NAIAS 2013: Maserati officially launches the Quattroporte

NAIAS 2013: Maserati officially launches the Quattroporte image

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Fully revised

The new Maserati Quattroporte was officially unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

As the flagship of the Maserati product range, the new Quattroporte is larger, lighter, more luxurious and more practical than the model it replaces.

The powerful and proprietary Maserati engines and the large, luxurious cabin are at the core of the Quattroporte’s design. The newly-developed direct-injection engine family boasts a 3.8-liter V8 and a 3.0-liter V6, both of which are twin-turbocharged, designed by Maserati Powertrain and assembled by Ferrari at its plant in Maranello. All versions come equipped with the latest eight-speed automatic transmission developed with ZF.

The 530 PS twin turbo V8 makes it not only the fastest four-door Maserati has ever built, but also the most powerful and the most fuel efficient. In direct contrast to its performance, the V8 Maserati Quattroporte has improved both its fuel consumption and emissions by 20 percent over the outgoing Quattroporte, while being able to reach 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. With a 307 km/h (191 mph) top speed, it’s also as fast as most two-door supercars.


The V6 twin turbo variant delivers similar performance, capable of a top speed of 285 km/h (177mph). The V6 gets a Q4 All-wheel drive system, but will only be available in LHD markets.

The “Q4” system is one of the many “firsts” of the new Quattroporte: a system capable of redistributing the torque instantly from full rear wheel drive at higher speeds to a perfectly balanced 50/50 distribution between front and rear wheels when more traction is needed.

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

The new Maserati Quattroporte goes on sale in Europe in he Summer.