Although it was primarily created to celebrate Maserati’s 100-year heritage, there is a chance the beautiful Alfieri concept will make it into production.
Named for the most prominent of the Maserati brothers who launched the fabled brand in Bologna, Italy, in 1914, this V8-powered, rear-drive, 2+2, hatchback coupe’s most direct inspiration was the Pininfarina-designed A6 GCS-53 of 1954.
Work on the project started in mid-2013, by a team working in the Maserati Centro Stile in Turin under the direction of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles design chief Lorenzo Ramaciotti.
The Alfieri concept is built on the platform of an old-school Maserati, the GranTuriso MC Stradale, shortened by 240mm. It uses the MC Stradale’s non-turbo 4.7-litre V8 and six-speed transaxle gearbox.
“We are evaluating now whether this concept could go into production,” Maserati chief executive Harald Wester told the crowd gathered for the Alfieri’s Geneva reveal.
A Maserati source told Wheels a production version would have to utilise the totally different architecture of the new Ghibli and Quattroporte, their twin-turbocharged V6 and V8 engines, and an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
What are the chances Maserati will put the Alfieri into production? “Around 50/50,” according to a high-ranking FCA source.
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