Maserati boss Harald Wester has shed some light about the next generation GranTurismo.

Maserati boss Harald Wester has shed some light about the next generation GranTurismo.

 

Scheduled to come out towards the end of 2017, the overhauled GranTurismo will be sold exclusively as a coupe because there isn't a market large enough to justify the GranCabrio's existence, even though the model is very popular in United States according to Wester. The new GT is being characterized as a "fully focused driver's car" which will offer "serious V8 power, not to mention a cascade of low-end torque."

 

It will be sold only with a rear-wheel drive layout and promises to be "nimble, agile, responsive" while a V6 engine could be added to lower the GranTurismo's starting price which will boost sales. Based on a report which emerged back in December, the V8 engine will adopt a twin-turbo layout and will have a 3.8-liter displacement, enough to develop more than 550 bhp (410 kW).

Another reason why there won't be a new GranCabrio is because the upcoming 2016 Alfieri will also spawn a convertible which will be considerably cheaper. Until then, Maserati will launch the Ghibli-based Levante crossover programmed to be unveiled later this year, possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

 

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