Maserati’s long-servicing GranTurismo will finally welcome its replacement in 2017, a new report with the UK’s Auto Express suggests.
Appearing 10 years on from the launch of the current model, the new GranTurismo will reportedly be smaller than the big tourer we know now.
And, while the current GranTurismo sits next to a convertible ‘GranCabrio’ mate, the new model is expected to be offered exclusively as a coupe.
This is all according to a recent interview with Maserati North Europe boss Peter Denton, who told Auto Express the impact of the GranCabrio’s role will be “filled by the Alfieri Spider, due in early 2017”.
But, while the next GranTurismo will reportedly go smaller, it’s unlikely to come too close to the Alfieri’s dimensions.
The Alfieri concept, revealed earlier this year, is based on the top-shelf GranTurismo MC Stradale but boasts a 240mm shorter wheelbase.
The GranTurismo is also expected to be offered exclusively in rear-wheel-drive form, mated to a 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 developing in expect of 410kW.
As for the Alfieri, reports point to rear- and all-wheel-drive options with a 3.0 litre V6 producing between 300 and 380kW depending on the trim grade.
In concept form however, the Alfieri was showcased with a 343kW/520Nm 4.7 litre naturally-aspirated V8, suggesting we might see more than just six-cylinder options down the road.
Likewise, we can likely expect the Alfieri’s retro-futuristic styling to preview not only its own production future, but also the look of the next GranTurismo.
Watch for prototypes to surface in the coming years.
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