Alfieri takes Maserati back to its roots

The sleek Maserati Alfieri concept car made a big splash when it was unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. And while there are no guarantees that it will ever go on sale in its current form, the car manufacturer says that the Alfieri, which was designed to celebrate the company’s 100th birthday, “could well be a door to the future of Maserati”.
Here, we take a closer look at the concept car, the final version of which could well give the new Jaguar F-type and the Porsche 911 a run for their money.

Brotherly love

Named after Alfieri Maserati, one of the brothers who founded the company in 1914, the Alfieri is inspired by the 1954 Maserati A6GCS road and race car – but with a very modern twist. Its development process kicked off last summer, with designers asked to start with a blank sheet to create a concept for Maserati’s centenary. “We wanted the Alfieri to test future design paths,” Maserati said. And the car has received a warm welcome from Maserati sports car fans, some of whom were disappointed by the Italian company’s recent focus on saloons such as the Quattroporte and Ghibli models.

Racing certainty

Maserati said: “If the Quattroporte and Ghibli gave the impression that Maserati was becoming oriented towards sporty, upper class, four door saloons, this new concept is striking back and reminding everybody that the brand has a remarkable racing heritage.
“There is no doubt that the Alfieri concept represents the true essence of the Maserati brand.” Getting back to its racing roots does not seem to be the company’s only aim, however. The next car to be added to its current line up will be a brand new SUV!

Classy chassis

Based on the GranTurismo MC Stradale chassis with a 24cm shorter wheelbase, the aggressive yet understated Alfieri has the proportions of a genuine supercar. And it is certainly sexy, with a streamlined style and long, low nose that is topped off with a futuristic, unmistakably Maserati grille and a “steel flair” paint job chosen because it looks like “a metallic veil has been draped over a naked body”. There is also an eye-catching simplicity to the design that includes few decorative elements. And underneath, there’s a 4.7 litre, naturally aspirated, V8 engine that gives the Alfieri real driving force.

Cabin cruise

Inside, the ‘2+2 cabin’ (car manufacturer shorthand for two in the front, two in the back), is also a minimalist merging of future and past. The passenger seats, for example, are inspired by the racing bucket seats of the 1950s, but nevertheless have a modern structure and a futuristic look. And while the main colour scheme is blue and white, Maserati has used copper to highlight the racing lines and finished the floor with a material that imitates the oxidised steel commonly found in racing cars of the 1950s. The 100% handmade interior also has some practical touches, including that the rear seats can be tilted forwards to provide extra luggage space in the admittedly tiny boot.

Concept to completion?

If Maserati decides to push the Alfieri into production, we’ll probably see it on the road in 2016.

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