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Maserati Alfieri sports car confirmed for production

The Maserati Alfieri concept from the 2014 Geneva motor show will go into production to take on sports cars such as the Jaguar F-Type.

Speaking at a Fiat Chrysler investor event overnight, Maserati CEO Harald Wester confirmed the brand’s plan to build coupe and convertible versions of the Alfieri. The hardtop will launch in 2016, followed a year later by the drop-top – both available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive form.

The company also confirmed there would be a replacement for the larger Maserati GranTurismo sports coupe in 2018, though the five-year model plan doesn’t feature a new version of the related GranCabrio convertible.

The Maserati Alfieri will sit on a shortened version of the Quattroporte limo’s platform that is also being utilised for the next-generation GranTurismo, as well as the Levante SUV due in 2015. It will be offered exclusively with turbocharged V6 engines, with entry-level models sending 306kW to the rear wheels, and 336kW and 388kW versions teamed with all-wheel drive.

By that time, the Ghibli’s 243kW rear-wheel-drive V6 will be dropped and the 301kW twin-turbo V6 in the rear-wheel-drive Ghibli S and all-wheel-drive Ghibli S Q4 will be upped to 336kW. The Quattroporte’s future engine line-up will match its smaller sedan sibling’s, albeit with the addition of a new 254kW all-wheel-drive diesel.

Published: Friday, May 9, 2014

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