2024 Maserati Grecale Folgore SUV makes for a more mainstream EV

By | March 17, 2024

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Maserati first joined the electric vehicle revolution with the GranTurismo Folgore, the reborn GT supplemented with elements from the automaker’s Formula E racing program. The wishlist specs on the data sheet include: a dog bone-shaped battery for the lowest possible center of gravity, three motors revving to 17,500 rpm, silicon carbide inverters, 60 mph in a claimed 2.7 seconds, and a 202-mph top speed. And while it makes do with 818 horsepower, it’s poised to deliver up to 1,206 horses (it already produces 995 pound-feet of torque) once more robust, powerful batteries become available.

Maserati’s Grecale compact SUV, on the other hand, is marketed with the slogan ‘everyday exceptional’. Whether it’s powered by an internal combustion engine or, in this case, a battery-electric drivetrain in Grecale Folgore trim, that “everyday” suggests a price closer to a main course than the five-star Modenese treat of the GranTurismo Folgore.

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EV stats from Grecale Folgore

For the Grecale Folgore, engineers reworked the floor plan to accommodate a skateboard-style battery. The package consists of 33 modules, 29 of which are arranged in a flat rectangle, and four on a higher level, hidden behind the rear seat. Knowing that the EV’s interior dimensions had to match those of the gasoline-powered SUV while maintaining aerodynamic efficiency, engineers lowered the floor instead of raising it. The ICE Grecale’s ground clearance of 8.3 inches becomes 6.7 inches in the Folgore, and the Folgore’s roof is a third of an inch closer to the ground.

The reworked ingredients of the Grecale Folgore compared to the GranTurismo start with the battery. While the high-performance coupe’s 83.0 kWh pack gets LG lithium-ion cells powering an 800-volt architecture, the Grecale Folgore’s 96.0 kWh pack is powered by CATL lithium-ion cells powering a 400-volt architecture. electrify architecture. The GranTurismo’s three engines were built by Marelli Motori to a Maserati design; The Grecale’s two motors come from Jing-Jin Electric (JJE). They run considerably slower than the GranTurismo, and you won’t find any fancy silicon carbide in the inverters. Together, the two engines produce 550 horsepower and 605 pound-feet of torque, evenly distributed between the front and rear axles.

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Maserati estimates the maximum European WLTP range at 500 kilometers. Peak DC fast charging of 150 kilowatts fills the package from 20 to 80 percent in 29 minutes. The 22.0 kW on-board charger, connected to the most powerful Level 2 socket, restores a range of 100 kilometers (62 miles) in one hour.

According to Maserati, acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h takes 4.1 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 210 km/h. However, you will only benefit from the best performance or range if you choose the right options.

The Grecale Folgore is offered in a single trim, which leaves out the GT, Modena and Trofeo divisions of the ICE model. Maximum range requires the 19-inch wheels, but the US doesn’t get them; we are limited to 20- or 21-inch wheels on Pirelli Scorpion Zero all-season or Pirelli P Zero Elect summer tires. The 21-inchers, with a slightly more graceful, less aerodynamic design, drop the range to an estimated WLTP range of 425 kilometers; the 20-inchers will fall between that and 311 miles. Maserati said the range between the 19- and 20-inchers would be shorter than the 19- to 21-inch delta, due to the identical design of the smaller wheels. We estimate that the EPA numbers come in at 255 miles for the 20s and 225 miles for the 21s.

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Of the four driving modes (Offroad, Max Range, GT and Sport), only Sport unleashes the Grecale’s full power, with the circular thrust gauge on the left side of the digital dashboard running at 100 percent. In GT (the default setting), only 80 percent of the horsepower reaches the axles. In the maximum range this is 75 percent and drops to 50 percent when the power limiter is activated.

Changes from the gas-powered Grecale

Apart from the drivetrain, the rest is basically the ICE-powered Grecale we’ve known since last year. The Folgore hardly deviates from the muted, muscular appearance of the ICE version. The Grecale’s regular grille has vertical slats, while the Folgore gets slim oval cutouts instead. Solid panels outlined with body-colored brackets replace the front air intakes of the standard model. And of course the Folgore has no exhaust pipes; The inserts in the rear diffuser hide two speakers that create the obligatory sounds to warn pedestrians of an approaching electric car.

Inside, the EV’s interior design and dimensions copy those of its ICE sibling. Instead of controlling a gearbox, the steering wheel-mounted paddles control four regeneration phases (coasting, brake feel on the combustion engine, 0.14 g recuperation and 0.21 g recuperation). The infotainment system adds a folio of EV-specific pages. Econyl, a recycled nylon made from fishing nets, provides the seat center material for the Folgore’s standard seats, trimmed with Feeltek faux leather. The fabric is decorated with patterns inspired by the Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi, although the seats can be ordered entirely in cowhide leather, to match the dashboard, which is always covered with stitched hides.

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Pricing for the electric Grecale is expected to be just over $100,000; the petrol version starts at $69,995.

Riding the Grecale Folgore

When you press it to perform, the Folgore hits high notes, like the Grecale Trofeo, and in some ways higher notes too. The Trofeo’s 523 horsepower and 457 pound-feet stalk the Folgore’s performance, the EV’s extra guts needed to move its extra weight; The Folgore’s 1490-pound battery pushes the curb weight to a claimed 5467 pounds, or according to Maserati’s scales, about 1000 pounds more than the Grecale Trofeo.

As we’ve seen with other SUVs, the witchcraft of modern suspension tuning, regardless of their power source, negates the trend toward portlines. The steering feels less jerky than that of the Trofeo, the low mass is a natural damper against minor road imperfections, the standard air springs and adaptive dampers are more than up to the challenge of moving large amounts of weight smoothly. Only sharp bumps and potholes disturbed the ride on 21-inch wheels.

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The Trofeo takes 3.8 seconds to reach 100 km/h, compared to 4.1 seconds for the Folgore. Even at the 75 percent power setting of the Max Range, the Folgore provides convincing acceleration. In GT or Sport, passengers must hold objects in the cabin that they do not want to fly into the rear window.

During a 190km tour of Italy’s Puglia region, the only sour note from the Folgore was the noise it produced in the sport. In the other modes, the synthesized sounds are muted, to be harmless in the city, and are overwhelmed by road noise at highway speed. The more emphatic composition in Sport, said to be three decibels louder, occasionally lacks harmony when accelerating and decelerating, then hovers on the cusp of droning when cruising. The sound can be turned down, but not turned off. It’s possible that a future over-the-air update could overhaul the soundtrack or allow for complete closure. We already have a hand up for a quiet interior option.

Furthermore, the Folgore is pleasantly quiet, thanks to measures such as double insulation layers on noise-producing electric motor parts and acoustically laminated windows. And the Pirelli P Zero tires barely registered a whisper in the cabin, a boon compared to the Trofeo’s Bridgestone Potenza Sport summer tires, which can’t help but cause a stir on all but the friendliest pavement.

Maserati does not want to characterize the Grecale Folgore as an electric version of the Grecale Trofeo with a twin-turbo V-6. But we’re reminded of that old saw over what looks like a duck… the Folgore may not quack like its Trofeo cousin, but for all intents and purposes the Grecale Folgore is the same thrilling ride. And many real ducks, such as the Muscovy and Cayuga, don’t really quack either.

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