Maserati Grecale Folgore is an all-electric luxury performance in an SUV body

By | March 16, 2024

  • Maserati’s sporty Grecale Folgore two-row SUV It goes all-electric, making it the third such powertrain available in the SUV, joining gas and hybrid powertrains.

  • It is part of Maserati’s march towards all-electric energy by 2028.

  • The Grecale Folgore arrives in July and costs more than $100,000.

Lightning has struck in Modena.

Maserati has said that by 2025 all its models will be available in a fully electric version, and that the entire Maserati range will run on electricity alone by 2028. First with the Gran Turismo Folgore, and now with the new, sporty and efficient Grecale. The Folgore SUV you see here makes good progress toward that goal.

Folgore means ‘lightning’ in Italian, or more precisely ‘lightning bolt’, a good name for an electric performance SUV.

‘Grecale’ meanwhile is the name for the wind that blows from the northeast, or it simply means ‘Greece’ in Italian, a country located more or less northeast of Italy if you start in Syracuse on the Italian island of Sicily. and aim up and to the right. Maserati likes to use wind names for its models: think of the Ghibli, Bora, Karif, Khamsin and Shamal.

a blue 2025 Maserati Grecale Folgore, parked on a road near a body of water

Grecale Folgore gets a unique aerodynamic exterior for a range of 500 kilometers.Maserati

In this case, the lightning bolt comes from a 105 kWh (96.7 usable) battery located under the Grecale’s floor, powering an electric motor on the front axle and another on the rear axle. Together the engines produce 550 hp and 180 Nm of torque, enough to get you to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 210 km/h, Maserati says.

With a few efficiency improvements over the petrol and hybrid Grecales, the five-passenger Folgore has an all-electric range of 310 miles. If it had more efficient tires it might go further, but Maserati wants it to be a performance SUV, not some kind of giant Fiat 500e.

So the sleek beast rides on carnivorous Pirelli P-Zeros, 255/40s up front and 295/35s at the rear, mounted on 21-inch rims. The exact model of P-Zero is “ELECT”, where the “C” in ELECT is in the shape of an electrical plug. This maintains the delicate balance between performance and efficiency.

While an electric powertrain can be downright quiet, Maserati wants their electric SUV to sound like a performance vehicle, so not only do you get sounds pumped into the cabin, but three speakers push sounds out, and you can’t turn off any of the speakers. away from them. It is true that exterior sounds are required by law to some extent, but Maserati felt it was important to have some sounds to accompany the driving experience at all times.

“This was a discussion within Maserati, there was a discussion,” said Andrea Zizak, director of the engineering car line.

“At first I didn’t believe it, but after a lot of driving I started to believe in this sound,” says Maserati E-Mobility Expert Carlo Lazzaroni. “We want every Maserati to make a sound, that is the Folgore sound. We even think it could be a signature sound for the Maserati of the future. Just like they used to do.”

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Sporty appointments in the Maserati Grecale Folgore.Maserati

Lazzaroni said the mandatory sound could be changed in the future so customers can turn it off. The tones weren’t intrusive, but sometimes you just want the sound of silence.

The Grecale Folgore rides on a modified version of the petrol and hybrid models, but a look at the chassis in front of us certainly looked like a bespoke platform. The bulk of the platform consists of a large rectangular aluminum frame surrounding the large battery, with separate subframes at the front and rear holding the large motors.

Air shocks are placed at all four corners and can be adjusted to four different driving modes: GT, the normal mode for daily driving, Sport, Offroad and Max Range.

Over a few hundred kilometers of Italian two-lane roads along the heel of the trunk, the Grecale felt comfortable to drive. Given more corners than we could find that day, it would probably feel quite sporty for a large SUV.

It’s sportier than the likes of the Q8 e-tron and BMW iX, although only slightly more so, and certainly sportier on winding roads than the Mercedes EQS SUV and Tesla Model X, although they all hold their own in those environments.

And yes, this could even go off-road, although most owners probably won’t go very far with it. I got to try it on a short stretch of off-road, just a flat dirt track around the heel of the boot, and it did fine. Off-road mode raises the ride height 1.4 inches over the standard ‘GT’ mode, the latter being the most comfortable. ‘Sport’ lowers it just over half an inch compared to GT.

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Fully electric Maserati Grecale Folgore.Maserati

But this is still a Maserati, so even in the softest GT mode the ride is firm, perhaps a little too firm for the average buyer. For them, there are plenty of other choices available in luxury SUVs: the BMW iX, Rivian R1S, Audi Q8 e-tron, Mercedes EQS SUV and Tesla Model If comfort and price are priorities, the Cadillac Lyriq and Lexus RZ luxury crossover EVs are similarly sized.

Pricing for the Maserati Grecale Folgore had not yet been announced when we drove, but I was told the price will be well over $100,000 when it arrives in showrooms in July. It’s a good compromise that leans more into the sporty category than its competitors.

Mine did have a few flaws. The navigation system was a bit over-responsive for most of the day and then crashed during my drive. The screen went black, it took a minute to restart, then the brand name “tom tom” appeared for a while.

Engineers went to work on it and it worked fine for the rest of the day, but make sure you hire some full-time Maserati engineers to drive with you if you need NAV (it’ll be fun; the ones I spoke to were charming conversation partners).

Yes, I could do without the performance sound, as subtle as it was. The electric power steering could have been a bit more communicative. And then there’s the six-figure price, but this is a brand that has been in direct competition with Ferrari for half a century or more.

If I get the chance to drive a Ferrari Purosangue, I’ll tell you how it compares to the Grecale Folgore. But don’t forget that the Purosangue costs four times as much.

For now this is one molo benevery sporty entry into a field that continues to grow.

Are you looking for a six-figure electric SUV? Would this do it?

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