Maserati Quattroporte

Maserati’s new Quattroporte, which made its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, relaunches the concept of the Italian luxury saloon, combining driving pleasure and performance, with style and elegance – the characteristics of a true Maserati.

The new flagship model for Maserati goes on sale in Europe during January 2004, with right-hand drive production starting late spring. Prices and the final specification for the Quattroporte on the British market will be announced in January and Maserati UK anticipates the availability of between 100 and 150 cars during the year.

Maserati has designed the Quattroporte to be a luxurious limousine with a passionate Italian nature, a genuine driver’s car – utterly involving and sporty, entertaining in every circumstance, to be driven and enjoyed everyday, in all weathers and capable of generating rewarding emotions rather than being merely coldly functional.

Beneath the Pininfarina-styled, dynamic and sinuous lines, that give the Quattroporte the look of a real Grand Tourer, are sophisticated engineering attributes which will make that GT promise a reality. Placing of the engine behind the front axle and the gearbox in unit with the rear-differential, creates a new first in weight distribution for a front-engined Maserati. The 47% front, 53% rear, weight split brings huge benefits in terms of traction and handling balance.

The electro-hydraulically actuated, Maserati Duo Select six-speed gearbox is fully automatic, but offers a level of responsiveness and significant weight savings not possible with a conventional torque-converter system. In Auto Mode, the gear change is programmed for maximum comfort, but drivers will be able to select manual-mode and change gear using the steering-wheel mounted paddles. In Sport Mode, the overall settings for gearbox, suspension, traction and stability controls are all adjusted to make the Quattroporte an even more sporty drive.

The 400 bhp V8 engine is tuned to generate more than 75% (250 lb ft) of torque from 2,500 rpm, with maximum torque (333 lb ft) at 4,500 rpm. The all-aluminium, double-wishbone suspension features Maserati’s unique electronic Skyhook multi-mode damping control, as standard.

Like other models in the Maserati range, Quattroporte will enjoy a 3-year warranty and it is expected to be classified in insurance group 20.

Published : 20/09/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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