The flagship of the Maserati product range, the Quattroporte is larger, lighter, more luxurious and more practical than the globally acclaimed car it replaces. With a 307km/h top speed, it’s also as fast as most two-door supercars.
As we were shuffled for a looong presentation about what’s great about the new Quattroporte (QP), we couldn’t deny that the car that lurked under the blue satin cloth. We learnt that QP is what Maserati banks on to increase the company’s presence in the world, with a projected 50,000 units a year by 2015. So what’s new about the new QP? New powertrains. Weight reduction. Lower fuel consumption and sharpened handling.
And it’s pretty high-tech too. In the hushed room, we got to know most of the new QP down to bare metal. More aluminium components are used throughout the steed to keep weight down and bright rigidity up, to compliment Maserati’s Skyhook suspension system that consists of a double wishbone front and multi-link rear assembly.
The hallmark growl of the Maserati engines and the large cabin are the main draws of the Quattroporte’s design, but under the skin, this grand lady receives new hearts in the form of a newly-developed direct-injection engine family boasts a 530 hp 650 Nm 3.8-litre V8 and a 410 hp 550 Nm 3.0-litre V6. Both of which are twin-turbocharged, designed by Maserati Powertrain and assembled by Ferrari at their plant in Maranello.
All versions come equipped with the latest eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. While we spent a considerable time understanding the new AWD drive train, we were told later on that Singapore’s official QP will only be available in RWD guise. Well, at least it helps to keep that little buzz that wants to make you disengage the traction control when the road is wet, if you’re into that.
Price? 3.0 V6 is priced at S$515,000 and the 3.8 V8 at S$615,000, excluding COE. The first official units are expected to arrive here in September.