Why we expect a lot from the electric Maserati GranTurismo Folgore
maserati the story at best becomes muddled. With frequent changes of ownership, whether Ferrari or Chrysler, the brand frequently reinvents itself and, above all, frequently flounders. The last two decades of the brand have seen the dominance of two models. The GranTurismo and the Quattroporte. The GranTurismo, as the closest model to the brand of a sports car, held a place in the hearts of many gearheads. Affordable and full of character. Recently, three other models have been added to the range, the Grecale, their latest SUV. The Levante, a sporty luxury SUV, and the new supercar, the awesome MC20. With many historic brands rebranding due to the need resulting from the switch to electric vehicles, Maserati is no exception. Adopting hybrid technology with the Levante and the Ghibli.
With the ban on internal combustion engine cars looming at the end of the decade, Maserati is preparing to take the leap. Folgore is the name that Maserati gives to its electric vehicles. By 2030 the whole range will be Folgore and by 2025 all their cars will have a Folgore option. The GranTurismo Folgore comes as the next step in this journey, an evolution of the previous model, it may not meet the needs of the market.
The luxury Italian brand’s first electric vehicle will steal the hearts of gearheads around the world.
Why is the Maserati GranTurismo Folgore important?
Like most cars for Maserati, the GranTurismo Folgore could make or break the company. However, now the stakes are higher, with money pouring into the development of this company-wide electric drivetrain, the future rests on this model. According to Maserati, this car is “the first model in the history of Maserati to adopt 100% electric solutions”. Like most Italian cars, critics steer clear of Maserati cars, proclaiming them to be full of heart and soul. This thus compensates for missing areas of the car such as infotainment or build quality. However, much of that character comes from the engine. With battery-powered vehicles, that’s a huge problem, a lack of uniformity.
Mercedes-Benz and BMW have solved this problem by creating fake battery notes, these replace the sounds of an engine and add more drama to the instant torque burst of an electric vehicle. Maserati did the same, creating a science fiction-inspired note of acceleration. The same engineers who once designed the engines and exhaust notes use their know-how to create an electric theater. This corresponds to futuristic performance. Maserati claims a 0-60mph time of 2.6 seconds and exceeds 200mph. While not earth-shattering, it’s a big step forward for the GranTurismo. The most extreme version of the previous car, the MC Stradale, hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and topped out at 186 mph.
That concern aside, the Maserati GranTurismo Folgore appears on their YouTube channel. According to Klause Busse, head of design at Maserati, the team kept the batteries in the central tunnel. This keeps the car’s center of gravity low and the sporty dynamics of the previous car. Even though the need for a long bonnet disappeared with the switch from motors to batteries, Maserati’s car still retains the same proportions. This evolves the design first introduced with the 3200 GT and penned by the legendary Giugiaro of Italdesign. Even without the Trident badge on the front, this design is clearly a Maserati.
Will the GranTursimo Folgore make a great Grand Tourer?
In January, Maserati has announced it will enter Formula E further develop their technology. Motorsport is the natural testing ground for automotive technology. Maserati faces a distinct problem with the new GranTurismo, primarily the name. The outgoing GranTurismo promised to comfortably cover the highway miles on the way to the world’s greatest secondary roads. With few EVs currently exceeding a range of 400 miles, it’s easy to see how the GranTurismo might fall short of many owners’ expectations.
Maserati confirms that they now have ultra-fast charging technology, where in just 10 minutes the car regains the ability to travel 100 miles. Realistically, you can get a full charge after stopping for lunch. But for many charging infrastructures, anxiety will still prevent them from adopting an electric grand tourer.
Maserati has yet to unveil its next-generation dashboard and driver controls. But it is clear that the interior is minimalist, devoid of buttons, simple and elegant. The interior also seems to step up from the previous model. With room for four adults, leather on every panel and comfortable but bolstered seats, Maserati brings an air of luxury to its EV that a Tesla simply can’t match. Klaus Busse says Maserati wants its customer to feel like they’re wearing the car like a “well-fitting suit”, in other words, full of heart and soul. A vehicle that makes you feel a certain way.
What is Maserati doing for sustainability?
Maserati is not just focusing on saving the environment by switching to battery power. According to Klaus Busse, Maserati incorporates the latest design technologies alongside traditional Italian design creativity to produce the car. Citing the recycling of nylon into the fabric. This results in a flexible material that can be used in place of other materials. As more information comes to us, the new GranTurismo gets more and more exciting. Transferring emotion into an electric vehicle maybe this car will install love electric power into some of the most diehard gearheads.