The 2013 Maserati Quattroporte lands
Lighter, more efficient and more importantly, much more powerful than ever before...
Say ciao to the all-new Maserati Quattroporte - the lightest, biggest, and most powerful four-door Maz in the history of, erm, ever...
The new car's available with two new twin-turbo engines, one being a 3.8-litre V8 making 530bhp and 710Nm of torque (200 torques more than the erstwhile Quattroporte), and a smaller, 3-litre V6 that produces 410bhp and 550Nm of twist, both mated to an all-new 8-speed ZF automatic. We know that the all-new V8 engine's been designed and developed by Maserati and Ferrari engineers in Italy's motor valley. The V8 can propel the new Mazzer to 100kph in 4.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 307kph, while the V6-engined 'porte would hit 100kph in 4.9 seconds, and top out at 285kph. And while you'd associate the products of Maranello to err on the thirsty side, this one's meant to be more efficient and more powerful than the current car.
Of the chassis, Roberto Corradi, Maserati Vehicle Development Director, says: "Maserati engineers have worked in chassis designing and engineering, weight reduction, ergonomic enhancement to develop a car capable of fitting different powertrain architectures and transmission configurations for the most diverse driving conditions but always maintaining Maserati's trademark best-in-class driving comfort."
Now, about that design... According to the manufacturer, it's "Italian design at its best." Apparently, it "reinterprets the design features of classic Maseratis". Hmm... The key Quattroporte trademarks are there in the front grille, three side vents and the triangular C pillar. The new bits include that pinched crease running down the side of the car, frameless doors, three side windows, and fresh headlights and rear lights, which look curiously familiar...
Maserati's worked quite a bit on that interior too. The longer, wider new Quattroporte boasts of a four or five-seat layout, as required, and features gizmos like a 1280W Bowers and Wilkins audio system with 15 speakers, an 8.4-inch touchscreen on the dash that houses all the essential controls. Lorenzo Ramaciotti, Head of the Maserati Design Centre, says: "Inside, the Quattroporte aims at essentiality, stressing the simplicity of lines and the full functionality of the on-board instrumentation. Functional elements are blended with soft quality surfaces made of prestigious woods and refined leathers."
The company's expecting big things from its new Quattroporte. Maserati reckons it'll see itself building 50,000 units a year by 2015 by launching three new models in two new segments of the market, starting with this.
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