Maserati sets sights on Jaguar F-type with Alfieri
There’s plenty of Maserati buzz here at the moment, given the company’s plans to celebrate its centenary at the Festival of Speed this year, so we were pleased to hear that the Alfieri concept will go into production – possibly as early as next year, and if not 2016 – in a bid to reach its target of building 50,000 cars per year.
It’s difficult to look beyond the captivating curves, but let’s for just a moment. The concept – pictured here and shown at Geneva – was based on a Granturismo platform and used its V8 engine; the production reality will use the Ghibli/Quattroporte platform and a V6 engine, a cylinder count that aims squarely at its Porsche 911 and Jaguar F-type rivals. If the production Alfieri looks anything close to the concept (as is threatened), GT buyers will be faced with even tougher choices.
The Alfieiri, which takes its name from one of Maserati’s founding brothers, will be available in both coupe and convertible forms, the soft-top coming to market after the coupé. Given that it’s smaller than the Granturismo (both physically and mechanically), it leaves room for a new Granturismo to follow in 2018.
Looks like Maserati’s second century is going to be a good one…