Maserati Presents the New Quattroporte
PARIS - October 3, 2008: The Quattroporte marks another milestone in the renaissance of Maserati's brand identity, embodying the values traditionally associated with the marque and, in the case of this particular model, preserving styling continuity with the classic Maserati sedans of the same name, from the first 1964 Quattroporte designed by Frua to the Quattroporte III used by the Italian Head of State Sandro Pertini in 1984.
When the Maserati Quattroporte styled by Pininfarina was presented at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show, the unique balance between the style of a luxury sedan and unparalleled driving dynamics created a new market segment in the automobile sector, that of the “Luxury Sports Sedans”.
After five years of success, with over 15,000 cars sold and 47 international awards won, the New Quattroporte range has some interesting new features aimed at combining the image of the car in its ultimate expression with the new, more powerful 4.7 litre 317 kW (430CV) engine.
Designed by Pininfarina, the Quattroporte has been reinterpreted with a more modern style in line with the GranTurismo, its nature and charm are that of an extraordinary car offering the ultimate in dynamic performance.
The new Maserati Quattroporte, today more than ever, is the ideal synthesis of two seemingly different souls: that of the luxury sedan and that of the grand tourer. The two souls of the car are embodied in two versions which constitute the new Quattroporte range:
The first has an 8-cylinder 4.2 litre engine and represents the entry level into the Quattroporte world. The second has an 8-cylinder 4.7 litre engine for maximum power and torque, this is the new Maserati flagship. The cars both benefit from a ZF automatic gearbox with 6-speed hydraulic transmission developed for the best performance and driving comfort and suitably tuned to bring out the very best of the new engine. The new Quattroporte range makes good use of past experience in terms of suspension and brakes, which represent a point of excellence for the model, offering different systems depending on whether the owner is more inclined towards comfort, or favours a more dynamic driving style.
Both versions achieve optimal weight distribution: 49 % on the front axle and 51 % on the rear. This distribution, obtained by moving the engine back on the front axle, maximises traction and peak acceleration, whilst making the car’s handling extremely stable and balanced.
The new Quattroporte range is the finest example of the Italian concept - “tailor made”. In fact, the personalisation program has been enriched, with an even wider range of colours and woods now available. Customers are offered a choice of 19 exterior paint finishes, in a number of colour combinations: solid, metallic and pearlescent. An equally wide selection exists for the interior leathers, with a ten-colour palette that puts the Quattroporte at the top of its market segment. Clients can choose from six types of wood and two different lacquers for the personalisation of the interior. Also noteworthy are the number and expanse of customisable interior surfaces (seats and door panels, steering wheel, dashboard, wood trim, stitching, roof lining, floor mats), allowing each client to "create" a custom car to suit their own personal style from millions of possible combinations.