If the new Quattroporte and Ghibli confirm Maserati’s credentials in sporty, luxurious four door saloons, the Alfieri concept is there to remind us that the brand has a long tradition in exotic grand tourers. It’s named after Alfieri Maserati, the engineering genius who founded “Officine Alfieri Maserati” in Bologna a century ago. Coincidentally the 1957 2+2 3500GT that saved Maserati in 1957 - and switched the company’s focus from racing cars to grand tourers - was the work of chief engineer Giulio Alfieri. It’s a name with good provenance.
At first sight the Alfieri is inspired by design classics like the A6-GCS-53, with a diminutive cabin set far back behind a long, sensuous bonnet. But the Alfieri is far more than a retro tribute. Although full of fascinating design details like the triple air ducts on the wheel arches and the ‘eyebrow’ on the bi-xenon headlights, the overall effect is clean and uncluttered. Those sweeping, swooping lines and hungry, double-concave grille suggest power and purpose, like the outline of a shark.
Inside it’s the same story. The cockpit is pared back to the essentials: the luxury of simplicity. The floor is finished in a material that suggests oxidized steel, like a racing Maserati of the 1950s. It’s a classic 2+2 design with an open space for luggage behind the rear seat backs. But while simple, it’s not Spartan – Poltrona Frau leather clads the seats, dash and centre console while the interior brightwork is milled from solid aluminium, anodised in a natural copper colour.