Just like the Taylor Swift song, those that choose to buy the gas powered version of the 2024 Maserati GranTurismo Folgore GT may feel like they’re “driving a new Maserati down a dead end street”. Because although Maserati is offering a gas powered version of the GT, gas powered engines are rapidly coming to an end. As automaker after automaker announces their plans to go all-electric, Maserati is no exception. So what do we know about their first offering, the 2024 Maserati GranTurismo Folgore GT EV?
The GranTurismo is just what you would expect from a car that comes in all-electric, as well as a V6 – a hodge podge of sorts. For example, while most electric cars have a front trunk (commonly referred to as a “frunk”) this coupe still has motor components taking up the front end. It’s also a little more elongated, an uncommon feature, since usually the batteries and motors are placed underneath, making the shape boxier.
This leads us to the next logical question; where are the batteries? It turns out they’re laid along the transmission tunnel in a t-shape through the center of the interior. And though we haven’t seen a diagram of the battery placement, it appears they must be sitting next to the passengers, rather than beneath them. They say the center is the safest seat in a vehicle, so who’s to say this is a bad thing? However, some of us may feel a little unnerved.
2024 Maserati GranTurismo Folgore EV Stats
Let’s get right into the stats! This 4 passenger, modern, everyday driver supercar is estimated to put out 750bhp, giving it a 0-60mph time of 2.7 seconds. Like most EVs, it is 4 wheel drive, with 1 engine in front and 2 on the rear. It’s clearly faster off the line than it’s gas counterpart, but about even in lap times. The handling on the electric version is also undoubtedly superior, due to selective power distribution among the 3 engines. A coupé is not designed with 4-wheel drifting in mind, however the GranTurismo does well in lap tests and even includes “drift mode”.
The range is debatable, with Maserati advertising 280mi, and experts countering with about 200mi in the real world. The 93kWh battery is capable of charging to 80% in 10min, given the right charging station.
Starting with the trunk, you’ll see ample space for a coupé, approximately 270L. The inside is also roomy, with secondary passengers seated comfortably. Drive mode, drift mode and torque vectoring can all be accessed on the steering wheel, as well as GT mode (which harnesses 80% power) and Sport mode (100% power). Most other features are available via 2 angled screens, located mid dash.
The Maserati Plan
Like all modern auto manufacturers, Maserati is fighting to advance in the EV world. The GranTurismo is a great start to an ambitious plan, priced at around $250,000. According to Maserati, by 2025 all models will have an electric version and by 2030 gas powered will be phased out.