Citizen Reporter
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19 Mar 2014
12:00 pm

Maserati leaps forward

Citizen Reporter

With the introduction of the Quattroporte in 1963, Maserati invented the concept of the luxury sports sedan and the new Quattroporte continues to be the benchmark for high quality engineering and the combination of supercar performance with limousine comfort.

In 2013, Maserati launched the all-new Maserati Quattroporte GTS and Quattroporte S in the Middle East and Africa. The sixth-generation model delivers a leap forward that not only sets thehigh-technology tone for Maserati’s upcoming new-model onslaught, but also remains faithful to Maserati’s long history.

The flagship of the Maserati product range is larger, lighter, more luxurious and more practical than the globally-acclaimed car it replaces. The powerful engine and the large cabin are at the core of the Quattroporte’s design, dominated by a long, powerful nose and a concave Trident grille that provides 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. The Quattroporte GTS and the Quattroporte S are powered by state-of-the-art high performance engines. The direct-injection engine family boasts a 3.8 litre V8 (Quattroporte GTS) and a 3.0 litre V6 (Quattroporte S), both of which are all new, twin turbo charged, developed by Maserati Powertrain in partnership with Ferrari Powertrain and built by Ferrari in its world-leading engine construction facility in Maranello.Maserati

The Quattroporte GTS engine provides Maserati’s new performance benchmark, reaching 100km/h in just 4.7 seconds and achieving a 307km/h top speed, it is claimed. It is 20km/h faster and has up to 200 Nm more torque than its predecessor, the Quattroporte Sport GT S. The Quattroporte S engine doesn’t lack for performance, either, reaching 100km/h in 5.1 seconds and achieving a 284km/h top speed, it is said. Both, the Quattroporte GTS and the Quattroporte S have a rear-wheel drive configuration.

The GTS model is not only the fastest but also the most powerful and the most economical four-door Maserati ever built. To offset its scintillating performance, the Quattroporte GTS has 20% lower fuel consumption and emissions than its predecessor.

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

It also delivers new standards in quality in every area from design, development and fabrication to process controls. It is produced at 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, and this has been added to with even more interior space in all seats and 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.