Maserati Alfieri 2+2 concept could provide a glimpse of future trident-bearing models.
Maserati unveiled a fully-working prototype known as the Alfieri at the Geneva Motor Show. The 2+2 concept, which Maserati said could provide a hint as to what we should expect from future models, celebrates the Italian manufacturer’s 100th anniversary.
The concept coupe is a nod to old Italian 2+2 models such as the 1957 3500 GT and the 1959 5000 GT. It is powered by a 4.7-litre V8 that develops 460bhp at 7,000rpm and 520Nm (383lb/ft) of torque from 4,500rpm. A special exhaust layout is said to produce a ‘breathtaking sound’.
Maserati has based on the Alfieri on the GranTurismo MC Stradale’s chassis. It is 4,590mm long, 1,930mm wide and 1,280mm high. Meanwhile the wheelbase, which is 2,700mm, is 240mm shorter.
An extremely curvy body gives the Alfieri head-turning looks, while bi-xenon LED headlights, 21-inch alloy wheels at the rear and 20-inch at the front, Maserati blue exhaust tailpipes and brake calipers and a liquid paintjob called ‘Steel Flair’ provide an alluring mix of old and new styling cues.
Continuing the old and new theme is the interior, which features TFT displays where you would normally see an analogue cluster and a dashboard inspired by the Maserati 5000 GT. Luna white and dark Basalt blue give the interior a moody look, while Aniline leather on the seats, dashboard and centre console add a touch of luxury.
“The Alfieri is a transition point between 100 glorious years of history and the future that is opening up before us,” design chief Lorenzo Ramaciotti commented. “I can’t honestly say that we’ll see this car in production in the next two years, but I’m certain we’ll see something very similar.”
We hope the Alfieri does make production because, as the images show, this is one beautiful machine.
Maserati was also busy flaunting the Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition first seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013. The special Quattroporte, which is limited to a run of just 100 cars, will go into production in July. It features a V8 twin-turbo capable of 530hp and 710Nm of torque at peak, giving it a 0 to 62mph time of 4.7 seconds.