The new Maserati GranTurismo is set to launch in 2018 and when it does, it will be more performance oriented and focused than the existing model. Additionally, the GranCabrio will be dropped from the Italian marque’s model range.
Discussing the GranCabrio as well as the next-generation Maserati GranTurismo, the automaker’s chief executive Harald Wester said, “The convertible will be discontinued. The Americans love it, but one major market alone simply does not generate enough volume. The new coupe will be a fully focused driver’s car – nimble, agile, responsive and stuffed with serious V8 power, not to mention a cascade of low-end torque.”
It is certainly likely that the 2018 Maserati GranTurismo will be offered with a selection of different engines with one of them being the firm’s 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 used by the Quattroporte. In top-specification, that engine could be tuned to deliver 560 hp. Elsewhere, Maserati’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 could be offered in tunes ranging from 350 to 520 hp.
Unsurprisingly, the new GranTurismo will be available solely as a rear-wheel drive. That will be despite the fact that it will borrow the platform of the Ghibli and new Quattroporte both of which are available as four-wheel drive models.
Before the 2018 Maserati GranTurismo arrives however, both the Levante SUV and Alfieri sports car will reach the market.
[Via Car Magazine]