Maserati won’t say much about the new QP that it plans to unveil at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, but it does claim the Sport GT S will be the “sportiest” version of its famous sedan.
Using a modified version of the 4.7-liter V-8 found in the “S” model, power is rated at 433hp, a modest increase of 8hp. As the output and engine are the same as the one found in the GranTurismo S, we can assume torque is equal as well at 363 ft-lbs.
Other “sporty” upgrades include updated transmission software for faster shifts, a lowered ride height with stiffer springs and an exhaust system that features pneumatic valves that open to really let the Italian V-8 scream.
Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S
Official release after the break:
4 door GranTurismo S
The new Quattroporte Sport GT S debuting at 2009 NAIAS on the 70th anniversary of Maserati first Indianapolis 500 win
Modena – December 22nd, 2008 – The new Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S sets yet another milestone in terms of sportiness in the high performance luxury sedan segment of the automotive market . Conceived and developed as “a real driving machine in the guise of a luxury sedan “, the Quattroporte Sport GT S is the ultimate expression of Maserati’s sportiness in the Quattroporte range.
The technical changes to the new Quattroporte Sport GT S in respect to the Quattroporte S concern four areas:
– the mapping of the V8 4.7 litre engine, with power increased to 323kW; – the gearshift management software, with new features designed to increase driving enjoyment; – the front and rear suspension system featuring single-rate dampers, stiffer springs and lower ride height; – the sports exhaust controlled by pneumatic valves for a deep, throaty and captivating sound.
The sportier and more aggressive look is evident also in virtue of the interior’s and exterior’s stylistic choices:
– the new black grille with concave vertical fins featuring the Trident logo with red accents, typical of the sportier versions of Maserati models; – the new headlights, in metallic titanium finish; – the side and rear “shadow line”, which includes black finishing around the doors, body- colored door handles and black twin oval exhaust pipes, – the new M-design seats with perforated Alcantara and leather upholstery; – the standard trim in Titantex, a “titanium colored” composite material.