Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
Maserati were celebrating their centenary at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, with the stableyard devoted to a shimmering variety of historic and contemporary Masers. Their uniquely liveried MC12 'Cent 100' took the second-fastest time of the weekend up the hill at 45.82 seconds, although my personal favourite of all the trident-badged treats on display was this, the Alfieri.
This is a concept that debuted at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, named for one of the five Maserati brothers who founded the company back in 1914. Its styling is a fusion of classic and progressive, mixing the curvaceous lines of the venerable A6GCS with an aggressively futuristic aesthetic, like a GranTurismo that's been watching a lot of Star Trek. It's a sumptuously trimmed 2+2 coupé with a Ferrari-derived 4.7-litre V8, offering 460bhp. And, brilliantly, they're actually going to build it; production will begin in 2016. Let's hope it looks exactly like it does here - it's staggeringly, astonishingly beautiful, don't you think?
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