A GranTurismo-based sports vehicle to take on the Porsche 911
It truly is named the Alfieri idea, which Maserati will be the 1st to tell you is not the “Guyfieri.” Otherwise, it’;d come with a golden roof, a Ferrari V8 slathered in beer batter, and a deep-fried interior reeking of Cheetos and desperation. Make that balsamic vinegar, in accordance to Maserati, the dark condiment evidently imbued with “a centenary tradition of craftsmanship and passion.” A lot like Maserati’;s celebration of its 100-year background at this Geneva auto present, as represented by the silver ingot proven over.
Indeed the Alfieri concept, a lovely broad-grilled sports activities automobile a lot more in line with the Porsche 911 than its very own GranTurismo, is a celebration of Alfieri Maserati, 1 of the 5 brothers who founded the eponymous company. (Sooner or later we’;ll see Bindo, Carlo, Ernesto and Ettore concepts, although perhaps not the latter — worldwide trademark laws and all that.)
Drawing from Maserati history, this notion is a 2+2. According to the company, it most straight draws its influence from the 1954 Maserati A6GCS/53 Berlinetta — stubby and quick with a leering grille, developed by Pininfarina for the Globe Sportscar Championship. The A6 was the final Maserati done by Pininfarina till this century. But Lorenzo Ramaciotti, who retired from Pininfarina in 2005, created the Alfieri: testament that Italians are effectively-versed in their own traditions.
The Alfieri is based mostly on the GranTurismo platform: that implies a 4.7-liter V8 with 460 hp, mated to a 6-pace automated. Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes come from the GranTurismo MC Stradale, and the calipers are painted blue, which matches the interior.
In other color-coordinated Maserati news, Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Restricted Edition debuted in a proud upholding of the designer-car tradition. Varvatos was only the beginning. This Quattroporte features “platinum silk” paint, which sounds greater than beige, with shades of aluminum mixed into the paint to give it “a sensation of infinite depth.” (You may have to see it for yourself.) Within, it really is smooth silk above the headliner, like rubbing your grubby hands towards your grandmother’;s scarf. Brown and gray mark the rest of the leather-lined interior. The Quattroporte Zegna also comes with an unique “Owner’;s Collection Kit” (what isn’;t unique these days?) that contains “a generous assortment of 19 refined posts” including leather bits, a silk scarf, potentially a display pony, Jennifer Lawrence, and who is aware of what else.
Maserati has been gearing up for a grand growth, if its Super Bowl ad is to judge. And just as properly, as well — its GranTurismo has revolved close to the sun for 7 many years, and the globe is due to move on. “Maserati doesn’;t modify,” said Ramaciotti. “Maserati is usually Maserati.”
About the Geneva motor present
The 2014 Geneva motor demonstrate runs March 6-16 and is anticipated to appeal to a selection of production and concept autos as various as the Jeep Renegade and the new Koenigsegg One:one. Check out Autoweek’;s total coverage at autoweek.com/geneva-car-display.
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