Following years of speculations, we finally have an official confirmation that Maserati will launch a production version of its Alfieri concept. Not only that, but the Italian company is also planning an all-electric version to rival the next generation Porsche 911 and Jaguar F-Type.
When Maserati updated its product roadmap, the Alfieri was delayed for the end of the decade. At first, it was believed the production variant will arrive in 2018, but then the automaker decided to delay the project once gain for 2020.
Now, Peter Denton, Maserati Region Manager for North Europe, confirmed the variant with a combustion engine will be ready 2019 or 2020. Speaking to JustAuto at the UK launch of the Levante SUV, he also revealed a full electric version will be launched by the end of 2020.
Expected to bring many design cues from the Alfieri concept, the production model will be larger than the Porsche Boxster/Cayman family and will ride on an entirely new platform, as previous reports suggested. It won’t be created from the ground up and will share some components with the Ghibli sedan.
“Alfieri will be bigger than Boxster and Cayman,” Denton confirmed. “It is being designed as a competitor to the 911 but it will be a larger car. More the size of a Jaguar F-Type.”
As a true sports coupe, the vehicle will be powered exclusively by the rear wheels. Last month Maserati engineer Davide Danesin revealed an all-wheel drive model has been considered, but is unlikely to happen.
Power for the ICE variants will most likely be provided by V6 unit in three power stages – 410 horsepower (306 kilowatts), 450 hp (335 kW), and 520 hp (388 kW).
When it arrives on the market in at least three years, the Alfieri will be offered in both coupe and convertible body styles. Already wondering about the pricing? Denton says the car will be priced “in that segment.” Pretty vague.