RE: Maserati Alfieri to feature new hybrid powertrain

RE: Maserati Alfieri to feature new hybrid powertrain

Thursday 21st November 2019

Maserati Alfieri to feature new hybrid powertrain

An Alfa 4C-based mule is testing the electrified engine set to power a new 2+2



Maserati’s five-year-old Alfieri concept will finally influence a production car that is set to reach the market in 2020 – and the latest information suggests the model will use an all-new electrified engine that’s being developed in-house in Modena. Images released by the firm show what looks to be a mid-engined two-seater sports car wrapped in camouflaged on the city’s streets, although it’s believed to be a development mule based on sister brand Alfa Romeo’s 4C, rather than a signal that a two-seater performance model is incoming.Β 

Instead, the powertrain within – official details of which have not yet been released – is likely destined for a 2+2 Maserati inspired by said concept, which will hit the roads at a time when the company is gradually phasing out its use of Ferrari-supplied V6 and V8 engines. It’s likely that Maserati’s in-house developed motors will be smaller than the respective 3.8 and 4.7-litre Ferrari engines, with hybrid power providing boost to ensure overall performance is at least maintained.


Maserati said the photographed mule’s powertrain is to become the β€œforefather of a new family of engines integrated exclusively on the vehicles of the brand”, suggesting it’ll be the largest and most potent variant of the design. The question as to whether Maserati has opted for eight, six or potentially even four cylinders remains unanswered; the Alfieri concept used a Ferrari-supplied V8 but it’s long been mooted that a hybrid V6 is the most realistic option for a production car set to face ever stricter emissions limits.

Further into the next decade, the production Alfieri is expected to gain an all-electric version, which would act as a halo for Maserati’s future line-up. With the old but characterful GranTurismo now officially gone and the Levante Trofeo’s supply of Ferrari V8s barely more than a year from drying up, it seems Maserati will look – and sound – very different in the 2020s to how it has in this decade. Sad news for fans of the brand - but probably necessary to ensure Maserati’s survival in the years to come.


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brogenville

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899 posts

150 months

Thursday 21st November 2019
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Isn’t this (largely) just the Ferrari Roma in a different frock?

kambites

57,672 posts

170 months

Thursday 21st November 2019
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brogenville said:
Isn’t this (largely) just the Ferrari Roma in a different frock?
I doubt it considering that Ferrari and Maserati are no longer part of the same group and Maserati are no longer even going to be using Ferrari engines.

Anyway, the mule above looks distinctly mid-engined.

Harry_523

198 posts

48 months

Thursday 21st November 2019
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Could this be what happened to the scrapped 8C replacement, Re-branded as a Maserati?

Ruskins

208 posts

70 months

Thursday 21st November 2019
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Looks like the 6c mule to me, front wheels look very Alfa like.

Burnham

3,543 posts

208 months

Thursday 21st November 2019
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Nice...looks like a mini-RUF CTR3

BVB

697 posts

102 months

Thursday 21st November 2019
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I like the look of that 4C mule.

smilo996

1,520 posts

119 months

Thursday 21st November 2019
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They seem to be all at sea. Dropped the larger saloon, not using Ferrari derived engines but building their own, why on earth not use the TT V8 and the hybrid tech they already have.
Lancia has stalled, with two models and Lancia is dead and buried.
There is so much good will, heritage and opportunity but that constellation of makers seems to squander it.
Ferrari seems to be the only one on fire for the past decade, since the 458 came out.

Nerdherder

1,655 posts

46 months

Friday 22nd November 2019
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Ruskins said:
Looks like the 6c mule to me, front wheels look very Alfa like.
No it's a Maser prototype, I've seen the Maser head of design (iirc, could have been a different role) post the pics of it rolling out the gate on LinkedIn.

lotuslover69

153 posts

92 months

Friday 22nd November 2019
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This is just a mule for testing the powertrain. For example here is the Mule for testing the powertrain that went into the Mclaren F1