New Maserati electric powertrain enters testing phase
Maserati’s all-new all-electric powertrain is being readied for use in the next-generation GranTurismo and GranCabrio
The first models to use the electric powertrain will be the new Maserati GranTurismo in 2021, followed by the GranCabrio in 2022, Maserati confirmed in a statement.
Unlike most electric motors, which are refined and silent, Maserati says its engineers are deliberately working to produce a noisy electric motor, to create a noise which can replace the sound of the company’s trademark 4.7-litre V8. The sound of the prototype vehicle in Maserati’s latest teaser clip gives an indication of the brand’s intent.
Maserati’s all-electric powertrain will feature three electric motors, all-wheel-drive and a torque vectoring system – while promising short charge times, limited cabin intrusion and a long driving range. Official performance figures are still unknown but, to keep pace with the the Tesla Model S and the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, expect an output in excess of 600bhp.
This teaser video follows our recent official images of a heavily camouflaged, mid-engined Maserati prototype, which the company is using to develop its upcoming powertrains. The mule is a modified version of the Alfa Romeo 4C, with a wider front and rear track, enormous engine intakes and oversized alloy wheels squeezed under a set of flared wheel arches.
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