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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.