Less than a month before the release of the Cyberpunk 2077 video game, a real trend is setting in. After Porsche, it is Maserati which embraces the movement by unveiling a retro-futuristic version of the Shamal, its V8 coupe from the 90s.
After many postponements, Cyberpunk 2077, the retro-futuristic Action-RPG developed by CD Projekt Red studio is about to arrive on PC and consoles. Its futuristic dystopian world resonates with automakers already scalded by the many pre-orders for the Tesla Cybertruck. Porsche has teamed up with the publisher to offer Johnny Silverhand, the game’s main character, a modernized 1977 911 Turbo Carrera.
Project Rekall, back to the 90s for Maserati
Maserati also seems to want to take advantage of the enthusiasm around the release of the game to promote its brand, without going through partnerships like OnePlus and its 8T Cyberpunk 2077. It is on her Instagram account that she posted a report on Project Rekall. The most keen on the vehicles of the Italian manufacturer will recognize the lines of the Shamal, a grand touring coupe produced between 1990 and 1996. If the lines of the original model have not necessarily aged well, it had at the time found 369 buyers who were able to take advantage of its powerful 3.2L twin-turbo V8.
All dressed in gray, the Project Rekall is equipped with LED headlights and electronic speedometers, only elements that betray that it is a futuristic car. In the description, Maserati imagines it on the streets of ModenaCity-One in 2091 and sees it as a love letter to the brand’s past. One could however doubt such a future, the rear view showing a smoking double tailpipe. However, the Italian manufacturer has yet to put any electric vehicle on the market. The first should arrive in concession in 2021 if we believe the trailer published almost a year ago.
If manufacturers like to show what their designers are capable of, concept cars rarely become reality, even the Tesla Cybertruck will be improved by its release if we are to believe Elon Musk. This Project Rekall has no chance of making its way to concessions. However, we appreciate the stylistic effort.