Geneva: Maserati Alfieri Concept draws from the brand’s past, looks to its future

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Maserati Alfieri concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

We may be just as (if not more) used to the idea of Maserati making four-door passenger cars as we are of Porsche or Aston Martin doing the same, but the Trident marque is no less routed in producing sports cars than its German and British rivals. The trouble is that, now seven years on the market, the GranTurismo is Maserati’s only two-door model, and it’s growing a little long in the tooth to serve as the brand’s halo car. Especially when it starts looking back at its history on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. So to mark the milestone, and reconnect with its more sporting past, Maserati has rolled in to Geneva with the concept car you see here.

It’s called the Alfieri, and we’ve been anticipating its unveiling since (if not long before) rumors surfaced last week of its impending arrival, followed by confirmation from the manufacturer and the leaked images we brought you mere hours ago. But now it’s been unveiled in the metal.

The Alfieri’s wheelbase is 9.5 shorter than the GranTurismo, but packs the same 4.7-liter naturally-aspirated V8.

Opening “a door to the future of Maserati”, the Alfieri is, for the time being, a concept car. It takes the form of a slick 2+2 that’s “sportier in character than the GranTurismo,” which itself was always more of a boulevard cruiser than an all-out performance machine… even in MC Stradale guise. Its wheelbase is 9.5 inches shorter than the GranTurismo, but packs the same 4.7-liter naturally-aspirated V8 (not one of the newer turbocharged units) driving 460 horsepower through a six-speed sequential gearbox kept in check by carbon-ceramic rotors with Brembo calipers.

Inspiration for the design penned (or at least supervised) by Lorenzo Ramaciotti – who, as chief designer first for Pininfarina and then now the Fiat Group, was responsible for designing the Quattroporte and Birdcage (not to mention countless Ferraris and Alfa Romeos) – was drawn from the classic 1954 Maserati A6 GCS-53 but updated with some clearly modern accents like bi-xenon/LED headlamps, 21-inch wheels and liquid-metal finish. Modernity caries through to the minimalistic cabin with its TFT central and instrument displays. Poltrona Frau provided the aniline leather, offset by copper-tone billet aluminum trim.

Maserati has also unveiled the production Ermenegildo Zegna edition Quattroporte here in Geneva, but tailored suits aside, it’s the Alfieri that has us most excited about the next hundred years of Maserati history ahead – especially if they put this concept into production.

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