Maserati GranCabrio Folgore caught undisguised

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The new Maserati Grancabrio has been spotted without any camouflage as it ramps up for a reveal in a matter of months.

The luxury drop-top GT looks to be all but ready for the showroom, appearing completely undisguised on what appears to be a pre-reveal publicity photo shoot. The exhaust pipes and aggressive body styling give this prototype away as the top-rung Trofeo V6 car, but there will be a near-identical pure-electric version, too.

The electric Folgore will be the first electric convertible grand tourer on the market. The convertible version of the reborn Maserati Granturismo will be identical in specification to the coupé according to the Italian firm. This means the Maserati Grancabrio will feature a choice of two V6 options (with 360kW and 405kW) and a Folgore-badged EV with 548kW.

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Range is claimed to stand at around 450km from an 83kWh battery. The Folgore benefits from a total of three electric motors – one at the front, and two mounted to the rear – with all-wheel drive, which will no doubt be put to the test on those ice-covered roads.

Named after the Italian word for ‘thunderbolt’, it will be capable of hitting 0-100km/h in just 2.7sec with more than 1352Nm of torque. Top speed is a claimed 320km/h, while its charge rate is equally impressive, measuring in at a maximum of 270kW.

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Meanwhile, petrol versions are driven by the same Nettuno 3.0-litre V6 seen in Maserati’s flagship, the MC20. Range-topping Trofeo editions are likely to match the MC20’s 0-100km/h sprint of 3.5sec. Spy photographers have also seen this variant testing with a fabric roof, quad exhausts and heavy camouflage.

Last year, Automotive Daily network partner Autocar was told by Massimo Capaldi, Maserati’s head of global products, that the new Grancabrio will offer something “very unique” in its positioning as a convertible GT with four seats and the option of electric power.

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It will be launched and sold alongside an electric version of the new Maserati Grecale SUV. The Italian firm will aim for an entirely electric model range by 2025, introducing electric versions of the Maserati Levante, Maserati Quattroporte and MC20 supercar.

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