Maserati has unveiled the Alfieri, a new 2+2 concept car designed to celebrate the brand’s centenary. The Italian carmaker says the design study is a realistic and 100% functional prototype that could well see production in the near future.
Bearing the name of Alfieri, the most prominent of the Maserati brothers and the founder of “Officine Alfieri Maserati” in Bologna a century ago, the vehicle was created at the Maserati Centro Stile in Turin by a team of young designers working under the direction of Marco Tencone, who, in turn, was overseen by Fiat Group design boss, Lorenzo Ramaciotti.
A car from the past, namely the Maserati A6 GCS-53, which was designed by Pininfarina back in 1954, is said to have served as a source of inspiration for the designers. It was also the last car that Pininfarina designed on a Maserati model before making a comeback in the first decade of the 21st century with the Quattroporte and the GranTurismo.
According to Ramaciotti, “the Alfieri is a transition point between 100 glorious years of history and the future that is opening up before us. I can’t honestly say that we’ll see this car in production in the next two years, but I’m certain we’ll see something very similar.”
Based on the GranTurismo MC Stradale chassis with a 24 cm shorter wheelbase, the Alfieri measures 4,590 mm long with a 2,700 mm wheelbase, 1,930 mm wide and 1,280 mm tall.
Sitting on 21″ rear and 20″ front wheels, the car’s exterior body features a long, low nose that is a stylistic evolution from contemporary Maserati models, while the grille is divided vertically into two concave sections with the lights being connected by a clear decorative line with a stylistic element in the centre.
At the back, the tail lights are more three dimensional, with red external elements and white elements in the centre. Partially integrated into the air ducts, their shape follows the rear shoulder of the car.
On the inside, the designers say the suspended dashboard is conceptually inspired by that of the Maserati 5000 GT, adopting a two-tone design built around a central TFT screen.
Details such as 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. All other aluminium components, including the pedals, gearbox paddles and steering wheel spokes are also hand finished and anodised in a palladium colour.
Combining semi-integrated headrests with an arched profile that serves as an structural element, the passenger seats, meanwhile, have been inspired by the racing bucket seats of the 1950s. A further touch of retro-racing spirit is the floor that is finished in a material that imitates oxidised steel, a material commonly found on racing cars of the mid-twentieth century.
Under the body lies the transaxle platform of the Maserati GranTurismo. Mated to a A six-speed, electro-actuated gearbox, the 4.7 litre V8 engine develops 460 bhp at 7,000 rpm and 384 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm.