(from Maserati Press Release)
The big Italian saloon is making a triumphant return to the world of the
flagship car, in the shape of the Maserati Quattroporte which introduces
innovative new concepts to this highly conservative sector.
Clothed in an elegantly-designed Pininfarina body, the new saloon is a
modern take on the original Maserati Quattroporte concept of marrying
genuine sportiness with space and comfort in a typically sophisticated
Trident marque package.
The Maserati Quattroporte offers today what the first Frua-designed
Quattroporte surprised clients with in 1963: the inimitable Trident
style, a sophisticated interior awash with full-grain leather and luxury
woods, plus a spirited temperament its elegantly understated exterior
doesnít even hint at.
Quattroporte, which debuts on September 9 at the Frankfurt Motor Show,
lives up to every expectation drivers might have of such a twin-souled
car: it has the space and dimensions of a limousine yet the
irresistible, confident character of a blistering GT.
This is a car that can be personalised right down to the last detail to
suit the client, using, of course, the very best of Maseratiís trademark
Italian taste and design.
It also revolutionises the classic architecture of the big saloon,
thanks to two factors: the positioning of the engine behind the front
axle and the use of the sports-derived Transaxle rear-mounted gearbox in
unit with the differential. The result: optimal weight distribution for
guaranteed maximum efficiency.
The sophisticated electro-hydraulic gearbox is fully automatic, but
allows the driver to opt for a sportier change by selecting the manual
setting and using the steering wheel-mounted paddle shift. The new
Quattroporte also boasts some impressive vital statistics.
DIMENSIONS: length 5052 mm, width 1895 mm, height 1438 mm, wheelbase
ENGINE: 400 bhp 4.2-litre Maserati V8;
PERFORMANCE: top speed 275 km/h.
And there is a practically endless array of personalisation options
available, including 15 bodywork colours, three types of wood (rosewood,
mahogany and briarwood), 10 shades of leather and a wide range of