The New Maserati GranTurismo Line: Speed, Agility, and an EV Option Without Compromise

The New Maserati GranTurismo Line: Speed, Agility, and an EV Option Without Compromise
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In addition to the Trofeo and Modena versions, there is the Folgore, which is a battery-powered version.

Since the late 1940s, grand touring cars have been known as "Gran Turismo" cars, powerful, sporty, and luxurious machines. Several decades ago, it inspired the letters "GT" on cars from Europe, Asia, and the US, but Maserati took the concept seriously enough to actually spell out "GranTurismo" on their models. 

In the original Maserati GranTurismo, power, sport and luxury combined to form a great grand touring machine. This tradition continues with the new 2024 model that will arrive in showrooms in April. An all-electric GranTurismo is the big news for this latest GranTurismo. In the second half of 2023, Maserati will launch its first dedicated electric vehicle, the "Folgore," in its 109-year history.

It takes advanced design and engineering processes to offer both an internal-combustion engine and an all-electric drivetrain in the same architecture, especially if the performance component of Maserati's luxury-performance identity is to remain intact.

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The all-electric Maserati GranTurismo Folgore 2024 is on track. Courtesy of Maserati 

In comparison, the conventionally powered GranTurismo Trofeo and Modena trims weigh approximately 4,000 pounds. Despite that, the Folgore is the fastest GranTurismo, hitting 60 mph in 2.7 seconds as opposed to 3.5 seconds for the Trofeo and 3.9 seconds for the Modena.

In all three versions, aluminum, magnesium, and high-strength steel are used for the chassis and body structure. Despite the Folgore's multi-material construction, Maserati claims this approach achieves best-in-class weight specifications. 

In spite of the Folgore's multi-material construction, Maserati claims this approach achieves best-in-class weight specifications. Aluminum accounts for 65 percent of the entire structure. 65 percent of the structure is made up of aluminum. Furthermore, the Modena and Trofeo are 220 pounds lighter than their predecessors. 

The gasoline and electric models are manufactured on the same assembly line using a modular assembly philosophy. A peek into Maserati's future production as the brand shifts toward electrification is provided by this flexible, high-volume assembly process.

2023 Maserati GranTurismo Folgore embraces the sound of silence - The Us  Viral
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Featuring a long hood and a low roofline, the 2024 GranTurismo Folgore reflects Maserati's shift to electric vehicles. In order to keep the seat height and center of gravity low, the 92.5 kwh battery pack was designed in a "T-bone" shape. 

The car's standard all-wheel-drive system utilizes three electric motors, one in front and two behind the passenger compartment. There is an estimated range of 250-300 miles (US certification is pending), and the 800-volt system is capable of rapid level 3 charging.

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There are four driving modes: Max Range, GT, Sport, and Corsa, which each alter the Folgore's throttle response, ride quality, traction-control settings, torque vectoring, and audible profile. A series of interior and exterior speakers produce sound in the all-electric GranTurismo. 

Folgore's Corsa (Italian for "race") mode allows the driver to adjust additional performance parameters as well as lower its adaptive air suspension in Corsa (Italian for "race") mode. It is possible to adjust the torque-vectoring system for wet pavement conditions, or to prioritize drifting on the low-slung electric coupe.

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We first experienced Maserati's fabulous MC20 supercar's 3.0-liter V-6 "Nettuno" engine in the GranTurismo Modena and Trofeo. The Modena offers 490 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, and the Trofeo offers 550 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, but they weigh 1,000 pounds less than the Folgore. 

It's not audio amplifiers that make the glorious noises they make. There is standard all-wheel drive with torque vectoring on both models, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission. 188 mph is the top speed for the Modena, while 200 mph is the top speed for the Trofeo.

When the "slowest" GranTurismo hits zero-to-60 mph in under four seconds and tops out at 188 mph, it's clear the marque didn't sacrifice performance. More impressive is Maserati's ability to create a truly functional 2+2 seating configuration for four adults. 

In our test of the rear seat, even a six-foot frame fit behind a six-foot driver without issue, and in full comfort for extended trips. Furthermore, the GranTurismo offers more than 11 cubic feet of storage space (3.5 cubic feet more than its predecessor) to accommodate the luggage of four adults for a weekend getaway.

The 12.2-inch digital gauge cluster has a unique shape that allows it to be positioned lower relative to the steering wheel. The steering wheel is no longer blocking the display's visibility. This display configuration, according to Klaus Busse, Maserati's head of design, shows that the automaker doesn't simply use existing supplier components. “We actually sit down with them and truly innovate,” explains Busse. 

The primary interfaces are a 12.3-inch touchscreen and an 8.8-inch climate control screen. Both provide clear, intuitive functionality. In addition to a head-up display, a 19-speaker, 1200-watt Sonus faber audio system is available (a 14-speaker, 860-watt audio system is standard).

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The 12.2-inch digital gauge cluster sits lower than the steering column, maximizing visibility without blocking it.

Taking the 2024 Maserati GranTurismo Trofeo for a drive north of Rome allowed us to test both the vehicle's performance and luxury features. With its advanced driver-assist technology, quiet cabin, and luxurious seats, it made navigating unfamiliar routes easier. 

After we left the freeway, the car's relaxed nature turned into highly entertaining when we traveled along narrow, twisting roads. With the V-6 engine located behind the front axle, the GranTurismo has a 52/48 weight distribution, which pays dividends when the engine is put in Sport mode and stretched on curved roads. 

A track session in the electric GranTurismo Folgore followed our on-road adventures in the Trofeo. Both the Folgore and Trofeo feature active air suspensions that vary ride height based on driver mode and speed, as well as staggered wheel sizes (20 inches for the front, 21 inches for the back) and Brembo brakes. 

Despite the additional weight carried by the Folgore, the GranTurismo and Folgore offer surprisingly similar driving experiences. In track conditions, the Folgore's 5,000-pound curb weight is managed with quick steering response, excellent feedback, and confident braking.

In the future, performance vehicles will increasingly use hybrid or pure electric drivetrains. The GranTurismo offers powerful acceleration and responsive handling, as well as sleek exterior styling that complements a plush and functional interior, regardless of drivetrain. 

According to Rich Report, the 2024 GranTurismo will appeal both to traditional customers and to EV buyers seeking a practical, luxurious coupe with Italian aesthetics.

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