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As the most powerful Quattroporte to ever grace the Italian automaker’s lineup, the new 2014 Maserati Quattroporte just debuted on the show floor here at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
Having outlived its original life-expectancy, the Maserati Quattroporte will be all new when it bows in production form, likely at this September’s Paris Auto Show.
Spring is in the air, and with the change of the seasons comes the jump from cold winter climate testing, to fun in the sun on the world famous Nürburgring in Germany. Our photographers grabbed some spy photos of the upcoming 2013 Maserati Quattroporte running laps on the ring, testing in preparation for the cars official launch at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
The new Quattroporte is going to be getting a little bigger overall to make room for a new small car, likely called the Levante. Despite the size growth, the Quattroporte should manage to shed some pounds thanks to new lightweight materials.
The engine is expected to be a 4.7L V8, complete with tuning enhancements which will peg the horsepower rating at around 475. The engine will be paired with an eight-speed transmission from ZF.
Look for a full reveal this Fall at the Paris Motor Show.
GALLERY: 2013 Maserati Quattroporte
Just in are the latest spy photos of the upcoming second-generation Maserati Quattroporte. Spotted testing at a test facility in northern Sweden, the photos leave much to the imagination with plenty of camouflage used to hide the car’s new lines.
With plans for a new baby Quattroporte, named the Levante, to compete against cars like the 5 Series and E-Class, the next-gen Quattroporte is expected to grow somewhat in size. Under the hood, expect updates to the 4.7-liter V8 engine with power rated at around 475 hp. The QP is also set to receive a new 8-speed automatic gearbox with rumors of a possible all-wheel drive model.
A debut is expected for the 2013 Quattroporte at the Paris Motor Show this Fall.
GALLERY: 2013 Maserati Quattroporte Spy Photos
Maserati is on the offensive, with four new models in the pipeline the Italian automaker is looking to expand its dealer network to double what it is now to ensure there is support for the new cars.
To start the new vehicle introductions, the next generation quattroporte is due to be unveiled at the Detroit auto show next January. A small car which will slot in below the quattroporte, possibly called the Levante, will be finished and ready for market by mid-2013, and an SUV will also join the ranks of Maserati’s new car lineup. The last vehicle scheduled for re-design is the Gran-Turismo large coupe which should be available in 2015.
“We need a broader dealer body of about 500 dealers in place before our new models begin arriving on the market. Most of this expansion will happen by the end of this year,” said Maserati CEO Harald Wester. The sales goal for 2014 is an estimated 40,000 vehicles, and Wester’s hope for 2015 is to sell 55,000 to 60,000 cars.
Maserati is aiming high, and based on the Chrysler group turnaround, Marchionne’s leadership should carry the company to the mark it expects to hit.
[Source: Automotive News]
Maserati’s revamped four door hasn’t been far from the media’s attention recently, though specificity remained sparse. It looks like that’s starting to change, though. The new sedan is reportedly going to be six inches wider and two inches longer than the current model (pictured above), meaning more rear-seat legroom and a larger trunk. Despite the increased size, the new car will actually be about 30 percent more efficient thanks to a little weight loss over its predecessor.
It still seems that there will also be a smaller “baby” Quattroporte available, though that will be released after the model discussed above. It sounds like both cars will be available next year. The smaller variant is supposedly just a hair over 16 feet long, which stacks up neatly next to a BMW 5-Series.
We’ll be bringing you the latest details on Maserati’s new line as they emerge, including information on the Kubang concept.
Maseratis exude power, style and sex appeal. They do not, on the other hand, evoke anything close to the unrefined image of a diesel engine. Or at least they haven’t in the past.
According to a report by AutoBild, Maserati is making a smaller version of its yet-to-be-release Quattroporte luxury sedan and it seems the Italian automaker plans to package it with a V6 diesel, a first for the company.
Wait! Don’t reach for the barf bag just yet. The oil burner is actually supposed to make 300 horsepower and 516 ft-lbs of torque, not too bad for a car that’s supposed to be somewhat smaller than the automakers usual preference.
