Model is expected to be introduced in 2018.

The Maserati Alfieri is inching closer to production as engineer Davide Danesin has confirmed the automaker is developing a new platform for the entry-level sports car.

Speaking with Drive, Danesin said the Alfieri and next-generation GranTurismo will ride a "more sporty architecture" than the Ghibli, Levante, and Quattroporte.  Despite this, the platform will share "some common basis" with the Ghibli in what is likely a move to reduce costs and development time. Danesin went on to say sports cars will have a multi-material body with will use aluminum to reduce weight.

Engine options remain unconfirmed but Maserati's five year plan called for the Alfieri to be powered by a V6 engine that has outputs of 410 horsepower, 450 hp, and 520 hp.  The original plan also called for an all-wheel drive variant but that now seems unlikely according to Danesin.

The GranTurismo, on the other hand, is expected to move upmarket and adopt a high-performance V8 engine that produces more than 560 hp.

Maserati was slated to introduce the Alfieri first but it now appears the next-generation GranTurismo will arrive in 2017.  The Alfieri should arrive shortly thereafter in 2018.

Source: Drive

Source: Drive

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