Maserati (FIATY.PK) has been having a hell of a year. Granted the year is still young, but already the Italian marque has run its first Super Bowl ad, launched its new Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans, and has seen demand for both skyrocket. Not wishing to rest on its laurels, Maserati has remained busy and presented us with the Alfieri concept at this year’s Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.
Right off the bat, we can see the Alfieri — named after one of the Maserati brothers, an engineer who founded the “Officine Alfieri Maserati” in Bologna, Italy, 100 years ago — retains some of the design language shown on the current generation of the GranTurismo. That includes the gaping front grille, its 2+2 layout, muscular haunches, and the overall side profile lines.
The Alfieri is meant to trace back to Maserati’s heritage of GT cars and takes inspiration from the 1957 3500 GT, the 1959 5000 GT, and the 1969 Indy. The prototype being shown in Geneva is an entirely functional concept, and although Maserati hasn’t confirmed plans for production, the car was designed and built based on the idea that it someday would be produced.
“The Alfieri is a transition point between 100 glorious years of history and the future that is opening up before us. I sincerely can’t say that we’ll see this car in production in two years-time, but I’m certain we’ll see something very similar,” said Lorenzo Ramaciotti, who headed up the Alfieri project, in a press release.
This would theoretically put it at odds with the GranTurismo, currently Maserati’s flagship coupe. Although the Alfieri is nearly 10 inches shorter, it packs the same 4.7-liter V8 found in the GT, where it produces a respectable 444 horsepower in its base form (it generates 460 in the Alfieri).
Its raked-back window and roofline are reminiscent of earlier Italian coupes, but the Alfieri also uses modern accents like bi-xenon LED headlamps, 21-inch wheels, and that cool liquid-metal paint job. The interior, while one may suspect the utmost in comfort and luxury, was left largely in a minimal state for simplicity’s sake. “The suspended dashboard is conceptually inspired by that of the Maserati 5000 GT. The dashboard boasts a clean, organic, two-tone design built around a central TUFT screen,” Maserati’s statement reads.
The car is also equipped with carbon ceramic brakes and Brembo calipers to bring it to a stop, a setup that is taken directly from the current GranTurismo MC. Power is routed through a six-speed transmission, and its exhaust setup promises that gorgeous, thundering V8 soundtrack that Maserati has a knack for.
If this is the direction that Maserati decides to move in, we’re certainly excited to see what else will come.