There’s no official name tag on this one yet, but it’s being called the ““Maseratina” for now and will probably try to stack up next to the likes of the BMW M5, or Audi S6. Those might seem like a couple of tall glasses to fill for engines that notoriously top out ahead of the game, but we’re excited nonetheless.
[Source: AutoBild via GT Spirit]
With Andrea Bertolini behind the wheel of Maserati‘s Quattroporte EVO, the famed Quattroporte model now has its first racing title. Bertolini captured the Superstars Series championship at the very last race of the season after coming back against Luigi Ferrara’s Mercedes AMG C63 and Alberto Cerqui’s BMW M3. On the way to the championship, Bertolini had the perfect race weekend, capturing a double win, recording the fastest lap and even taking pole position in qualifying. To top it all off, Bertolini’s teammate, Alessandro Pier Guidi, finished second place at the race.
There is controversy surrounding the championship however, as Luigi Ferrara’s team is making an appeal against the race officials confirming the Maserati’s win as legal. The National Court of Appeal will be deciding on the matter, which will be investigated in the near future, but as of now Bertolini is the champion pending appeal – but it seems that Maserati has no doubts in its validity.
This championship just adds to Bertolini’s already impressive collection of trophies, including the FIA GT1 championship in the MC12 he helped develop. Maserati’s Quattroporte EVO beat out ten other manufacturers for the top crown and is the first time Maserati has won the Superstars Series title.
GALLERY: Maserati Quattroporte EVO
The movers and shakers of China are buying up luxury cars, and cars in general, at a dizzying pace. And Maserati is nothing if not on fire intuitive, so the skyrocketing sales in China are motivating the Italian company to expand even faster.
There have been past murmurs of a “baby” Quattroporte, but the current ‘porte is getting a refresh as well—and both models may get four-wheel drive with high-performance technology from the Ferrari FF. And in the sort of synergy that makes Chrysler TC by Maserati enthusiasts feel appreciated, a Maserati SUV based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee is also being planned: it would be built in Bertone’s former plant near Turin, and it can start annoying enthusiasts as soon as 2013.
Lastly, thanks to parent company Fiat’s stake in Chrysler, Maserati may use a Multiair-equipped version of the V6 Pentastar engine, good for 400 horsepower, instead of a V8 from Ferrari. Hear that? That’s the sound of a thousand angry Chrysler-hating mobs who cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced by Sergio Marchionne.
[Source: Car & Driver]
The successor to Maserati‘s Quattroporte exotic Italian sedan will debut later this year, with this Fall’s Frankfurt Auto Show the likely venue.
Reportedly inspired by the designs of the new GranTurismo Coupe and Convertible, the new QP is slated to get an updated version of the current 4.7-liter V8, with fuel economy a key area of improvement.
The new vehicle will also grow in size and increase in luxury to better compete with the likes of the Aston Martin Rapide.
This will then make room for the brand’s new mid-level luxury sedan that should arrive somewhere around 2014 as a rival to the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class and priced around $75,000.
But before then, look for the Grand Cherokee-based SUV, powered by a Ferrari engine!
They may not have the space needed to deliver meals to the elderly on a regular basis, but Meals on Wheels has never looked as flashy as it did recently when food was dropped off to the elderly in a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder and a Bentley Continental GT.
In Pascack Valley, N.J., the Meals on Wheels program got a lift from Gotham Dream Cars, an exotic-car rental company and club. The idea behind this pairing was to raise public awareness of older people who can’t leave their homes to buy food on their own. “The support of our community is essential to combating senior hunger in the area,” said Jeanne Martin, the director of the Pascack Valley Meals on Wheels program.
Also giving the volunteers a helping hand (or wheels) were a Dodge Viper SRT-10, a Mercedes-Benz S550, a Range Rover Supercharged and a Maserati Quattroporte, giving a whole new meaning to the term “fast food.” And Gotham Dream Cars did more than just donate cars for the day – they also pledged to donate 10 percent of its December gift certificate sales to the charitable organization.
[Source: New York Times]