BAT­TERY-POW­ERED Al­fieri promises 0-100km/h in 2.0sec!

Motor (Australia) - - FRONT END | PACE NOTES -

MASERATI IS plan­ning to em­brace elec­tri­fied per­for­mance in a big way, its forth­com­ing Al­fieri coupe lead­ing the charge when it ar­rives in 2020. Re­vealed as a con­cept at the 2014 Geneva Mo­tor Show, the Al­fieri was ex­pected to re­ceive high­per­for­mance ver­sions of Maserati’s twin-turbo V6 and V8 en­gines, how­ever, it will now rely on bat­tery power to de­liver blind­ing speed. A triple-mo­tor setup will de­liver all-wheel drive with true torque vec­tor­ing, with Maserati claim­ing the Al­fieri will bolt to 100km/h in around two sec­onds and on to a top speed in ex­cess of 300km/h. Key to its per­for­mance will be its Fer­raride­vel­oped elec­tric driv­e­train, de­liv­er­ing 50 per cent more power than Maserati’s cur­rent V8-pow­ered sports mod­els, while keep­ing the weight penalty to 175kg com­pared to a con­ven­tional in­ter­nal-com­bus­tion engine. Maserati promises long range and quick charge times thanks to the use of 800-volt charg­ing tech­nol­ogy, which is pro­jected to al­low a 400km range re­fill in 15-20 min­utes. The Al­fieri will also be of­fered as a plug-in hy­brid, how­ever, what role the ICE will play, and what engine that will be, is cur­rently un­clear. Maserati has grown rapidly in re­cent years, from just 6000 sales glob­ally with 12 per cent mar­ket cov­er­age to 50,000 sales and 46 per cent mar­ket cov­er­age in 2017, largely on the back of the Ghi­bli sedan and Le­vante SUV. Ac­cord­ing to CEO Tim Ku­niskis, the plan is to in­crease this to 100,000 sales by 2022 thanks to an all-new Qu­at­tro­porte and new mid-size SUV.

Maserati’s Al­fieri 2+2, due to ap­pear in 2020 as a coupe and con­vert­ible, will be one of a new wave of bat­tery­pow­ered sports cars

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