Maserati could add Alfieri coupe within two years

Fiat says the Maserati Alfieri concept, shown in Geneva, would need little change if produced.
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GENEVA -- Maserati could begin production of the Alfieri coupe within two years, shortly after the brand launches the Levante SUV in 2015.

The Alfieri would be a rival to the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Jaguar F-Type.

"The [Alfieri] platforms and engines are there, technically production could start in 24-28 months," Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said on Wednesday.

But Marchionne would not be pinned down definitively on whether or not the carmaker plans to build the Alfieri, which debuted as a concept at the auto show here.

"The only thing I can tell you is that it's a beautiful machine," Marchionne told Automotive News Europe.

Fiat design chief Lorenzo Ramaciotti said the car could move into production quickly. "We stuck close to reality with this concept," said Ramaciotti. "It's 85 to 90 percent feasible (that we will build it). There's a lead time of 24 months."

The concept has a V-8 4.7-liter engine made at the Maranello factory of Maserati's sister brand, Ferrari.

Maserati brand chief Harald Wester said the Alfieri could be built in Grugliasco, near Turin, where the Maserati Ghibli and the Quattroporte are currently built

At 4.59 meters, the Alfieri is a little smaller than the sporty Gran Turismo already part of Maserati's lineup.

Meanwhile, Maserati's model build-out continues apace. The first bodies of the Levante are expected to be produced at Fiat's Mirafiori plant in 2015, Marchionne said on Wednesday. The SUV should be launched at the end of next year.

Reuters contributed to this report

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