Maserati has recently announced that their Porsche 911 rival, the Alfieri concept, is to enter into production. The announcement was made by Maserati's chief technology officer, Harold Wester, in Detroit, at Fiat Chrysler HQ.
The concept sports car, which was first shown at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March, is planned to arrive in both coupe and convertible variants. It will share it's rear and four wheel drive platform with a new range of Alfa Romeos.
When it is produced, the Alfieri is to be offered in three guises. These begin with a rear wheel drive entry model powered by a 410 brake horse power V6 engine. Following that is a mid level 450 brake horse power all wheel drive model and a flagship 520 brake horse power V6 all wheel drive model. Maserati purists will be glad to hear that there is no Alfieri diesel planned.
As the Alfieri will be limited to V6 power, that leaves room for a new GranTurismo to replace the current model. It will remain a 2+2 but won't arrive until around 2018, when the sole powertrain, at least initially, will be a 560bhp+ V8. Rear wheel drive will be standard fit when the coupe arrives. As yet, Maserati hasn't confirmed a GranCabrio version.
The company have also been planning their Levante SUV, which is expected to arrive next year and will play a significant part in Maserati's goal to sell 75,000 vehicles a year by 2018, a five fold increase from the 15,400 vehicles sold in 2013.
The Levante will receive the same 560 brake horse power V8 as the GranTurismo, and this will be joined by a 350bhp and a 425bhp petrol V6, as well. In Europe, three diesel V6s will range from 250bhp to 340bhp. Four wheel drive is set to be standard on all Levante models.
Maserati also have plans to expand their Ghibli sports saloon and Quattroporte limousine ranges in their attempt to increase their sales margins.
Prices for the Maserati Alfieri will start at around £70,000 when it arrives in late 2016.