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.