Maserati made quite a buzz with the Alfieri Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and it appears that things are going to be very interesting for the Italian company owned by Fiat-Chrysler. According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne the Alfieri platforms and engines are already available and technically, the production could start in 24-48 months!
"The only thing I can tell you is that it's a beautiful machine," added Marchionne. The official press release said that the Alfieri Concept was designed to show us the upcoming Maseratis.
We also expect the next Granturismo to take lots of styling cues from it. But still, Fiat design chief Lorenzo Ramaciotti wanted to underline what Marchionne said. "We stuck close to reality with this concept," said Ramaciotti. "It's 85 to 90 percent feasible (that we will build it). There's a lead time of 24 months."
Under the hood, the Alfieri Concept carries a 4.7-liter V8 engine built at Ferrari’s Maranello factory. Moreover, the Maserati brand chief Harald Wester said that the Alfieri could be built in Grugliasco, near Turin. Same place where the Maserati Ghibli and the Quattroporte are currently built.
Still, nothing is official and for now, the Maserati Alfieri remains just a concept car that made us drool ever since we saw it!
Maserati took the wraps off the new Alfieri 2+2 concept car at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, as part of the brand’s centenary celebrations. Even though it is a concept that conveys excitement to a new level, the new Alfieri is realistic and is fully functional. Moreover, the new Alfieri hints at the future design direction for the brand.
The stunning Maserati concept is named after one of the Maserati brothers considered as an engineering genius who founded "Officine Alfieri Maserati" in Bologna, Italy. The Alfieri concept was penned by a group of young designers at the Maserati Centro Stile in Turin, under the direction of Marco Tencone as supervised by Lorenzo Ramaciotti.
The unveiling of the new Alfieri comes at a time that Maserati is reestablishing its orientation in terms of design and production. While the new Quattroporte and Ghibli hint at Maserati’s orientation towards sporty four-door saloons, the new Alfieri concept serves as a reminder that Maserati boasts of an impressive racing heritage and a distinct tradition in creating exotic GT cars.
Just by looking at the new Alfieri, it is very apparent that it embodies the brand’s true essence. For instance, its 2+2 configuration laden with Italian styling reminds everybody of the 1957 3500 GT, the 1959 5000 GT and the 1969 Indy. The proportions of the new Alfieri could serve as a blueprint for a future Maserati Gran Sport. Furthermore, the proportions of the new Alfieri strongly indicate what the brand is planning for the near term. As Ramaciotti notes, "Maserati doesn't change. Maserati is always Maserati."