The Maserati Alfieri Steals The Show In Geneva
April 30, 2014
The Geneva International Motor Show is all about the glamour from Europe’s most exotic car manufacturers and the 84th show held last month was no exception with media reveals every 30 seconds for two, full days.
However one car was on the top of everyone’s must have list and it was the stunningly gorgeous Maserati Alfieri concept coupé which more than likely will be released as the replacement to the graciously ageing GranTurismo.
The 2+2 coupé was revealed to kick off the Italian company’s centenary and is named after one of the brothers who started the company, Alfieri Maserati. Despite the fact that it is now part of the giant Fiat empire working alongside sister brand Ferrari, Maserati remains a hallowed name in sportscar manufacturing and the company claims that the Alfieri concept shows much of the design DNA that will filter through to future Maserati models.
Based on the existing GranTurismo MC Stradale chassis with a 24cm shorter wheelbase, it uses the familiar 4.7-litre V8 from existing models developing 460bhp but thanks to a special exhaust, when fired up at the show, it produced a breath-taking sound that has become a staple for Maserati driving pleasure.
It features a minimalist interior clad in Poltrana Frau’s finest leather and a clean, ‘floating’ dash console built around a central TUFT screen. Thankfully it has kept the trademark classic chronograph which has been perched in the centre console of nearly every Maserati for well over half a century.
The instrument panel features TFT displays inspired by modern photographic camera menus to indicate kmh and engine rpm. Instead of a rotating indicator, the numbers themselves rotate around the clocks. Current speed and RPM are highlighted by a magnifying glass effect.
AT A GLANCE
Engine: 4.7-litre V8
Trans: 6-speed semi-manual
The instrument panel has a classic layout consisting of two main clocks with two smaller ones in between. The edge of each is embellished with a small “Officine Maserati” label.
In keeping with its fabulous racing heritage, the floor is finished in a material that imitates oxidised steel, a material commonly found on racing cars during the 1950s.
The seat profile inserts, gear lever and clock 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.
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