Unlike some other brands, Maserati does not often reveal concept vehicles to the public, so when it does, people around the world take notice. Some of the Maserati concept cars revealed decades ago continue to create buzz with people talking about the beauty of the design, including a uniqueness that holds up to this day. A handful of the most inspiring Maserati concept vehicles include:
Revealed in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Pininfarina, an Italian design house and coach-builder that has had a long partnership with Maserati, the Birdcage 75 is unlike any other Maserati in history. First shown at the 2005 Geneva Auto Show, the vehicle redefined what the future of automobiles might look like with smooth, aerodynamic curves and a massive glass canopy that encases the interior.
The concept is based on the MC12 GT1 carbon-fiber monocoque with throwbacks to the 1960s Birdcage designs that originally put Maserati on the map as a racing company. The Birdcage 75 continues to attract attention with 700-horsepower engine, the same one used in the Ferrari Enzo, and an estimated value over $3 million considering that the design will not be produced commercially. Perhaps Maserati will revisit this design in the decades to come.
The Maserati Boomerang is another example of an incredible concept that still gets attention despite being introduced in 1972. Giorgetto Giugiaro is the man behind this avant-garde creation, which draws inspiration from other luxury brands like Alfa Romeo and Porsche, but with a uniquely Maserati spin. The car is said to have been drawn almost exclusively with the use of a ruler, which points to the sharp, straight lines of the design. While the Boomerang was not the most aerodynamic car offered by Maserati, a 4.7-liter V8 engine still allowed it to achieve top speeds of 180 miles per hour. While the vehicle was never produced for commercial sale, its sharp angles and wedge shapes defined the style of sportscars for the remainder of the 1970s. Recently, the Boomerang sold for nearly $4 million.
When Maserati revealed the first Kubang at the Detroit Auto Show in 2003, the vehicle made a lot of waves. This concept was the precursor to the Levante, a luxury SUV produced by Maserati. At the time, people were shocked to see such a vehicle designed by Maserati, which was known more for racing and sports cars than utility vehicles. However, the design captured the hearts of people around the world, many of whom started to call for production once other luxury SUVs started to enter the market. In 2011, the design was again showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which later led to the release of the Maserati Levante in 2015. The Kubang beautifully translated many traditional Maserati design elements to the SUV format, including a curvaceous tail end and a prominent front grill.
Revealed in 2014, the Alfieri concept is still expected to hit the commercial market even if a date has not yet been set. The Alfieri is intended as a replacement to the GranTurismo, but will bring the Maserati coupe into the future with an all-electric engine.
Maserati is determined to honor its history of performance as it moves into the electric vehicle market. The company reports that the concept car can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in around two seconds, with a top speed above 186 miles per hour. These numbers mean that the Alfieri will be one of the quickest electric vehicles on the road.
According to the brand’s plans, the vehicle will eventually have a convertible sister to the primary coupe design. In addition, there are rumors that the company will offer a plug-in hybrid model to complement the all-electric offering. The name of the car pays homage to the most celebrated of Maserati’s founders.
Carrozzeria Touring relaunched operations in 2006 after 40 years away from design and the first concept was revealed as the Maserati A8 GCS. The car was first introduced at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2008. The A8 GCS is a bit of a throwback to the A6 GCS, a Pininfarina design from 1954, which inspired the GranSport. The final concept was showcased in 2009 with a 4.2-liter V8 engine that produced 385 horsepower.
While the gorgeous modern design with classical elements never became commercially available, it is possible that Touring built some of the cars for their private customers. With a timeless and striking design, it would not be surprising for this vehicle to come up in future model planning conversations at Maserati.