Despite being first shown to the public at the Geneva Motor Show...ahh, way back in 2014...the Maserati Alfieri looks as if it'll finally get its time to shine in the spotlight.
After being locked away in the dark corners of an Italian factory to make way for the more pressing (and quite high-selling) Levante SUV, among others, Maserati has fished out its long-forgotten concept car for a somewhat now mythical revival.
Of course, little has been confirmed by headquarters regarding the Alfieri, aside from the assurances that it'll be a “characteristically Maserati sports car.” Interestingly, the coupe creation, that somewhat resembles the same teardrop shape as Mercedes' GT, will feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain paired with something that Maserati call an 'E-AWD.' Presumably, this means each will be controlled independently to manage torque vectoring and power.
Petrol heads will have to wait and see what this hybrid system will operate alongside, our suspicions are that it'll be an electronically assisted variant of Maserati's three-litre V6 unit.
What you definitely won't have any cause for concern over is the Alfieri's proposed 0-100 km/h squirt, which Maserati claim will be a face-melting 2 seconds (!!!). Critics may argue that 'performance' has already become a commodity in the EV age, but hey, you'll find no complaints here, and none with the Alfieri's top speed of 300 km/h either.
Don't expect this weapon to be in your local showroom anytime in the next twelve months, however. Aussies might see the Maserati Alfieri towards the latter half of 2020, but we wouldn't advise holding your breath over that, either.