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2023 Maserati GranTurismo Folgore EV teased

Lightning is set to strike soon. Maserati is closing in on a reveal for the upcoming all-electric GranTurismo Folgore grand tourer.

The Italian carmaker uploaded a five-minute video to YouTube showing the GranTurismo Folgore driving around on sweeping Californian roads.

Maserati head of design Klaus Busse indicated during the video the GranTurismo Folgore can do the 0-60mph (0-97km/h) sprint in a claimed 2.6 seconds, and has a top speed of more than 200mph (322km/h).

Maserati will draw upon its upcoming Formula E venture (starting in 2023) with an 800V charging architecture for its high-performance electric drivetrain.

The GranTurismo Folgore – folgore is Italian for lightning bolt – will be the headline act of the next-generation GranTurismo lineup, tipped to feature a tri-motor electric drivetrain producing up to 895kW of power.

Mr Busse also said the high-voltage batteries in the GranTurismo Folgore are located along the central tunnel and 100km of range can be added in five minutes of charging.

The video is informally hosted by Sebastian Maniscalco, an American comedian and actor of Italian heritage.

The Maserati GranTurismo Folgore is the same car recently teased by the Italian automaker and seen circling around the Monterey Car Week, as it has the same distinctive rose gold livery.

Although we get plenty of looks at the exterior of the GranTurismo Folgore, shots of the interior throughout the five-minute video are blurred out with ‘confidential’ overlays added.

What we can see though is there are four seats in the car and the interior is finished in a white and blue two-tone design.

There are also audio snippets of the synthesised engine sound, which has apparently been designed by the same people who engineered the signature Maserati internal-combustion engine sounds.

Maserati will also offer the GranTurismo with an internal-combustion engine as well, reportedly using a version of the 3.0-litre twin-turbo ‘Nettuno’ V6 engine from the MC20 supercar. In the MC20, the engine produces 463kW and 730Nm.

We recently reported on a spied prototype of this ICE-powered GranTurismo, which is expected to debut imminently.

A drop-top GranCabrio has also been confirmed.

This new, upcoming Maserati GranTurismo will replace the now-defunct model, which was revealed at the 2007 Geneva motor show. The defunct GranCabrio was revealed at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show.

Maserati recently announced it’s going all-electric by 2030 and will have at least one pure electric variant for every model in its lineup by 2025.

The Italian automaker recently previewed the all-electric Grecale Folgore, which will have a 400V electrical architecture, a 105kWh battery and “as much as 800Nm”. It’ll debut towards the end of 2022 before going on sale globally in 2023.

Maserati will also launch all-new generations of the Quattroporte sedan and Levante SUV, and both will be available with electric drivetrains. The MC20 is set to gain an electric version too.

Maserati is far from the first marque within the vast Stellantis brand portfolio to announce a cut-off date for sales of combustion-powered vehicles.

Abarth, DS and Lancia will become EV-only in 2024, Alfa Romeo will ditch ICE by 2027, and outside of China Opel/Vauxhall will only sell EVs by 2028.

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