Maserati Unleashes MC20 and EV Power in New GranTurismo
Maserati’s a strange beast for Americans. It’s not quite as well-known as Ferrari, and when most people want to buy a high-powered Euro sports sedan or coupe, they head to BMW, Audi, or Mercedes. The brand is expanding, though, with vehicles in new segments, such as the Grecale compact SUV and MC20 supercar. One of its long-running models got a significant overhaul for 2023, which brought a more powerful twin-turbo V6 and an electric powertrain to the GranTurismo for the first time.
The 2023 GranTurismo comes in three trims: Modena, Trofeo, and Folgore. Maserati modified the powertrain from its new halo car, the MC20, for the new model. In the Modena trim, the engine makes 490 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, but the top gas-powered Trofeo trim gets a version making 550 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels – a GranTurismo first.
Though it’s a grand tourer and not a ferocious supercar, the GranTurismo is quicker than anyone needs. The Modena trim clocks a 3.9-second run to 62 mph from a standstill, and the Trofeo does it in just 3.5 seconds. Impressive, yes, but not everyone is ready to sign up for a new gas car right now.
For those people, Maserati offers the GranTurismo Fulgore, a fully electric GT car with 751 horsepower and 996 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers wouldn’t look terribly out of place on a heavy-duty pickup truck meant for towing, but here they help the GranTurismo deliver a 2.7-second 0-62 mph time. The almost 5,000-pound car features unique battery placement, with the unit installed in the transmission tunnel and trunk.
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