Sunday, November 17, 2019

Auto: Maserati Plans Plug-in for the Gran Tursimo

The Zéda’s goodbye to the GranTurismo is only temporary. In announcing the car and its farewell tour, the company also confirmed that the model will be the focal point of its upcoming push into electrification. In fact, the new GranTurismo will be the company’s first all-electric vehicle. While firm scheduling details aren’t yet available, the electric GT and an electrified GranCabrio are expected to debut next year.
In the meantime, Maserati is sending the current GranTurismo off in style. While the Pininfarina design still holds up more than 12 years after its debut, the Zéda, which is powered by a 4.7-liter Ferrari-derived V8 engine capable of delivering 460 hp, features a wild paint scheme that really makes it pop. From rear to the front, the color mutates from a subtle satin to gun charcoal before changing into a bold metallic indigo blue. The automaker has described the finish as “electric” and called it a sign of things to come.
The one-off Maserati GranTurismo Zéda
The one-off Maserati GranTurismo Zéda 
“The unique model, sporting futuristic exterior shades designed by Centro Stile Maserati, tells the story of the dawn of a new era through colors and materials: GranTurismo Zéda is the bridge which connects the past, the present and the future of the Brand,” the company said in a press release.
Last month, Maserati announced a shift in focus, from stylish sports cars to battery-electric and autonomous vehicles. As part of this move, the company’s Modena plant, where the GranTurismo was originally built, will be retooled to handle the production of fully electric vehicles. Because of this, production of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio will be shifted to the automaker’s Turin plant.

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