Over the years, this series has explored the weird and the wonderful, and while we've seen our fair share of ludicrous ideas, we occasionally happen upon genuine works of art. A perfect example of this is the Maserati Alfieri concept, unveiled earlier this month at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
Designed for the Italian manufacturer’s centennial, the 2+2 seat Alfieri bears the name of the most prominent of the make’s founding brothers. A technical and engineering mastermind, Alfieri was responsible for the original Officine Alfieri Maserati workshop founded in Bologna in 1914. A century later, Maserati is a full-range luxury manufacturer producing high-end sedans such as the Quattroporte as well as performance models such as the GranCabrio. Between these, the Alfieri concept stands as a testament to the company’s noted past as well as its future aspirations.
If last year’s introduction of a new Quattro and the Ghibli gave the company a more sedan-focused image, then the Alfieri brought it back in line with its racing heritage. The car sits on the GranTurismo MC Stradale’s chassis, only 9.4 inches shorter, giving it a similar size to our Playboy Car of the Year, the Jaguar F-Type.
Under the sleek, sculpted hood lies a naturally aspirated 4.7-liter V8 engine developed in Maranello. If given the leeway, this powertrain will give you a substantial 460 horses of power and 383.5 pound-feet of torque to work with. The car has been given a unique exhaust layout compared to its siblings, resulting in a throaty growl as you shift through the six-speed electro-actuated gearbox. It’s definitely hair-raising (listen on the video below), so we can only imagine what it might sound like cruising around Lake Como.
As great as the specs look on paper, the vehicle’s true beauty comes from the elaborate Turin-built bodywork inspired by the legendary Maserati A6 GCS-53, built in conjunction with the Pininfarina back in 1954. Instead of replicating the inverted A pillars of the former, the car recreates the optical lines through a sculpted buffer that starts from the front-center of the hood and cuts diagonally to a fading point at the door line.
Overall, the concept is powerful yet understated. Combined with its liquid metal hue, the Alfieri’s elegant shape takes on a refined, contemporary look.
Maserati haven’t hinted whether or not they would consider putting the car into production. But considering the appeal of this vehicle, its great design and its reasonable motor size, Maserati could be looking at a lucrative opportunity with the Alfieri. What’s not to love?
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