• Maserati Just Confirmed a Debut for May 2020 – Is It the new Alfieri Sports Car?

The Alfieri was previously expected for 2020, so this teaser is almost as good as confirmation

A new teaser hints that the Maserati Alfieri will make its debut in May of 2020 – amazing news when you consider the fact that some FCA Companies (like Alfa Romeo) are in turmoil and subject to serious cutbacks. Fortunately, this teaser not only proves that Maserati’s roadmap to 2023 is still intact, but also that the company is right on plan to deliver that “all-new Sportscar” sometime in 2020. Here’s why this teaser is a confirmation that the new Alfieri is finally coming.

Maserati Modena May 2020 Teaser

The teaser you see above yields little in terms of information outside of the fact that a debut will happen in May of 2020 in Modena, Italy.

There are no hidden bits of data, Easter eggs, or anything of that nature. And, in case you’re wondering, “MMXX” is the Roman numeral for 2020, so don’t waste the time Googling it hoping to find something different. Be that as it may, we’re still treating this as confirmation that the Alfieri is coming – here’s why.

Maserati Has Been Planning an “All-New Sportscar” for 2020

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Maserati’s roadmap to 2023 is actually our roadmap to knowing that the Alfieri is the model debuting in May 2020. Looking at the graphic above, you can see that Maserati has plans for an “all-new Sportscar.”

We know it can’t be the new GranTurismo as that’s due in 2020, and the revamped Quattroporte and Levante aren’t due until 2022 and 2023, respectively.

The only other potential model would be the new “D-UV,” but that’s slated for arrival until 2021, and the Alfieri has been in the making since 2014 when the company debuted the Alfieri Concept – yes; it’s really been 5 years.

Logic dictates that the new car coming in 2020 is, indeed, the Maserati Alfieri and, with Maserati still on track now, we can safely assume the Alfieri Cabrio will make it’s debut sometime in the middle of 2021 after the brand launches that new “D-UV.”

What We Know About the 2021 Maserati Alfieri

2021 Maserati Alfieri Debut and on-sale date

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The Alfieri will debut in 2020, but it will be sold as a 2021 model, likely hitting the market in the third quarter of 2020. As far as appearance goes, you can see from the teaser above that it’s going to look a lot like the Alfieri Concept that was shown off in 2014, however, we believe that it will be modernized a bit.

2021 Maserati Alfieri Exterior Appearance

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The same general front end will carry over, including the grille and basic headlight design, but the hood will probably be a little different, and I would definitely expect that headlights to feature more modern LED technology.

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The side profile will represent the biggest change in the transition from concept to production. As you can spot from the teaser in 2018, the same rear quarters and even the same rear fenders will make it, but the shape of the greenhouse will change slightly as will the rear quarter glass.

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I honestly expect the rear end to carry over into production almost unchanged. As you can see from the aforementioned teaser, the roofline from the concept is intact. That means the rear end will be mostly intact, and that’s a good thing. I suspect we’ll see very similar taillights and a near-identical rear fascia too.

2021 Maserati Alfieri Drivetrain and Performance

The 2014 Maserati Concept was Powered by the company’s 4.7-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 that was good for 460 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque – the same engine found in the GranTurismo MC Stradale at the time.
2014 Maserati Alfieri Concept Specifcations
2014 Maserati Alfieri
Engine 4.7-Liter NA V-8
Horsepower 460 HP 
Torque 383 LB-FT
Transmission Six-Speed Auto

It’s possible this engine could make it into the production version of the Alfieri, but I think Maserati has something else in mind.

Right now, the standard GranTurismo – the one that just went out of production – features that very same 4.7-liter V-8, tuned to deliver 454 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to get the GT up to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 185 mph. However, that 4.7-liter is on its last leg and probably won’t see the light of production for the Alfieri.

Instead, Maserati will go with a version of the 3.0-liter that powers both the Levante and the Ghibli.

In the Ghibli, it delivers either 345 horsepower and 369 pound-feet or 404 horsepower and 406 pound-feet in the Ghibli S Q4. The latter is enough to move the Ghibli to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and to a top speed of 175 mph.

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If you look at the more-recent Levante, you’ll find that 3.0-liter V-6 with 350 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque or 430 horsepower and 427 pound-feet of torque in the Levante S. Neither are impressively fast, with the base model hitting 62 mph in six seconds flat and the S hitting the same sprint in 5.2 seconds, but the Levante is also pretty heavy, and the Alfieri may have the advantage of being lighter. Furthermore, there’s a good chance that Maserati can do some serious tuning to make that 3.0-liter V-6 a little more potent. We’re suspecting this will be the case.

Maserati Lineup Performance Specifications
Maserati GranTurismo Maserati Ghibli S Q4 Maserati Levante S
Engine 4.7-Liter V-8 3.0-Liter V-6 3.0-Liter V-6
Transmission Six-Speed Auto Eight-Speed Auto Eight-Speed Auto
Horsepower 454 HP 404 HP 430 HP
Torque 384 LB-FT 406 LB-FT 427 LB-FT
0-60 mph 4.6 Sec 4.7 Sec 5.2 Sec
Top Speed 185 MPH 175 MPH 164 MPH

The Maserati Alfieri Will Be Electrified

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The one thing that we know for sure is that the Alfieri will be electrified. It should be offered as a mild hybrid and as a plug-in model.

So, even if Maserati doesn’t change that 3.0-liter at all, it would take little effort to pump out 50 extra ponies and closer to an extra 100 pound-feet via the hybrid technology.

This could also help improve sprint time and, at least for the plug-in model, it opens the door for all-electric range. I wouldn’t expect much, but the new Alfieri might be good for 20 miles or so of EV range or maybe a little more depending on the size of the battery Maserati goes with.

Final Thoughts

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Maserati’s latest social teaser doesn’t shed a lot of light on anything. But, since we’re able to look at the writing on the wall and everything that has happened over the past 5 years, we can wholeheartedly say that the Alfieri is most likely coming in May of 2020. All we need to figure out now is what it will really look like, what kind of performance it will offer, and just how much this baby will cost.

I’m expecting the 3.0-liter from the Levante to be the main heart of the Alfieri with a hybrid system there to provide the extra boost and give it the sports car performance it’s bound to promise.

I doubt that we’ll hear much more about the Alfieri through the end of this year, but expect at least a few tidbits of information in early-2020 as we lead up to its debut in May.

Robert Moore
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