Maserati Quattroporte Sharpens its Sporting Profile
Maserati Quattroporte Sharpens its Sporting Profile and Boosts its Luxury
Maserati has refocused its Quattroporte range to make it even more appealing to its traditional customer group by making the most aggressive, sporting equipment package standard on the range topping Quattroporte Sport GT S and opening up the Quattroporte to a wider group of customers boosting the luxury credentials of the 4.2 litre V8 variant while maintaining its sporting soul.
“When the MC Sportline version of the Quattroporte Sport GT S was presented at the Australian International Motor Show last year we intended it to be a special edition,” explains Glen Sealey, General Manager of Maserati in Australia and New Zealand. “Australian and New Zealand Quattroporte owners have always bought the top performance version, so it came as no surprise that they took this car to their hearts and it became the most popular variant. Therefore we have decided to make it the standard ranging topping model.”
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“We have also noticed a growing demand for performance saloons with a bias towards luxury. To capitalize on this change in the market, we have refocused the Quattroporte 4.2 to boost its luxury and comfort to make it even more appealing to these owners. At the same time we have ensured that the Quattroporte 4.2 retains the Maserati sporting soul and can, when called upon, offer the performance, handling and excitement that is unique to a Maserati,” says Mr Sealey.
Sales of the Maserati Quattroporte are up 90 per cent year to date in Australia, a result which means that it has not only tripled its market sector share but which also means it is out selling the petrol-powered variants of its key rivals.
“This sales success has proven that we are moving in the right direction with Quattroporte,” says Mr Sealey, “and the changes we have made to the Quattroporte bring into sharper focus the reasons for this success – exclusivity, performance, style, luxury and the unique aura that is only provided by a Maserati.”
With 295 kW and 460 Nm of torque, the Quattroporte 4.2 delivers the performance expected of a Maserati, with 100 kmh reached in 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 270 kmh. But at the same time it is delivered with a choice of comfort and luxury or, at the press of the Sport button, with exhilaration of a true sporting sedan.
This combination is made possible by the use of a six speed automatic gearbox developed specifically for this engine that can deliver punchy performance or silken effortless gearchanges. This is matched to the Maserati Skyhook suspension that is constantly adjustable, adapting to both road conditions and driver demands.
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The automatic transmission of the Quattroporte, featuring a hydraulic torque converter, is the result of a state-of-the-art collaboration between Maserati and ZF which enhances the V8’s progressive delivery at low-medium revs without limiting its power, allowing changes at engine speeds up to 7,200 rpm.
As well as the Normal driving mode, there are two additional automatic gear change modes, ICE and Sport, so the driver can choose the most suitable one according to the road conditions and his/her personal driving style.
Like the true sports sedan it is, the Quattroporte can also be driven manually using the gear lever on the central tunnel, or via the gearshift paddles behind the steering wheel. The sixth gear has been optimised to reduce fuel consumption and noise even further during motorway use at high speeds.
Safe and easy to handle in any road conditions, the secret behind the balanced behaviour of the Quattroporte lies in its weight distribution, a real one-of-a-kind in this segment, with slightly more weight on the rear axle (49% on the front and 51% on the rear). This configuration, obtained by placing the engine behind the front axle, maximises traction and acceleration.
Famously, Maserati trim and colours offer more than nine million combinations, but this only half the story. As well as the ultimate in personalization, the materials used are all of the highest qualities, hand crafted and finished to provide a unique level and depth of luxury and personalization that is, simply, unmatched amongst Maserati’s rivals.
The Quattroporte range features
Poltrona Frau leather as standard. Poltrona Frau
leather is renowned worldwide as an outstanding example of
the best Italian craftsmanship; it is unique, because of the
richness of the material used and the traditional techniques
After being meticulously selected, Poltrona Frau leathers undergo a special process combining mechanical and manual techniques. The purpose is to obtain the best quality and a pleasant feel when touched. Subsequent treatments add softness, durability, strength and usability to its refined appearance. The leather is warm and inviting in winter, fresh and cool in summer, with the added advantage that its beauty is enhanced as it ages.
The Quattroporte 4.2 is also full featured and equipped as standard, be it the telematics system that brings together satellite navigation, communications and entertainment into one comprehensive and fully equiped system; or the safety systems that work to avoid accidents and protect the occupants from threats.
Magneti Marelli, the Multi Media System is standard on the
new Maserati Quattroporte: it features the Bose Surround
Sound System and includes the following functions:
• On-board computer
• Radio AM-FM with Phase Diversity reception
• GPS navigation system with preloaded cartography on Hard Disk (not available in New Zealand)
• Audio CD and Mp3 player
• Jukebox for Mp3 music files, hard disk with 30 GB of storage capacity
• Voice commands
• Bluetooth connection for telephone
• USB/AUX-in port with USB reader function
Bose engineers have designed and produced the Bose Surround Sound System, for the Maserati Quattroporte, to match and blend in with the car’s acoustics. The system features eleven speakers with integrated 4 x 25 Watt RMS equalizer and a digital audio system, for music reproduction with a greater fidelity than most analogue systems. The system allows for the use of exclusive Bose technologies such as AudioPilot (to offset background noise) and active electronic equalisation.
The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S and now the MC Sportline version has been the range topping variant of Maserati’s sleek salon and, since its launch, has been consistently the best selling variant of the Quattroporte. Top speed is 285 kmh and the 0-100 kmh time is 5.1 seconds. But these figures are only part of the story of how Maserati has produced a luxury saloon that has the driving abilities of a supercar.
