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Electric convertibles are a market that few automakers have really considered, but that should change in the near future when more luxury automakers enter the fray. But before that happens, Maserati is coming early to the game with a stunning entry called the GranCabrio Folgore. Unsurprisingly, it will serve as an open-air counterpart to the GranTurismo Folgore coupe. Aside from its electric powertrain underneath, the Folgore is no different from the existing V6-powered GranCabrio, though despite the lack of noise, it makes a lot more power.




While we've gotten a look at the numbers before with the GranTurismo Folgore, they remain nothing short of astonishing. Hiding beneath the GranCabrio's flawless sheetmetal is a set of three motors––two of which are mounted in the rear, while the third resides in front. Each motor supports up to 300 kW of power, which would translate to an astounding combined output of 1,207 hp in theory, but that is unfortunately not the case. You can blame the battery, which just couldn't handle the task of providing all of that power to the motors, but 751 hp is nothing to complain about either. In "MaxBoost" mode, the GranCabrio Folgore can deliver an even more impressive 818 hp in short bursts.


While the batteries are the culprit for the loss in power, you can thank them for preserving the stunning shape of this GranCabrio Folgore, as it is nearly identical to the gas-powered model. The floor-mounted lithium-ion pack takes the form of a "T" shape, which allows it to stay thin and discreet. Total capacity for this battery is 92.5 kWh, but Maserati has limited it to 83 kWh to improve its longevity. Charging is supported up to 270 kW, which allows the convertible to juice up from 20 to 80 percent in about 18 minutes under ideal conditions. Maserati has also added what it calls an onboard "DC Booster," which is essentially a DC-DC converter that can be hooked up to more outdated charging stations, cranking things up enough to take advantage of the GranCabrio Folgore's generous 800-volt architecture. That's not to say it won't be slow, as charging for this system is limited to a molasses-like 50 kW.



Elsewhere, Maserati's electric convertible includes paddles to control regen levels, along with tips for the driver on when to activate regen braking or coast to improve range. It's worth noting that the regen braking system can gain up to 400 kW temporarily, and range stands at around 278 miles on the European WLTP cycle. EPA ratings have yet to be revealed.


The rest of the car packs the same luxuries you'd find in the GranTurismo Folgore coupe, though others are exclusive to the GranCabrio. That would include headrest-mounted heaters to warm up each passenger's neck on chilly evening cruises, along with a solid sound system packing up to 16 speakers.


Pricing for the GranCabrio Folgore hasn't been announced yet, nor do we know when it will be released. However, considering the GranTurismo Folgore starts at well over $200,000, don't expect this thing to come cheap.



Image Credits: Maserati
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2024 Maserati GranCabrio Folgore Heats Up EV Droptop Game With 818 HP

This new battery-powered machine from Maserati has three motors and some handsome metal.

Electric convertibles are a market that few automakers have really considered, but that should change in the near future when more luxury automakers enter the fray. But before that happens, Maserati is coming early to the game with a stunning entry called the GranCabrio Folgore. Unsurprisingly, it will serve as an open-air counterpart to the GranTurismo Folgore coupe. Aside from its electric powertrain underneath, the Folgore is no different from the existing V6-powered GranCabrio, though despite the lack of noise, it makes a lot more power.




While we've gotten a look at the numbers before with the GranTurismo Folgore, they remain nothing short of astonishing. Hiding beneath the GranCabrio's flawless sheetmetal is a set of three motors––two of which are mounted in the rear, while the third resides in front. Each motor supports up to 300 kW of power, which would translate to an astounding combined output of 1,207 hp in theory, but that is unfortunately not the case. You can blame the battery, which just couldn't handle the task of providing all of that power to the motors, but 751 hp is nothing to complain about either. In "MaxBoost" mode, the GranCabrio Folgore can deliver an even more impressive 818 hp in short bursts.


While the batteries are the culprit for the loss in power, you can thank them for preserving the stunning shape of this GranCabrio Folgore, as it is nearly identical to the gas-powered model. The floor-mounted lithium-ion pack takes the form of a "T" shape, which allows it to stay thin and discreet. Total capacity for this battery is 92.5 kWh, but Maserati has limited it to 83 kWh to improve its longevity. Charging is supported up to 270 kW, which allows the convertible to juice up from 20 to 80 percent in about 18 minutes under ideal conditions. Maserati has also added what it calls an onboard "DC Booster," which is essentially a DC-DC converter that can be hooked up to more outdated charging stations, cranking things up enough to take advantage of the GranCabrio Folgore's generous 800-volt architecture. That's not to say it won't be slow, as charging for this system is limited to a molasses-like 50 kW.



Elsewhere, Maserati's electric convertible includes paddles to control regen levels, along with tips for the driver on when to activate regen braking or coast to improve range. It's worth noting that the regen braking system can gain up to 400 kW temporarily, and range stands at around 278 miles on the European WLTP cycle. EPA ratings have yet to be revealed.


The rest of the car packs the same luxuries you'd find in the GranTurismo Folgore coupe, though others are exclusive to the GranCabrio. That would include headrest-mounted heaters to warm up each passenger's neck on chilly evening cruises, along with a solid sound system packing up to 16 speakers.


Pricing for the GranCabrio Folgore hasn't been announced yet, nor do we know when it will be released. However, considering the GranTurismo Folgore starts at well over $200,000, don't expect this thing to come cheap.



Image Credits: Maserati

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