You may recall early last month when we told you about Maserati’s new GranTurisimo Folgore, the company’s first electric GT car. Our own Thomas Hundal wondered about the fundamental sense of an electric GT car, a car designed specifically for fast, long highway travel — something that, currently, EVs just aren’t really cut out for. It’s omething that’s not so much the fault of the car as it is our still larval EV charging infrastructure. Whatever the reason, like all good problems, this one can be happily ignored thanks to the other versions of the lovely GranTurismo, which use combustion, internally, on six pistons arranged in a V shape. The two versions of the twin-turbo V6 GranTurismos are the Modena and the higher-performance Trofeo.
The cars look virtually identical to the EV Folgore version, which is a good thing, as the classic long-hood-short-rear-deck GT car shape never stopped being wonderful, and the detailing, especially in the lighting design, borrowed from Maserati’s MC20 halo supercar actually works very well.
It’s an undeniably pretty car, a clear evolution of the sorts of GT cars Maserati has been building for decades, starting with the Maserati A6 1500 from the late 1940s.
Maserati’s current GT design language can be traced back to the 1998 3200 GT, and over the years it’s grown more athletic and aggressive, though this most recent version has calmed it down a bit, without losing the car’s presence. I like what they’ve done, especially with those dramatic fender curves and the unexpected crispness of those hood air extractors.
Even if it looks like a straightforward evolution of the last generation, there’s a lot different in its greasy parts, not the least of which is that these are now all-wheel-drive cars instead of the more traditional rear-drivers. Power to all those wheels no longer comes from a naturally-aspirated V8, but instead from Maserati’s own Nettuno 3-liter V6 with twin turbos, making 490 horsepower/443 pound-feet of torque on the Modena version and 550 hp/479 lb-ft on the Trofeo. Both use an eight-speed automatic from ZF, and the Modena can get to 62 mh/100 kph in just under four seconds, while he Trofeo can save you plenty of time by getting there in 3.5.
Top speed of the Trofeo is said to be 199 mph, and the Modena’s only about 10 mph less, but I’m going to guess that for most buyers either will be, you know, adequate.
The interior hasn’t been seen yet, but a couple of inches of rear legroom have been added, so that’s good news if you’re hitchhiking and get picked up by a beautiful, wealthy couple driving one of these.
Maserati devoted a whole paragraph to the sound system, so it must be important:
“The GranTurismo also offers an “all-round sound experience”, guaranteed by the iconic signature sound of the Maserati engine, even in the electric version thanks to innovative work by engineers at the Maserati Innovation Lab. The sound experience is completed by the immersive Sonus faber 3D sound system. Designed and made by Italian craftsmen in sound, the audio system offers two levels of customisation, giving it up to 19 speakers and 3D sound with an output of up to 1,195 W, for depth of field and truly unique roundness of sound.*”
Yes, yes, “unique roundness,” the quality I look for in both my sound systems and my tires. Good, glad that’s there, that’s a load off my mind.
Overall, this looks to be a lovely, old-school-yet-full-of-new-tech GT car. I’m glad these still exist. Pricing has yet to be announced, too, but I’m certain you can afford it.