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Maserati confirms production of ‘Alfieri’ sports car concept

Maserati confirms it will build the commemorative Alfieri, starting 2016.

Luxury car maker Maserati has confirmed it plans to put the Alfieri concept sports car into production. Launched at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the concept commemorates Alfieri Maserati, one of the four Maserati brothers, for Maserati’s 100th anniversary.

Like all Maseratis before it, the Alfieri’s design is centered around understated elegance. It’s discrete enough in profile, but there’s nothing understated about the car’s muscular haunches, its toothy grille and shark-like headlights. It is, as far as we’re concerned, the most aggressive-looking Maserati to date.

Harald Wester, Maserati’s CEO, said: “This is what quiet, hard-working passionate car makers make. This is the future of our design and our homage to our history.”

Underneath all the finery there is a raw 4.7-litre V8 engine that pushes 460bhp at 7,000rpm. Power is transmitted to the Alfieri’s rear wheels through the MC shift automated manual gearbox via a lmited-slip differential. Expect spirited performance thanks to a curb weight less than 1,400kg.

Inside, the Maserati Alfieri’s 2+2 cabin layout is adorned with smatterings of oxidised steel — a common feature in 1950s race cars, particularly the 1954 Maserati A6GCS, from which the Alfieri borrows heavily. Those old-school touches contrast nicely with modern flourishes including a digital instrumen panel and central infotainment screen. 

It will be difficult to imagine the stunning Maserati Alfieri being anything less than a resounding success, although it faces stiff competition in the form of the Jaguar F-Type and Porsche 911.


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