Maserati is planning a two-pronged sports car attack with the delayed Alfieri 2+2 and the next-generation Gran Turismo expected to arrive by 2018, Drive.com.au reports.
According to Maserati engineer engineer Davide Danesin, the Italian automaker is currently working on the platforms for both the Alfieri, which was delayed last year, and the replacement to the current Gran Turismo.
The Alifieri was previously thought to be the replacement for the Gran Turismo, however it will instead be a smaller vehicle built in the same vein as the Mercedes AMG GT, for example, while the Gran Turismo will remain as the company’s larger GT model.
“With the Alfieri we think we need to make another step on the architecture so we’re going to arrive at another more sporty architecture, with some common basis (with Ghibli) but with development from there,” Danesin said.
“Basically what we need to have is very much lower engine instillation, lower hood… Also what we want to do is move the wheels a little bit outside the cabin, make a longer hood. A more sporty shape, let’s say,” he added.
The next-gen GranTurismo is expected to debut sometime next year, while the production version of the Alfieri will arrive in 2018.