Earlier today we showed you the first images but now the Maserati Alfieri Concept became official at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The new 2+2 concept car celebrates company’s centenary and says much about the design DNA of future Maseratis.
The new concept car bears the name of Alfieri a.k.a. the most prominent of the Maserati brothers but also the engineering genius who founded “Officine Alfieri Maserati” in Bologna a century ago. Alfieri Concept is a reminder that Maserati has a remarkable racing heritage and a unique tradition in exotic GT cars.
The new concept car is an Italian style 2+2 like the 1957 3500 GT, the 1959 5000 GT and the 1969 Indy and could preview a new Granturismo. Another inspiration for the new Maserati Concept was the Maserati A6 GCS-53 designed by Pininfarina in 1954. For those who don’t know, the A6 GCS-53 was an iconic piece of automotive technology and featured a diminutive cabin positioned almost over the rear wheels, a seemingly endless bonnet and long, sinuous wings stretching nearly to the rear wheels.
The front end of the car is dominated by the bi-xenon LED headlights as well as the big front grille featuring the well-known Maserati logo. The tail lights are three dimensional with red external elements and white elements in the centre. The wheels (21-inch on the rear/20-inch on the front) were especially designed for the concept car and are forged from single aluminum elements and feature integrated decorative spokes that are reminiscent of the classic spoke wheels of the 1950s.
The exterior design is completed by the liquid metal colour called “Steel Flair”. The decorative spokes of the forged wheels, brake callipers, grille, iconic triple air ducts, rear diffuser and the provocative brow of the exhaust tail pipes are all finished in Maserati Blue. Same blue colour is found on the Alfieri signature, replicated from an old official Maserati document and sculpted on the rear of the car, in the number plate recess.
The interior is very simple and the dashboard boast a two-tone design built around a central TFT screen. The floor is finished in a material that imitates oxidised steel, a material commonly found on racing cars of the 1950s. The seat profile inserts, gearbox lever and oval clock on the central console are milled from single piece aluminium billets, hand finished and anodised in a natural copper colour.
The three-spoke steering wheel has been crafted in the workshop of an Italian artisan. Like the remainder of the Alfieri’s interior, it too is 100% handmade. The Alfieri Concept is based on the GranTurismo MC Stradale chassis with a 24 centimetre shorter wheelbase. Moreover, the concept car is 4,590mm long with a 2,700 mm wheelbase, 1,930 mm wide and 1,280 mm high.
Under the big hood is a 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that delivers 460 hp and 520 Nm. A six-speed, electro-actuated gearbox (MC Shift) is mounted in a single unit with the limited slip rear differential and connected to the engine via a rigid torque tube. The Alfieri’s carbon ceramic disc brakes come directly from the GranTurismo MC Stradale and are combined with blue Brembo brake callipers.