Maserati confirms EV sports car by 2021
Maserati has announced plans to upgrade its factory in Modena, Italy in preparation for a start to production for its new electric-powered Alfieri sports car.
The Italian car maker confirmed its long term commitment to production in Modena, where it has been based since 1940, following recent talks with local government officials and worker union representatives. The traditional Maserati site will focus on the production of ‘special high-performance, high-technology sports cars’, according to a media release issued on Tuesday. It confirmed work will start on the factory upgrade during the European autumn later this year.
Once the factory upgrade is completed, Maserati says it will begin pilot production of a new sports car in the first half of next year, with Australian deliveries likely to take place in 2021.
Maserati confirmed it was putting the long-awaited two-seat Alfieri into production as part of a five-year business plan announced last June.
The production version of the Alfieri is based on a concept first revealed in 2014 with a V8 internal combustion engine. Drive understands it will be sold in coupe and convertible forms with a choice of electrified drivetrains.
Included is a plug-in petrol-electric drivetrain featuring an electric motor, V6 combustion engine and lithium-ion battery. Also planned is a pure electric drivetrain, details of which remain under wraps more than a year ahead of the launch of the Maserati Alfieri.
In an interview in 2018, former Maserati CEO Tim Kuniski said the production version of the Alfieri will “offer an unparalleled mixture of performance and luxury”.
Kuniski, who now heads up Alfa Romeo and Jeep, said the new Maserati model will be capable of delivering a 0-100km/h time in around 2.0sec and a top speed of more than 300km/h through the use of active aerodynamics.
Maserati has already announced plans to renew its entire line-up. Among the new models being developed and planned for introduction before the end of 2022 are replacements for the Quattroporte, Ghibli, Levante.
Kuniski also hinted last year that a new SUV model is also planned to positioned below the Levante in an expanded range.
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