The Maserati Quattroporte

31 March 2004 - Ferrari and Maserati will take the British Motor Show by storm in May when three new models make their public debut at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live from 27 May to 6 June at Birmingham’s NEC.

Both brands will exhibit together at the show with dedicated zones on a shared 550m2 stand in Hall 6, which will also include a special Formula 1 car from the world championship winning team. A grand total of nine Ferrari and Maserati road cars will be displayed offering enthusiasts a unique opportunity to compare these exotic models at Britain’s only International motor show.

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Maserati is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year and there are two new cars for British enthusiasts to see for the first time at the Show.

The latest addition to the Maserati range, the GranSport is a more aggressive alternative to the regular Coupé GT, which celebrates the sporting soul at the heart of the car by offering more power and even sharper handling in a model focused on delivering high performance. The GranSport looks especially purposeful with its deep front spoiler, airflow-controlling side sills, discreet bootlid spoiler lip, chrome grille, lowered ride height and larger, 19" Trofeo racing-style alloy wheels. The 4.2-litre V8 engine punches out 400 bhp (up 10 bhp on the Coupé GT) through a deep-rumble sports exhaust system and the Cambiocorsa paddle-shift six-speed transmission offers 35 per cent faster gear changes (in Sport mode) and a five per cent higher top (6th) gear ratio compared to the Coupé GT.

A luxurious sporting saloon with the dynamic heart of a thoroughbred sports car, the Maserati Quattroporte delivers sensational, refined performance with an on-the-road price of £69,995 including a three-year ‘peace of mind’ service package. The award-winning V8-powered four-door saloon mounts the transmission in-unit with the rear axle for a uniquely balanced weight distribution (47 per cent front – 53 per cent rear) and responsive handling brilliance that cannot be beaten in this class. The six-speed Maserati DuoSelect transmission is perfectly matched to the high-torque 400 bhp engine. No two Quattroporte cars need to be the same and the customer can select from 15 exterior paint finishes, 10 leather interior colours and a host of option packages or individually tailored equipment choices offering over four million possible trim combinations.

Throughout The Sunday Times Motor Show Live, the complete range of Ferrari and Maserati cars can be seen in Hall 6 at the NEC.


Published : 03/04/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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