditions of use, to acquire vital data for the preparation of the final setup.”
As with any model, it’s dangerous to read too much into what we see here. For a start, there’s every possibility that the camouflaged bodywork may well change ahead of the production model is finalized. Detailing like lights, vents, and other elements could well evolve too.
Nonetheless, the concept of a two-door Maserati EV is an attractive one. While electrification is spreading throughout the auto business, coupes are fairly late to join the party, not least because of the challenges of fitting sufficient battery packs into a smaller, lighter vehicle without sacrificing performance or range. For that reason, though several sports stars are declared, pure-electric coupes are still MIA.
Maserati’s probably principal competitor is the brand new Tesla Roadster, of course, though that comparison may only actually apply as much as they’re both two-door EVs. The Tesla is currently open for reservations, using a $200,000 price tag, even though production remains yet to start; last Elon Musk mentioned it, that has been scheduled for 2022. Maserati hasn’t provided any indication of when the new GranTurismo EV will be formally revealed, when it may go to production, or how much it may cost.