by Veeno Dewan
High performance Italian car maker, Maserati will bring an ultra-high performance 700-horsepower mid-engined electric-hybrid supercar before 2022, the brand announced during a press conference June 1 outlining FCA’s five-year product plan. The Maserati will have a carbon-fibre chassis, rear wheel drive via a twin-turbo V6 while the front axle will be electrically powered, Performance is aimed at supercar rivals like the Audi R8 and McLaren 570S.
Sister company to Maserati, Alfa Romeo will also revive the GTV nameplate, with a new two0-door Giulia-based sports coupe. That car will have a “perfect 50-50 weight distribution” and a top-line Quadrofoglio trim with 600 horsepower. The company says the entire Alfa Romeo line will be electrified in some way or another by 2022.
Maserati will also launch as new flagship model, the all-electric Alfieri, which will apparently have a top speed of 300 km/h and nail the zero-to-100 km/h sprint in less than two seconds. The car will come available in both coupe and cabriolet variants, and besides the all-electric model will show up with hybrid or plug-in hybrid trim options, too. The automaker plans to launch it under a Maserati Blue sub-brand meant to challenge Tesla. Hybridization will spread to the rest of the Maserati line eventually, with hybrid and autonomous capabilities possible in the Maserati Quattroporte and Levante by 2022 or earlier.
A midsize SUV will join the Maserati line, while all future drivetrains underpinning these Maserati’s, including the hybrids and full-electrics, will be supplied by Ferrari.