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Maserati unveils Alfieri concept at Geneva

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  • Updated: Mar 12, 2014 01:07 IST

The car has been built to celebrate Maserati's centenary. Photo:AFP


The company is celebrating its centenary in style with the Alfieri, a stunning 2+2 GT concept named in honor of Alfieri Maserati, the engineering genius who founded the firm.

It's easy to build a concept car that can wow the crowds and generate excitement. A concept car doesn't have to be road legal, it doesn't have to be built from anything stronger than papier-mâché and it doesn't need an engine.

Its job is to look good and to give a hint at a potential future design direction. However, what makes the Alfieri so promising is that it is a fully-working prototype and one that visually pays homage to a host of glorious historic Maseratis, from the A6 GCS-53 to the 1959 5000 GT and the 1969 Indy and beyond.

It is powered by a 4.7-liter V8. Photo:AFP

Its lines are strong, but uncluttered and the car seems ready to pounce, thanks to 21-inch rear and 20-inch front wheels.

Inside, the minimalism continues. The simple, two-tone floating dashboard is built around a central touchscreen while the floor is finished in a material that looks like oxidized steel, the material of choice for 1950s racecars. There are other metallic highlights, too -- such as the use of milled aluminum for the seat inserts, clock surround and gear lever which have then been hand-finished and anodized in a natural copper hue.

The interior is an exercise in minimalism. Photo:AFP

Under the hood, the Alfieri has a 4.7-liter V8 (without turbo) which delivers its 460bhp to the rear wheels via a six-speed electro-actuated gearbox. With that much power on tap Maserati has also been wise to fit the car with carbon ceramic brakes with Brembo brake calipers.

 

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