Hopefully you are prepared for what Maserati will bring you next year. Think of a small, featherlight and magnificently looking ultimate sports car and then think of the 2017 Maserati Alfieri. We are just terribly excited to see the concept car hit production and we’re counting down the days until it does. The concept showed us a truly compact and dynamically styled supercar that emitted a “back to the future” radiance. Maserati expressed their wish to have the driving experience and details top the appearance. Not even to match it, but to top it! With so many sports car aficionados following Maserati’s every move, this is a bold statement. Then again, when has Maserati ever disappointed in delivering an even more terrific vehicle than anyone expected? Read on to figure out why exactly we are so excited about this piece of metal.
Since its revealing at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the 2017 Maserati Alfieri has been repeatedly praised and named in “most exciting cars” lists. If you take a look at it, you can probably see why.
Maserati’s design team has been working at this car for years, constantly changing, updating and chafing their design until they thought it just couldn’t get any more beautiful and then top that as well. The result is what you can see here. The creases have been sharpened, the curves have been put to the test and the feel is radiating modernity. The motivation for making this happen lies in the competitors, who are mostly German. These brands come out with cars that also look quite modern, but still look a lot like each other. Maserati didn’t want that for their new Alfieri and did everything they could to make it look different, to make it stand out. At least from the German cars, some elements are quite reminiscent of the Jaguar F-type coupe. Look at the raked rear screen and how it flows right into the rear bumper.
Although the concept car has been made with carbon-fibre, the production cars will be have an aluminium body. For saving extra weight, some panels will be produced out of composite. The brakes will be carbon-ceramic, same as on the Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale. What has also been taken from the Stradale is the chassis. The wheelbase has consecutively been cut down by 240 milimeters, proving how small this Alfieri is actually going to be.
The rim design was inspired by fifties style wire-spoke wheels.
Coupe and convertible
The 2017 Maserati Alfieri will be released in coupe form, a year after we can expect the convertible to be on sale.
The side appearance of the 2017 Maserati Alfieri is mostly reminding us of an angry black widow spider on the prowl. A superlong front bodypart flowing aerodynamically into the supercurvy puffed up rear part, radiating danger and control.
Considering the fact that a future Alfieri driver will probably be looking more at the inside of the car than at the outside, the interior is just as important as the exterior. Think of a no-button minimalist design, which is the hottest trend in car manufacturing right now.
The gauges are digital instead of analog and have abandoned the trusted needle pointing to the speed. Instead the current speed is enlarged by a sort of magnifying glass circle. Takes a little getting used to, but is actually surprisingly user-friendly.
Of course the dashboard will feature a large TFT touch screen, as do all newly released cars since 2015.
The concept car’s pedals, gearshift paddles and steering wheel’s spokes are al made from aluminium. However, the front seats have a bucket seat design inspired by 1950’s race cars.
On to the engine! No V8 engine will be found here. Maserati is going to go with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine which will be able to make 410 hp. A little upgrade and the car can hit 450 hp and the fastest option is rumored to lie at a throttling 520 hp! Only the 410 hp engine will be rear wheel droven, the more powerful models need a four-wheel drive. Unfortunately for the Europeans there will be no manual shifting on this Maserati Alfieri. All options have an eight-speed automatic transmission system.
What we find really interesting is that Maserati is also preparing a 48 Volts electrical system and a plug-in application. The 48 Volts can definitely boost the engine a tad more and give the airconditioning and active suspension its required electricity.
Come back to read up on the engine specs to see if more information will be available.
Unfortunately we are still in the dark on the 2017 Maserati Alfieri tech specs, but we don’t expect to find the commuter’s dream: Stop and Go braking system with Lane Departure Warning. We do expect different driving modes to fully make use of the supercar. Check back later for more info.
Price and sale date
The starting price will be at $94,000 for US and around €100,000 in Europe. That is pretty affordable! The coupe will go on sale somewhere in the end of 2016. The convertible version can be expected to go on sale in 2017.