Italian agency commits to constructing Tesla rival at historic Modena manufacturing facility, with first pre-series manufacturing fashions due subsequent yr
Maserati will improve the manufacturing strains at its Modena manufacturing facility later this yr in preparation to start out work on its Alfieri electrified supercar.
The Italian agency confirmed its dedication to manufacturing at Modena, the place it has been primarily based since 1939, following a gathering with native authorities officers and unions. The positioning will concentrate on making “particular high-performance, high-technology sports activities automobiles”, and work will begin on upgrading the services there this autumn.
As soon as the improve is full, Maserati will begin pre-series manufacturing of a “characteristically Maserati sports activities automotive” within the first half of subsequent yr. Whereas the agency didn't title the Alfieri, it confirmed that it was placing the long-awaited two-seater into manufacturing as a part of its five-year marketing strategy introduced final June.
The Alfieri relies on an idea first proven in 2014. It will likely be provided in coupé and convertible kinds and with a selection of three powertrains, all of which shall be electrified. They are going to embrace an electrical model, which can use a tri-motor, four-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring and 800V battery know-how, and a plug-in hybrid.
Talking final yr, Maserati boss Tim Kuniskis mentioned the Alfieri will “supply an unparalleled mixture of efficiency and luxurious”, with a Zero-62mph time of round 2.0sec and a high pace of greater than 186mph. It is going to additionally function lively aerodynamics.
Making pre-series manufacturing fashions of the Alfieri within the first half of subsequent yr would seemingly put the mannequin on the right track to go on sale in mid-2021.
The Alfieri will exchange the Granturismo and Grancabrio on the high of Maserati’s vary, which the model is aiming to fully renew by 2022. The plans unveiled final yr embrace new variations of the Quattroporte, Ghibli and Levante, together with a brand new SUV that can sit beneath the Levante.
Whereas Maserati laid out that plan simply eight months in the past, the agency notes that it's at the moment “below revision”.
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