All-new Maserati Quattroporte set for Detroit debut

Exotic four-door sedan to lead Maserati's transformation into a higher-volume player

Published: January 9, 2013, 4:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:28 PM

2013 Maserati Quattroporte

Maserati has plans to transcend its present status as a niche sports/luxury car builder and become a higher-volume player along the lines of Porsche, with annual production in the order of 50,000 units a year by 2015.

That growth will be based on three new models entering two new segments of the market, according to Maserati CEO, Harald Wester.

The transformation begins with the introduction of the all-new 2013 Maserati Quattroporte at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

Although Aston Martin beat Maserati to the market with its Lagonda four-door sedan back in 1961, the original Quattroporte (Italian for four-door), launched in 1963, was the first sedan from an exotic sports car maker to succeed over the long haul.

The new sixth-generation Quattroporte combines some design features from its immediate predecessor – the grille, three side vents and triangular C-pillar – with a strong new belt-line, frameless doors and three side windows.

The combination of new look and greater dimensions gives it a near-limo profile. The new model is 165 mm longer, 53 mm wider and 43 mm taller than the outgoing model and it rides on a 107-mm longer wheelbase, all of which translates to much more rear-seat room and a substantially larger trunk.

Inside, functional elements are blended with soft, high-quality wood and leather surfaces and include an 8.4-inch multi-function touchscreen.

In spite of its added bulk, thanks to generous use of aluminium and magnesium in its body and chassis, the new model is about 100 kg lighter than its predecessor – although at 1900 kg, it couldn't be called a lightweight.

A new Ferrari-built, but Maserati-exclusive, 430-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.8-litre V-8 engine drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

An all-wheel-drive variant, powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V-6, is expected to follow.