If you thought we were a little smitten with Maserati ’s latest concept, the 2014 Alfier i, you’d be right. We’ve got every finger and toe crossed hopping the automaker pushes the Alfieri into production. But what could be better than a V-8-powered Italian supermodel with looks that kill? A roadster version, of course.
TopSpeed’s rendering genius sketched up this beautiful drop-top Alfieri concept to show what the possibilities might hold. Based on a shortened version of the GranTurismo and using its same 4.7-liter V-8 making 460 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, the Alfieri Roadster makes a perfect competitor to the Jaguar F-Type Roadster .
The Alfieri’s long hood, high rear haunches, and sloping rear deck look perfectly suited for roadster duty. The rear seats of the coupe’s 2+2 design remain and an integrated third brakelight peaks out from just behind them. The rear fascia looks much the same with its huge vents, thin taillights, and dual exhaust pipes. Not much has changed up front with that distinctive Maserati grille and Trident leading the way.
Since we’re already speculating, it’s safe to guess on the top’s construction. It really depends on how Maserati decides to market the Alfieri Roadster (if ever). Will it be more luxury oriented or performance minded? Like the Jaguar F-Type , it could employ a soft top and thereby saving weight and complexity or the Alfieri may use a convertible hard top like the BMW Z4 , cutting down on road noise and adding security. Either way, we’ve got a second Maserati to be wishing for.
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Maserati Alfieri Roadster Rendering
The Alfieri Roadster makes a lot of sense for Maserati. It could be the replacement for the current GranTurismo coupe on which it’s based. Ramicotti, a Maserati executive said at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, “I sincerely can’t say that we’ll see this car in production in two years-time, but I’m certain we’ll see something very similar.”
Whether or not he Alfieri is the GranTurismo’s replacement is yet to be seen, but such strong words from Ram icotti make the Alfieri’s future feel more certain than most concepts’ we usually find at auto shows. Perhaps this is Maserati getting ready to strike on its competition.
The Maserati Alfieri we saw at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is a beast even with its top on. The car is powered by the familiar 4.7-liter V-8 making a healthy 460 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed, electro-actuated gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels. Maserati even benefits from its corporate relations tying it to fellow Italian automaker Ferrari through the recent Fiat-Chrysler deal.