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Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S World Premiere at IAA

 

 

20th September, 2007

Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S

The new Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last week. The Quattroporte Sport GT S is an expression of Maseratiís sportiness. Intended for those looking for a luxury sedan ahead of the release of competitive models from Aston Martin and Porsche, the Quattroporte Sport GT S, equipped with an automatic 6-speed gearbox, competes with highly respected models from Bentley and Maybach. But in this class of vehicle, the stunning Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG is considered difficult to beat!

The Quattroporte Sport GT S sits 10 mm lower at the front and 25 mm at the rear, and also features new, stiffer springs and dampers. The lower ride height and better rigidity in the suspension system have led to a welcome reduction in the roll and pitch angles, in the weight transfer and also to a slight increase in lateral acceleration. In everyday driving, this translates into limited body movements, with improvements in terms of agility, as well as travel speed through and traction coming out of curves. The result is a car that feels much improved, making other Quattroporte models less desirable.

The Quattroporte Sport GT S also boasts another major new development: a unique braking system developed in collaboration with Brembo. This innovative technology uses composite dual-cast discs, the first time such a set up has been used in a road car.

Unlike traditional cast iron discs, dual-cast discs are made of two materials, cast iron and aluminium, to ensure optimised braking, improving performance in the most extreme conditions and providing greater resistance to fade even at the highest temperatures. The dual-cast disc consists of a cast iron braking surface and an aluminium hat, making it possible to combine the advantages of heat-resistance provided by cast iron with the lightweight properties of aluminium. In particular, the use of aluminium, which is generally 20% lighter than cast iron, made it possible to increase the diameter of the front discs up to 360 mm, while maintaining the same weight. In addition to improving the performance of the braking system, other advantages of the dual-casting of these materials include driving comfort, less wear on the discs and pads, and better component performance.

The Quattroporte Sport GT Sís braking system also features new mono-block, six-piston front brake callipers and new tyres have been developed especially for this car (front 245/35-R20 and rear 295/30-R20). The larger rear ground footprint allows optimum use of the V8ís 400 hp, whilst the new tyre mix helps the brakes and set-up to provide a level of handling and driving emotion.

The fuel economy is heavy, but it uses 9% less fuel compared to the Quattroporte DuoSelect in non-urban driving.

The Quattroporte Sport GT Sís exterior features a more aggressive look. The black-chrome mesh grille, an element of sporty Maseratis, is joined by a series of aesthetic elements: the side window trims and the two double exhaust pipes are also in black, whilst door handles are in the same colour as the body of the car.

The Quattroporte Sport GT S is fitted with dark-chrome 20", seven spoke alloy wheels.

Even the interior reflects the 'character' of the car, thanks to a selection of materials which celebrate the 'nature' of the latest Maserati flagship vehicle. The interior finish features carbon-fibre with aluminium treads.

The front seats offer a level of lateral support and are distinguished by the design of the seat and backrest. Thanks to a cosseting shape, they ensure a level of comfort as well as support for the upper body and legs in sporty driving.

The interior of the Quattroporte GT S combines the traditional Poltrona Frau leather and Alcantara, which covers the central sections of the seats, the door panels and the rim of the steering wheel. Available in five colours (Beige, Pearl Beige, Grigio-Grey, Nero-Black, and Blu Trofeo), Alcantara, beside giving customers a further personalisation option, also offers better grip.



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