After the Levante, our next most anticipated Maserati model is the Alfieri. First debuted as an award-winning concept model at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the Alfieri has captured the imagination of sports car aficionados the world over. Mostly we’re left to imagine what it will be like to drive the new coupe in the wake of a delay announced back in the spring.
But some new musings from Mr. Marchionne himself have given us another idea to chew on: what if an all electric Maserati is in the pipeline?
Fiat Chrysler CEO Proposes Electric Maserati Alfieri
Of all the people to suggest that an EV version of the Alfieri could be workable, the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is one of the last we would expect. Sergio Marchionne has been famously skeptical of electric cars, but maybe it’s just a sign of the times.
Comparisons to Tesla come up whenever anyone mentions electric vehicles, but Marchionne doesn’t shy away from the comparison. In an interview, he said:
“I’ve always thought the economic model that supports Tesla is something that Fiat Chrysler could replicate as we have the brand and the vehicles to do it … I think that to use one of our cars as an experiment in this area is interesting.”
It is interesting, but would FCA really want to experiment with the Maserati Alfieri?
A lot is already riding on the Alfieri. With the GranTurismo taking a production hiatus, it will be the sportiest option available to Maserati enthusiasts. The Alfieri is supposed to go on sale within the year, with a cabriolet version following next year. It features a turbocharged V6 engine and is specced to compete with the Porsche 911 and Jaguar’s F-Type.
Ever-more-stringent regulations are the usual culprit when a manufacturer introduces a hybrid or electric vehicle into its lineup. Competition is another possible drive for building an electric variant of the Alfieri. Marchionne told the press that the earliest it might be built is 2019, which is a year before Porsche’s Mission E is set to go into production.
Marchionne has always been one to speak his mind and tell it like it is. We don’t doubt FCA and Maserati could build an Alfieri EV. It would almost certainly be spectacular. What remains to be seen is if there’s demand for such an experimental model from Maserati fans and owners.
What do our Woodland Hills, California, readers think? Let us know your level of interest in an all-electric Maserati.
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