Maserati Alfieri Concept bows in Geneva
As part of its commemoration of its 100th anniversary, Maserati has commissioned a GT concept car that could add an all-new 2+2 to the Italian automaker's lineup.
Called the Maserati Alfieri, the coupe would be positioned alongside the current Gran Turismo, a coupe and convertible that is slated for a remake for the 2016 model year.
The Alfieri bears the name of the most prominent of the Maserati brothers who founded the company in 1914. The fully functioning prototype recalls the famous Maserati A6 GCS-53 designed by Pininfarina in 1954. That model, like the concept, has a long hood, small cabin positioned almost over the rear wheels and a short rear deck.
Lorenzo Ramaciotti, head of design for Fiat Chrysler, said the the show car was designed by a small team at the company's central styling office in Turin and provides a hint at the future design philosophy at Maserati. "We wanted the Alfieri to test future design paths", Ramaciotti explains. "The car is very aggressive but still sober in style, forceful but understated."
The Alfieri is powered by Maserati's 4.7-liter V8 producing 460 horsepower. Maserati execs said that if the car were produced, it could use either the V6 or V8 engines used by the rest of the Maserati lineup, which includes the 4-place Gran Turismo and the Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans.
The Alfieri rides on 20-inch front and 21-inch rear alloy wheels. The car is painted in a liquid metal color called Steel Flair.
The cabin is simple in design to recall Maserati's racing heritage. The dash is suspended from the cowl and boasts a clean, organic two-tone design built around a central TFT screen. The floor of the cabin is finished in a material that mimics oxidized steel, while the seats and center console are clad in Poltrona Frau leather. While merely a study, Fiat Chrysler chairman Sergio Marchionne was quoted as saying that the car could see production within 2 years.
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