By Staff Contributor.
The new Maserati Quattroporte was officially unveiled at NAIAS, a larger, lighter and faster leap into the future, yet faithful to Maserati’s long history of luxury sports sedans. The new Quattroporte continues to be the benchmark for supercar performance, high quality engineering, and luxury sedan comfort.
As the flagship of the Maserati product range, the new Quattroporte is lighter, larger, more luxurious and more practical than the globally-acclaimed car it replaces. With a 307 km/h top speed, it’s also as fast as most two-door supercars. The sixth-generation Quattroporte is a significant leap forward that not only sets the high-technology tone for Maserati’s upcoming range of new-models, but also remains faithful to Maserati’s long history of luxury sports sedans.
The new Quattroporte also delivers new standards in quality in every area from design, development, fabrication and process controls. It is produced in a new plant that combines Maserati’s traditions of craftsmanship with cutting-edge technologies that are able to help guarantee outstanding quality by controlling even the tiniest of details.
Traditional hand-crafted design continues in the Quattroporte’s interior, and this has been augmented with even more interior space in all seats for both four- and five-seat layouts. The interior cabin luxury leaps forward technically, with features including:
• Maserati Touch Control screen
• Adjustable pedals
• Reverse cameras
The powerful and proprietary Maserati engines and the large cabin are at the core of the Quattroporte’s design. Dominated by a long, powerful nose and a concave Trident grille a clear link is created to both the outgoing Quattroporte and the current GranTurismo.
The newly-developed direct-injection engine family boasts a 3.8-litre V8 and a 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 automatic transmission developed with ZF.
Even with all of its new technology, the new Quattroporte remains true to Maserati’s roots. Its 530 hp twin turbo V8 makes it not only the fastest four-door Maserati has ever built, but also the most powerful and the most fuel efficient. In direct contrast to its scintillating performance, the V8 Maserati Quattroporte has improved both its fuel consumption and emissions by 20 percent over the outgoing Quattroporte. The 3.8-litre V8 engine sets Maserati’s new performance benchmark by reaching 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and achieving a 307 km/h top speed- fully 20 km/h faster than the existing Quattroporte Sport GT S.
(Note: All vehicles provided by manufacturers for comparison test purposes. Photos provided by Maserati.)