The 750-hp GranTurismo Folgore is Maserati’s first electric vehicle

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The 750-hp GranTurismo Folgore is Maserati's first electric vehicle
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Along with the new combustion engine Modena and Trofeo variants, Maserati on Monday launched the all-new GranTurismo Folgore, the first all-electric model in the brand’s history. The EV GT is, in many ways, the flagship specification of the GranTurismo and the best blend of performance and luxury, offering the quickest acceleration and the quietest cabin.

Visually, the Folgore is nearly identical to the Modena and Trofeo models. There are Folgore badging on the front fenders which also feature unique LED-lit triple vents. Take a closer look at the spy-reshaped front grilles and an exhaustless rear diffuser that help reduce drag. The Folgore’s unique Aero wheels also cut through the air better than combustion model designs. (The wheels are still offset with 295/30ZR21 rear tires and the 265/35ZR20 front tires have a slightly higher sidewall.) With active grille shutters and lowered turbulence-reducing air suspension at high speeds, the Folgore is even more slippery than the Modena with a drag coefficient of 0.26 versus 0.28.

The Folgore also removes the circular fuel filler door from the driver’s side rear fender – as there is no gas tank – replacing it with a larger door just below the taillight on the fender. rear shocks that hides the CCS charging port.

Folgore, fully electric

The heart of the Folgore’s 800-volt electrical architecture is the 92.5 kWh (83.0 kWh usable) battery, most of which is nestled in a central tunnel rather than flat under the floor and seats. This “T-bone” configuration keeps the passenger’s hip point low and the overall coupe silhouette sleek. At 53.2 inches tall, the Folgore is the same height as the GranTurismo Modena.

The Folgore uses three 300kW motors – one shared by the front wheels and two on the rear axle which provide torque vectoring. The vaunted early previews”more than 1,200 horsepower“, which Maserati representatives confirm the engines are theoretically capable of achieving. However, the battery discharge capacity of around 560 kW limits continuous power to around 750 hp and 996 lb-ft of torque, which which is still impressive power. Great enough to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 2.7 seconds, 200 km/h in 8.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 300 km/h, faster than the GranTurismo Trofeo with identical top speed.

The Italian automaker has not released a range estimate for its electric grand tourer. I’m told it’ll boast well over 200 miles per charge, but Maserati also told me that its focus for the Folgore is on “uncompromising performance,” not top-end range. So expect numbers closer to those of The Porsche Taycannot one EPA estimate surpassing Tesla.

The electrical system can receive up to 270 kW on a DC fast charging station, quickly adding around 60 miles of range in just 5 minutes. The battery can also charge to 22kW on a Level 2 AC station. Expect more detailed charging estimates closer to launch.

To get the most out of the range, several levels of regenerative braking are selectable via the Folgore’s standard paddle shifters or via touchscreen control. Like the petrol variants, the EV’s steering wheel has an on/off button and a drive mode selector built into its hub. Drivers can choose between the default GT mode which limits power to 80 per cent, Max Range mode which limits acceleration and top speed to 81 mph, Sport or Corsa. Here, Corsa mode offers Max Boost and Endurance sub-settings – the former is a sort of qualifying mode that leaves nothing on the table, while the latter manages thermal performance for extended trail sessions.

Maserati Granturismo Folgore, Rear View

From the rear, you can see the Folgore’s lack of exhaust tips and the larger charger door just below the taillight.

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Maserati Smart Assistant

The same Maserati Intelligent Assistant infotainment suite can be found on the dashboard of all three GranTurismo specs. All feature a trio of screens – including a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a matching 12.3-inch main infotainment screen and a smaller 8-inch secondary touchscreen – and are powered by Maserati Connect for integration with Amazon Alexa, Tidal music streaming and more.

The Folgore’s system has a few bespoke features that make the electrical life a little easier. Navigation software integrates with battery management systems, triggering thermal preconditioning of the battery when en route to a DC charging point to enable faster, more consistent charging. Routes to destinations are calculated based on battery status and predicted consumption, while the map displays a dynamic range overlay of maximum cruising distance in real time. Cab air conditioning systems can also operate when the Folgore is parked and unoccupied, allowing preconditioning when plugged in, saving energy on the road.

The GranTurismo Folgore will launch alongside the Modena and Trofeo in early 2023. We hope to hear more about the lineup and pricing closer to that launch window. The Folgore is the first of what will be a wave of expected electric models from the brand, the next being the Grecale Folgore SUV. By 2025, Maserati plans to offer a battery-electric variant for every model in its range before moving to a fully electric range in 2030.

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