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.
The new four-seat GranTurismo coupe will employ the same 418kW-plus V8 used in the Quattroporte, Ghibli and Levante to offer a significant performance step up from the current 338kW/520Nm 4.7-litre V8 in the current $345,000 flagship Maserati GranTurismo Sport MC.
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.
Previewed by the Maserati Kubang concept (pictured above) from the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the all-wheel-drive Maserati Levante will launch next year with powerplants set to comprise three diesel engines (186kW-255kW), two V6 petrols (261kW and 317kW), and a 418kW-plus V8 by 2018.
With Maserati expanding its model range to six by 2016, boss Harald Wester has forecast global sales of 75,000 – 50 per cent up on its previous 2015 target of 50,000 units. Wester also stated revenue of approximately six billion euros ($8.9 billion) by 2018 – up from 2013’s 1.7 billion euros ($2.5 billion).