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5th February, 2014

The all-new Maserati Quattroporte will have an entry level model on the Australian market within weeks, following last week's release of the range-topping Quattroporte GTS, when the Twin Turbo V6 version arrives. Known as Quattroporte S, it comes with a $240,000* price tag. The S is expected to be better seller of the two versions.

Although, like the V8 Quattroporte, the new V6-powered Quattroporte is a larger, more spacious car than the model it replaces, it is lighter and more powerful than its predecessor, so the all-new Quattroporte S offers performance on a par with the range topping version of the previous model along with better fuel consumption and lower emissions.

The Quattroporte competes against Next Car's two preferred large premium luxury models - the Jaguar XJ and the Lexus LS - and five other large premium saloons and two higher level premium saloons.

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The new Maserati Quattroporte has not just a new and unique to Maserati platform, but also a new engine range developed specifically for Maserati, along with a new variant of the ZF eight speed gearbox. The suspension, the brakes, the interior are all new, as is its body that blends aluminium and steel for strength and lightness. Even the factory in which it is built is new.

As the flagship of the Maserati product range, the new Quattroporte is larger, lighter, more luxurious and more practical than the car it replaces.

The sixth-generation Quattroporte remains faithful in style, design and sound to Maserati’s long history of luxury sports saloons.

The powerful and proprietary Maserati engines and the large cabin are at the core of the Quattroporte’s design. Dominated by a long bonnet and a concave Trident grille a clear link is made to both the outgoing Quattroporte and the current GranTurismo.

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Although the engines are closely related, the engine designers at Maserati Powertrain have used their skills to give each engine a different angle for their cylinder banks, the optimal for performance and smoothness being 60 degrees for a V6 and 90 degrees for a V8.

The V6 engine shares the V8’s bore dimensions, the same variable valve technology, almost the same turbocharging and manifold technology and the same engine block technology.

Both engines are assembled by Ferrari at its Maranello factory matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission developed with ZF to meet the needs of the new engine range.

With 301 kW of power at 5,500 rpm, the V6 Twin Turbo in the new Quattroporte S lacks little for speed, providing a tremendously powerful driving experience with 550 Nm of torque between 1,750 rpm and 5,000 rpm. While it shares much with the V8 Twin Turbo, it has a character of its own, revving to a lower 6,000 rpm maximum speed and delivering its torque peak 500 rpm sooner.

This combination of lower weight and a wide, flat torque curve enables the V6 Twin Turbo powered Quattroporte S to accelerate to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 285 km/h. The efficient Twin Turbo V6 engine delivers a fuel consumption rating of 10.4 litres/100 km on the combined cycle and a CO2 rating of 242 grammes of CO2/km on the combined cycle.

The new Quattroporte has an all new-body that is built around a new platform specifically designed by Maserati that meets the needs of not just the new Quattroporte, but also the Ghibli and Levante models that will follow.

This all-new architecture retains the typical Quattroporte’s handling thanks to its near 50:50 weight distribution, new double-wishbone front suspension and new state-of-the-art five-link rear suspension.

The new Quattroporte also delivers new standards in quality for Maserati in every area from design, development, fabrication and process controls. It is produced in a new plant that combines Maserati’s traditions of craftsmanship with cutting-edge technologies that are able to help guarantee outstanding quality by controlling even the tiniest of details.

Arriving locally in late February, the Maserati Quattroporte S shares much of the equipment of the GTS and is, therefore, a fully equipped luxury car. Other than the powertrain, the key differences – a different style of 19 inch alloy wheel, along with a different leather design on the seats and a different wood trim – serve to provide the Twin Turbo V6 with its own visual effects inside and out.

The Maserati Quattroporte S has a price* of $240,000* while the Quattroporte GTS has a price* of $319,800*.


* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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