Maserati Alfieri takes on Tesla with speed and style

By Bloomberg News, June 12 2018
Maserati Alfieri takes on Tesla with speed and style

Maserati isn’t even trying to hide its ambitions – it’s out to get Tesla.

Its weapon of choice: the full-electric Alfieri sportscar, with a top speed exceeding 186 miles per hour (about 300 km/h) and an acceleration from zero to 62 mph in less than two seconds.

By comparison, Tesla's Model S P100D in its fastest 'Ludicrous' mode manages that sprint in just over two seconds.

Other Alfieri specs include a transmission supplied by Ferrari NV, an aluminum frame and the option of a coupe or open-top version. The styling is vintage Maserati, with its low-slung concave grill hungry for asphalt.

The price? Maserati didn’t provide details when it presented the latest update at parent Fiat Chrysler’s strategy presentation in Balocco, near Turin. But if you need to ask, you can’t afford one, anyway.

The manufacturer did hint, however, that availability will be on the scarce side, so place your order soon. The car will go on sale by 2022.

"It may look like we are targeting Tesla: we are," Maserati chief Tim Kuniskis said. “We are going to accomplish this by bringing to market something than no one in the industry can match.”

The Alfieri was first shown to the public four years ago as a concept car. Maserati, which is fully controlled by the Italian American carmaker, seeks to double sales to 100,000 cars by 2022.

It’s already branched out into areas like high-charging SUVs, with its Levante model, complementing its range of two-door and four-door sports cars.

04 May 2018

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It has to compete on range too, who needs to do 186mph, the car needs to travel accross Europe on one (or two?) charges.

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01 Mar 2012

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Let us enjoy its beauty without worrying about annoying details such as range. Lack of Reliability and range never stopped Italian car makers in the past :-)

You are of course right to point it out.

02 Nov 2017

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That looks absolutely stunning!

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02 Jul 2011

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It looked good four years ago.

I think Tesla has more to be worried about than this - Maserati isn't exactly mass market.

The Jaguar ipace is a more direct competitor with the Model X

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01 Mar 2012

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Exactly. My neighbours have gone from wanting to buy a Tesla to actively speaking to Jag about purchasing an i-Pace.

Sadly, it is a Maserati and could be fraught with problems

like my Ghibli.

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