Not unlike Aston Martin, Maserati has spent much of its existence teetering between brilliance and bankruptcy. Having forged its reputation by racing in the early days of F1, Maserati produced some of the most glamorous GT cars of the 1960s and 1970s. It struggled in the decades that followed, but has recently gained a fresh lease of life as part of the Stellantis empire. Now the future for Maserati looks bright.
The car that truly signalled Maserati’s comeback is the MC20. Launched in 2020, this mid-engined, carbon-tubbed supercar plays McLaren at its own game. It looks beautiful, drives fluently and was described by Ti co-founder Andrew Frankel as ‘Maserati’s best road car in at least 50 years’. You can read his review below.
More recently, we’ve seen the familiar-looking but entirely new GranTurismo, which is a credible alternative to the Porsche 911 Turbo. And the Grecale – a midsize premium SUV – has arrived to take on the Porsche Macan. Andrew has driven that one, too.
Unlike certain other car companies headquartered near Modena, Maserati has thrown itself headlong into electrification. All its cars will soon be offered in fully electric Folgore (‘lightning’ in English) guise, including the MC20. Would we still prefer a hard-charging V6 to motors and batteries? Probably, but it will be interesting to find out.