Maserati Folgore GranTurismo

Maserati has confirmed that a “1,200 hp+”, all-electric version of the GranTurismo will headline its new ‘Folgore’ range ahead of the Trident’s full EV conversion by 2030.

Bolstered by increased worldwide sales in 2021 (24,269 marked a 41 per cent improvement on 2020), Maserati “is now ready for the market launch of ‘Folgore’,” the brand’s 100 per cent electric range of models as part of an EV-dedicated revamp.

Maserati Folgore GranTurismo

Maserati Folgore GranTurismo

The 1,200 hp+ GranTurismo EV will be the first Maserati to adopt a fully electric powertrain, an example of which was teased with a Trident-shaped lightning bolt down its flanks. Translated from Italian, ‘Folgore’ means ‘lightning’, a fitting symbol for its electrification strategy.

Said power comes from a tri-motor setup – one at the front, two at the rear – with the 0-100 km/h sprint time completed in under three seconds en-route to a top speed in excess of 300 km/h. Range estimates have not been released, though Maserati will presumably be aiming for 440+ km, to compete (theoretically at least) with the segment-rivalling BMW i7.

Charging capabilities have similarly not been released, the brand simply stating these would be “top class”, though one would expect DC fast charging to be prioritized during development.

Maserati Folgore GranTurismo

Maserati Folgore GranTurismo

Maserati has also stated that “cutting-edge technical solutions” underpinning the GranTurismo EV will be derived from the all-electric Formula E single seater series in which the Italian brand makes its debut next year. Specific tech include race-spec inverters and a ‘bone’ battery designed for optimal weight distribution and a low centre of gravity. To offset the weight of the battery packs, Maserati is also exploring lightweight materials for the bodywork, engine and architecture.

The GranTurismo EV is set to arrive in 2023, and is one of three new EVs Maserati plans to release that year, with electric versions of the new Grecale mid-sized SUV and GranCabrio GT set to follow. In 2025, Maserati will also introduce electric versions of its MC20 sports car, flagship Quattroporte limousine, and Levante SUV. The latter, interestingly, represented the greatest share of Maserati’s sales in 2021 at 59 per cent, suggesting sales of the twin-turbo V6 ICE model will continue until its EV counterpart arrives.

As part of parent company Stellantis’ ‘Dare Forward 2030’ strategy, it’s likely the Levante and Quattroporte EVs at least will sit atop Stellantis’ ‘STLA’ architecture, though it’s predicted the GranTurismo, GranCabrio, Gercale and MC20 EVs will feature bespoke Maserati architecture to “preserve” the Trident’s DNA.

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