If you are looking for luxury coupled with Ferrari performance with four doors you can?t go too wrong with the Maserati Quattroporte.
The Maserati was when it first launched the fastest saloon car in production and since then the likes of Aston Martin and Porsche have been playing catch up.
Massive growth is expected of the Maserati brand with their sales improving year on year and they actually envisage sales of around 50,000 cars by 2015!
This positive outlook for the future comes from a massive investment into the model development at Maserati, going into new sectors of the market with both a smaller saloon and SUV vehicle on the drawing board.
Let?s not forget the lifeblood of the brand though and this has always been their coupe which is now called the GranTurismo the cabriolet version called the GranCabrio and obviously the model we are going to look at today, the Maserati Quattroporte.
The Maserati Quattroporte actually started its life back in 1963 but never really started becoming popular until 2004 here in the UK. Something different from the usual BMW and Mercedes crowd the Quattroporte was ideal for Ferrari owners wanting something a little more practical for taking the family out at weekends but still giving that special something that comes with driving such a supercar.
The Quattroporte has fantastic V8 engine with an exhaust note to die for. The handling is firm and responsive making driving through country roads a dream, this has always been the characteristics of the Quattroporte but things are set to change a little in the new incarnation of the model due to be announced at this years (2013) Detroit motor show.
Instead of the usual entry model V8 Maserati is going to start using Turbo?s again and have even announced the idea of a diesel unit for the future.
It is expected that the entry model will now be a 2.8 twin-turbo model V6 but staggeringly producing 407bhp! There are of course more grunty models, how about a 3.8 twin turbo V8 good for 523bhp? All models power will be controlled through a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The new Quattroporte has grown too. The length has been taken to 5263mm which is 163mm longer than the old model (which was already a big car) so it?s now perfect if someone wants to use the car in the chauffeur market.
The car looks as good as it always has and now looks even sleeker compared to some of its rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Weight has also been slashed by more use of Aluminium in the wings, doors, boot and suspension.
Inside the Quattroporte still has all the usual high quality leather and woods as you would expect from such a car. The controls have changed somewhat, which was a minor criticism of the previous models and most of which are now controlled via a touch screen system in the centre console.
With regard to pricing the car fits into the ?80-?100k market which obviously means it has some strong competition from the likes of Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Bentley and Aston Martin.
All in all it looks like Maserati have done a fantastic job with the new line up and although the styling has changed a little it is still quite obvious that the car has just evolved from the old Quattroporte.
With a new engine line up that should be more reliable, more economical but with lower emission?s I can see the new model being a big success and can?t wait to see designs for the new SUV they have in the pipeline.
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