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