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2nd November, 2015

Maserati has expanded its Quattroporte range for 2016 with the addition of a new variant powered by the 330 bhp version of its twin turbo V6 engine providing a blend of the performance expected of a Maserati combined with fuel and emissions figures that are the lowest ever offered by a petrol-powered Quattroporte.

Not to be outdone, the other three variants of the Quattroporte have all had their engines upgraded to the latest Euro6 standard, providing fuel and emission improvements of up to 12 per cent over the engines they replace. The new engines also all offer Stop/Start technology.

In addition the powertrain changes, Maserati has also taken the opportunity to boost equipment levels in its range topping models. The new equipment includes Blind Spot Alert and Rear Cross Path both of which warn drivers of cars that would otherwise be invisible and which could be in danger of colliding with the Quattroporte. Ease of use is enhanced with the new power operated boot, which in addition to be able to be operated remotely using the key, it is also possible to open and close the boot simply by waving a foot under the rear bumper.

With the addition of the premium Harmon Kardon sound system as standard in all versions of the Quattroporte, there is a substantial improvement in the sound systemís power and quality, with an increase of 300 watts in power and a new 12 channel amplifier powering 12 Harmon Kardon speakers each with an audio response designed specifically for the Quattroporteís interior.

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Further enhancements include auto dipping door and interior mirrors and Easy Entry remote door release for the driverís door. The voice activated Siri Personal Assistant makes full use of the Maserati Telematics System even easier and more intuitive with the full range of features on iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The new engine range

The Maserati Quattroporte now offers a choice of four different powertrains, each honed to provide the unique Maserati performance experience, but each with its own district character and range of abilities, from the epic performance of the 3.8 litre Twin Turbo V8 with its breathtaking performance, through to the unique blend of performance and long range providing fuel economy of the 3.0 litre Turbo Diesel. The range now offers two Twin Turbo V6 engines with a choice of 410 bhp or 330 bhp. All are matched to an eight speed gearbox, of a range of electronic programmes Ė Sport, Normal and ICE Ė to optimise the Quattroporte for all driving conditions and suspension tuned to each variantís drivetrain.

The 3.8-litre V8 Twin Turbo V8 engine used in the Quattroporte GTS flagship is a perfect exemplification of Maseratiís performance tradition; itís a EURO 6 compliant engine featuring a 12 per cent reduction in emissions compared to EURO 5 engines.

The engine produces 390 kW (530bhp) of power at 6,800 rpm and accompanies this with 650 Nm of torque from 2,000 rpm to 4,000 rpm. This maximum normal torque figure can be overboosted to 710 Nm from 2,250 rpm to 3,500 rpm. These figures represent the highest specific power output in the class, with 139 bhp/litre, and the best specific torque as well, with 171 Nm per litre.

Its combination of a lighter body design and a stronger engine give the Quattroporte the best power-to-weight ratio in the class, too, with just 3.6 kg for each horsepower.

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These engine figures help the Quattroporte to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds, making the Quattroporte the fastest accelerating four-door car in Maseratiís history.

The V6 Twin Turbo engine powering the Quattroporte S bears a close relationship to the V8, sharing some of its core components and incorporating EURO 6 homologation. With 301 kW (410 bhp) of power at 5,500 rpm, the V6 Twin Turbo 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 6,500 rpm maximum speed and delivering its torque peak 1,000 rpm sooner. While itís specific power output is slightly lower (at 137 bhp per litre), its specific torque is actually higher than that of the V8, at 183 Nm per litre.

It is also a lighter car, weighing 1,900 kg in its rear-wheel drive configuration. In its rear-wheel drive lay out, the V6 Twin Turbo accelerates to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds.

The V6 achieves a fuel consumption rating of 9.6 litres/100 km on the combined test cycle. Like the V8 Twin Turbo, the V6 Twin Turbo, with its parallel turbo chargers, was developed by Maserati Powertrain in partnership with Ferrari Powertrain and is built by Ferrari in its engine construction facility in Maranello.

The newest addition the range is the 330 bhp Quattroporte, powered by the EURO 6 3.0-litre Twin Turbo V6 engine which like its petrol powered brethren was designed by Maserati and is being manufactured by Ferrari in Maranello for the exclusive use of Maserati.

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With 330 bhp at 5,000 rpm, the V6 in the Quattroporte delivers a powerful drive with a torque figure of 500 Nm between 1,750 rpm and 4,500 rpm. It delivers 90 per cent of its 500 Nm of torque from just 1,600 rpm enabling the latest addition to the Quattroporte range to boast a genuine sporty Maserati character with an acceleration of 5.6 seconds from zero to 100 km/h.

At the same time, thanks to its downsized engine, the Quattroporte achieves the lowest ever petrol consumption in its 50 year history with a rating of 9.1 litres/100 km.

Maseratiís first diesel engine, a 3.0-litre V6 Turbo, has been specifically developed by VM Motori according to Maseratiís requirements in terms of performance, efficiency and driving satisfaction.

These features lend this Maserati the dynamic characteristics that have distinguished all Maserati power units. The Quattroporte Diesel delivers 600 Nm of torque between 2,000-2,600 rpm and a maximum power of 275 bhp at 4,000 rpm. The engine accelerates the Quattroporte from 0-100 km/h acceleration in 6.4 seconds. With Start&Stop function and a fuel consumption rating of 6.2 l/100 km (combined) the Maserati Quattroporte is also highly efficient.

With the Maserati Active Sound technology the Quattroporte Diesel exhaust system produces a characteristic Maserati exhaust note that demonstrates the sporting nature of the car and can be varied at the touch of a button.

Maserati Quattroporte Price* (MLP*)

Quattroporte Turbo Diesel from $210,000*
Quattroporte 330 bhp from $215,000*
Quattroporte S 410 bhp from $240,000*
Quattroporte GTS Twin Turbo V8 from $331,000*


* 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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