Harry Leahey

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Maserati has unveiled its first fully electric car with its second-generation Granturismo. 

Dubbed the Granturismo Folgore (Italian for lightning), it comes equipped with a 92.5kWh (83kWh usable) battery, which the company claims can deliver a range of up to 279 miles. 

Thanks to the car’s 800-volt architecture, Maserati says the Folgore variant can support fast charging up to 270kW - meaning an extra 62 miles in just five minutes. 

It produces up to 745bhp and 997lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the ground via an all-wheel drive powertrain. 

The exterior is made out of lightweight aluminium and magnesium, with the car weighing in at 2,260kg. As a result, Maserati’s claiming a 0-62mph time of just 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 198mph. 

This weight is claimed to be evenly distributed between the front and rear thanks to the battery being t-shaped. Meanwhile, the car’s chassis is said to be the lowest of any other EV currently on the market, which provides a low centre of gravity. 

Pictures of the interior have not been released yet, but leaked images show a similar design to the Grecale SUV’s, with large paddle shifters, a spacious infotainment display and a digital instrument cluster. 

To compensate for the lack of ICE noise, Maserati says it’s developing a unique engine sound, which will come from an internal and external speaker system. 

As well as an all-electric model, there’s also a petrol-powered V6 version which comes in two trim levels: Modena and Trofeo. 

The Grandturismo Modena uses the same Nettuno engine as the company's MC20 supercar, though has been detuned to 489bhp and 443Ib ft of torque. It does 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds, while its top speed maxes out at 187mph. 

The more powerful Trofeo model makes 550bhp - 71 less than the MC20 and 479lb-ft torque. This takes four tenths off the Modena’s 0-60mph time, bringing it down to 3.5 seconds. However, the top speed has been raised to 205mph as a result.

There are four driving modes: Comfort, GT, Sport and Corsa - the sportist, track-focused setting. The Folgore has an additional Max Range mode, which reduces the top speed to 80mph, while the four levels of regenerative braking also help to boost range. 

For the all-electric Falgore version, pricing has not been confirmed, but is expected to go on sale next year from around £200,000. This would make it considerably more expensive than rivals such as the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, which starts from £144,000, and the Audi e-tron RS, which starts from £115,235. Instead, the Falgore is priced towards Ferrari territory, which currently doesn’t make a comparative all-electric coupe to rival it. 

Meanwhile, the V6 versions are expected to cost from around £150,000 next year, putting them directly against V8 rivals, such as the Ferrari Roma, Aston Martin Vantage and McLaren GT.

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Harry Leahey 29/12/22