The secret of the car’s character lies in sophisticated combinations of cleverly matched materials, forms and colours. The cabin is an exercise in obsessive attention to detail, with two rear seats which, when tipped forward, increase the size of the luggage compartment while protecting the occupants of the front seats, or, when upright, continue towards the rear window to replace the parcel shelf and create a single volume shooting-brake effect, as in a 1950s coupé.
Other bold cues clearly citing the past but interpreted in a modern key appear in the steering wheel, with a dished shape evocative of classic steering wheels in bakelite, in the gear shift lever – a truncated cone as in historic race Maseratis – and even in the clock situated low down on the centre tunnel console, as seen in the 150 GT.
Traditional Maserati blue has been used subtly to accentuate certain specific elements, such as the wheel spokes, the flank vents, the Alfieri logo and the tailpipes. Inside the cabin, Luna white and blue are juxtaposed in the exclusive leather trim to highlight the sense of craftsmanship. Anodised copper emphasis the instruments and steering wheel and carbon is used as a material expressing contemporary high performance.
The article continues in Auto & Design no. 208