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Maserati: Alfieri concept car to be put into production in 2016

16 June, 2014


Maserati will be putting a concept car into production that is likely to be a bit of a rival of the Porsche 911.

The Alfieri concept will be put into production in 2016 with a plan to produce it in both coupe and convertible forms, on rear- and four-wheel drive platforms that will be shared with new Alfa Romeo models.

Unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the Alfieri concept car is all about the company’s sports heritage and the future of Maserati design.

It’s named after Alfieri Maserati, one of the five Maserati brothers, who loved speed and raced cars as a mechanic and from the driver’s seat. The unveiling of the Alfieri concept marked 100 years since Alfieri and brothers Ettore and Ernesto Maserati opened their workshop.

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