With the MC Sportline package, this model is now focused on performance with it replacing all the wood trim in the standard car with carbon fibre, across the dashboard, the front and rear centre consoles, sections of the door panels, the gear knob and around the switchgear. Additionally it is used around the instrument pack and on the longer Trofeo gearchange paddles. Each of the door sills is fitted with carbon fibre trim panels embossed with the MC Sportline logo and the MC logo is stamped into the aluminium brake pedal.
Maserati revised the mapping of the V8 4.7 litre engine, with power increased to 323 kW at 7000 rpm. In Sport mode valves open in the exhaust system to reduce back-pressure increasing maximum available power. These valves not only release more power – they also enable the Maserati V8 to create a throaty roar at low engine speeds and full symphonic sound of a genuine sports car at higher rpm.
The launch of the Quattroporte Sport GT S MC Sportline debuted MC-Auto Shift, the closest an automatic transmission has come to offering instant response of sequential manual, yet maintain seamless smooth gearshifts when a neck-snapping response is not required. This has been achieved via a thorough redesign of the transmission operating software and providing the driver with features not available on other Quattroporte variants.
In "MANUAL MODE" the driver controls gear shifts directly, and changes are permitted up to the redline on the rev-counter. For the most enjoyable, highest-performance driving experience, an electronic gear shift indicator in the middle of the dashboard tells the driver when it is the ideal timing of the gear change; this system, which enhances the pleasure and satisfaction of the driving experience when truly putting the car through its paces, is complemented by “Trofeo” style extra-long paddles behind the steering-wheel, ergonomically shaped for easier gear changes on the most demanding roads.
In AUTO SPORT mode, the gear shift control software activates the MC Start Strategy function. This function allows controlled starts enabling the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmh in just 5.1 seconds, instead of 5.3 seconds.
MANUAL SPORT and AUTO SPORT modes both provide electronic heel and toeing during down-shifts; this, combined with the Quattroporte Sport GT S’s other characteristics, make this saloon car capable of unprecedented driver involvement in its unique performance.
The Quattroporte Sport GT S MC Sportline is fitted with the single-setting racing-style suspension system featuring single-rate dampers, stiffer springs and lower ride height that has been developed to further enhance the car's handling and it makes its steering extremely sensitive and responsive.
The additional stiffening of the suspension by 30 per cent at the front and 10 per cent at the rear, together with a reduction in ground clearance of 10 mm on the front and 25 mm on the rear axle respectively, provides a substantial reduction in load transfers and more effective traction control during direction changes.
The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S MC Sportline’s weight distribution is unique in its category with a slight bias towards the rear end (49% front and 51% rear). This split transforms the luxury saloon into a car where performance is favoured and rewards the driver with its superb handling. This set up was achieved by shifting the engine behind the front axle to maximise traction and acceleration while also making the car stable and perfectly balanced.
The new Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S MC Sportline comes with a high performance braking system developed by Brembo. The 360 mm brake discs benefit from dual-cast technology: cast iron for the braking surface and an aluminium hub. This set up takes advantage of the consistent performance of cast iron at high temperatures and from the lightweight aluminium.
The six-piston callipers, of different diameters, are in a single aluminium block. These keep their shape better than two piece calliper sets and offer unbeatable stopping power.
The system is completed by the ABS, that stops the wheels locking under braking, and EBD, that distributes the braking force between the front and the rear axles; both systems are integrated into the Maserati Stability Programme (MSP). This solution offers excellent performance both in terms of stopping distance and resistance to brake fade, even under intense use. The Quattroporte Sport GT S’s brakes are always prompt in responding and live up to the standards you would expect from a Maserati saloon.
Subtle changes have also been made to the appearance of the Quattroporte for its new performance range-topping position as the Sport GT S MC Sportline.
The deeper set grille is fitted to the front bumper, and is framed by the new fog lights and air intakes that have been enlarged to cope with the more powerful engine. The combination of the redesigned bumper and the new grille bestow the front end of the car with an immediate aggressive visual impact.
The front light cluster has also been redesigned and features a titanium finish. This underlines the more aggressive Quattroporte Sport GT S MC Sportline, a feeling reinforced by its xenon headlights and LED indicators.
Turning to the bodywork, the new sweeping wing mirrors are more aerodynamic. The shape of the body below the doors lends the new model a more purposeful look. In profile, the car’s lowered stance is easily appreciated: 10 mm at the front and 25 mm at the rear.
These few millimetres make all the difference. The car appears poised as if on the starting blocks, ready for action with its racier set-up perfectly complementing the 323 kW power unit. This car exudes speed even when it is stationary.
The Quattroporte Sport GT S MC Sportline comes with two new types of 20" rims: Multi Trident rims in light aluminium alloy as an option and seven-spoke light alloy rims that have undergone the 'Dark Chrome' treatment.
The top performance model in the Quattroporte range clearly proclaims its character through the style of its interior, its intelligent use of materials and equipment.
The seats, which are state of the art in terms of ergonomics and comfort, have a stylised M for Maserati on the backs and the interior finishes on this version are a celebration of technology and craftsmanship with the combination of traditional handcrafted leather with the technology of carbon fibre.
The steering paddles, integral with the steering column, have a decorative chromed finish that gives their edges definition: they are also longer in shape, to ensure a good grip even when the steering wheel is on a tight lock. In the MC Sportline these are replaced by carbon fibre units. The interior finishes are completed by the exclusive addition of the name of the model in relief on the dashboard.
The optional aluminium pedals, which are standard on the MC-Sportline, are specially designed for racing-style driving, they provide outstanding grip when the brake and accelerator are depressed and released in quick succession, complete the interior