Though the Maserati Alfieri seems to have been shelved for the time being by Maserati in favor of their more widely appealing and marketable Levante (and possibly other types of SUVs), it still draws intense attention from car enthusiasts of all types, and for good reason. It looks to be a high-powered, finely designed car that seeks to break away from the current high-performance auto industry’s aesthetic, especially that of German manufacturers. The current CEO of Maserati has even been quoted as stating that the traditional designs of German automakers are “boring”, so it’s safe to say that Maserati as a company wants to inject new life into the industry, and nowhere is that more apparent than the Alfieri.
To start with, the Maserati Alfieri has a significantly cut away rear along with a grille that is designed and built to appear as if it floats above the ground. This is a conscious choice on the part of the designers of the car, again contrasting with the norm for German cars. To put it simply, where German carmakers typically don’t care if their cars look heavier (or aim for the heavy, muscle-car look that many car aficionados seek out), Italian design philosophy focuses on making cars that appear lighter than they are. Playing around with the shape of the car in order to make it look and feel more “athletic” than “muscular” was reportedly a major factor in the making of the Alfieri.
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