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Maserati Alfieri Concept Coupe's Design Explained

Any new Italian coupe is big news around the office, double so if it's a Maserati. You see, even though Fiat has muffled the brand in order to have a premium nameplate, we still remember the days when tridents were as cool if not cooler than prancing horses.
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The next video tells the story of the Alfieri concept, named after the company founder, and how it came to be. Apparently, inspiration for the car came from the A6 series, more specifically the A6GCS/54 made by Pininfarina. But that's just the spirit of the design, the rest of it being fleshed out by more recent language seen on the Quattroporte and Ghibli.

Potentially previewing the next generation of GranTurismo coupe, the Alfieri concept was revealed two weeks ago at the Geneva Motor Show. It's been suggested that everything about is production ready, from the engines to the platform use.

At a glance, the Alfieri looks a lot like the Ghibli. But look more closely and you notice the grille sits lower down and is deeper for a 3D effect. The wings over the wheels also have raised shoulders, a bit like on the 911.

It's always interesting to see Italian designers at work. They have a totally different to their German counterparts, cutting and drawing with more confidence and never worrying about what their existing clients think. Just like fashion designers, they take inspiration from the past, but never try to reinterpret last season's collection and sell it off as new.

So what and when can we expect a production version of this stunner? The GranTurismo was launched back in 2007, so a replacement is expected in 2016. The concept is rumored to be built using the Ghibli’s platform and may have a turbo V6 underhood. If that's the case, than expect output to be somewhere in the region of 400 hp. But, if Maserati can make anything that looks 90% as good as Alfieri, we'd buy it even if it's slow and doesn't handle. It's just that special!

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