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World’s Fastest Sedan Debuts This Month, To Arrive In 2013

World’s Fastest Sedan Debuts This Month, Set To Arrive In 2013

The world’s fastest four door saloon, the all-new 307 kmh Maserati Quattroporte, will arrive in Australia and New Zealand in late 2013, following its world public debut at this month’s North American International Motor Show in Detroit on 14 January.

Maserati Quattroporte (Click images for big versions)

The launch of the new Quattroporte, which replaces the best-selling Maserati in the company’s 100-year history, heralds the start of an onslaught of new models over the next 18 months that will drive global Maserati sales to 50,000 worldwide in 2015 and 1500 in Australia and New Zealand by 2016, a more than ten-fold increase in the local market.

In additional to the new Quattroporte, Maserati will also launch a second sedan, the Ghibli, and its first SUV, the Levante, both of which take Maserati into new market sectors for the first time. These new models will be complimented by the fastest selling Maserati of all time, the GranTurismo, and its four seat open-top sibling, the GranCabrio.

The new Maserati flagship, the Quattroporte, is larger, lighter, more luxurious and more practical than the globally acclaimed car it replaces. With a 307 kmh top speed and a 0-100 time of 4.7 seconds, it’s also as fast as most two-door supercars and extends the Quattroporte’s reputation for combing luxury and performance.

The sixth-generation Quattroporte delivers a leap forward that not only sets the high-technology tone for Maserati’s upcoming new-model onslaught, but also remains faithful to Maserati’s long history in luxury sports saloons.

The powerful engine and the large cabin at the core of the Quattroporte’s design, dominated by a long, powerful nose and a concave Trident grille, provide a clear link to both the outgoing Quattroporte and the GranTurismo.

Even with all of its new technology, the new Quattroporte remains true to Maserati’s roots. Its V8 twin turbo makes it not only the fastest four-door Maserati ever built, but also the most powerful and the most fuel efficient.

The unique to Maserati direct-injection engine family boasts a 3.8-litre V8 and a 3.0-litre V6, both of which are all new, twin turbo charged, designed by Maserati Powertrain and assembled by Ferrari at Maranello.

The 3.8-litre V8 engine provides Maserati’s new performance benchmark, reaching 100 kmh in just 4.7 seconds and achieving a 307 kmh top speed. It is 20 kmh faster than the Quattroporte Sport GT S and delivers up to 200 Nm more torque as well. The V6 twin turbo doesn’t lack in performance, either, reaching 285 kmh.

To complement its scintillating performance, the V8 Maserati Quattroporte has lowered both its fuel consumption and emissions by 20% over the outgoing Quattroporte.

The all-new architecture retains the Quattroporte’s traditionally exquisite handling thanks to its 50:50 weight distribution, a double-wishbone front suspension and a state-of-the-art five-link rear suspension.

It 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 guarantee outstanding quality by controlling even the tiniest details.

Traditional hand crafted detailing continues in the Quattroporte’s cabin, now more spacious and featuring both four and five-seat layouts.

Cabin luxury leaps forward technically too, with features like the Maserati Touch Control screen, adjustable pedals (left hand drive only), reversing camera and the optional 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, as well as WLAN-based WiFi and compatibility with most modern mobile phone systems.

With the original Quattroporte in 1963, Maserati invented the concept of the luxury sports saloon and the new Quattroporte continues to be the benchmark for high quality engineering, supercar performance and comfort.

Full details of the local pricing and specification of the Australia and New Zealand market Quattroporte will be announced when the new model arrives in the fourth quarter of 2013.

KEY FEATURES OF THE NEW MASERATI QUATTROPORTE AT A GLANCE

• All-new unique Maserati-designed, Ferrari assembled 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 and 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 engines

• Direct-injection V8 delivers 390kW of power and up to 710Nm of torque

• Class-leading specific power output (139hp/l) and specific torque output (171Nm/l). Class-leading weight-to-power ratio (3.6kg/hp)

• V8 twin turbo 0-100 kmh acceleration in 4.7 seconds

• V8 twin turbo top speed of 307 kmh

• V6 twin turbo delivers 301kW and its 550Nm is greater than the torque peak in the outgoing Quattroporte Sport GT S

• V6 twin turbo accelerates to 0-100 kmh in 4.9 seconds and its 285 kmh top speed is just 2 kmh lower than the Sport GT S

• V8 kerb weight has been reduced by almost 100 kg

• Both V8 and V6 models use an eight-speed automatic transmission and deliver rear-wheel drive agility and steering response

• Traditional handling excellence assured with 50:50 weight distribution

• Longer wheelbase creates increased leg and shoulder room

• Five or four-seat layouts available, including work space and entertainment options

• New cabin features include WiFi WLAN hotspot, up to 15 speakers of Bowers and Wilkins premium surround system, 8.4” Maserati Touch Control screen

• Designed and engineered by Maserati and manufactured to new benchmark quality standards in its all-new plant in Turin

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The full, detailed version of this news release is available on the Ateco Media Web Site. Local specifications and pricing will be announced when the new Quattroporte goes on sale in the fourth quarter of the year.

Maserati Media web site:
Australia: http://media.ateco.com.au/
New Zealand: http://media.ateco.co.nz/


Release Number: Maserati_374
Date of release: 1/1/2013 2:06:09 PM

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