The fifth-generation Maserati Quattroporte has been in service since 2004. And despite its age, it’s still one of the most graceful luxury cars on the market. However the time has come to move on, and therefore, as of next year, the sixth-generation all-new Maserati Quattroporte will be taking over.
Maserati must be aware of the fact the current Quattroporte was praised for its effortless style, so they’ve been careful not to mess with the lines too much. The 2013 Quattroporte has similar proportions to its predecessor, but there’s a freshness to the design which for the most part looks good. Not too sure about those beady-little headlights yet though.
The 2013 Maserati Quattroporte is an important vehicle in the company’s limited lineup as it seeks to expand its share of the market to 50,000 units a year by 2015. Harald Wester, Maserati CEO, said of the company’s future plans and the new car: “It is a growth that will be based on three new models entering two new segments of the automobile market – and it starts with the all-new 2013 Maserati Quattroporte.”
While technical details of the 2013 Maserati Quattroporte are still thin on the ground, it’s clear the drivetrain revolves around a new V8 engine which has been developed with the help of Ferrari. In fact the engines will be produced in the Ferrari plant in Maranello. Performance numbers are currently unavailable, however Paolo Martinelli, Maserati’s Powertrain Director, says the new generation of engines will be more powerful and fuel efficient than ever before.
Aside from the new clothes and new engine, the 2013 Quattroporte also gets a chassis which has been designed and engineered to be lighter, stiffer and more accepting of different engines and transmission options.
The 2013 Maserati Quattroporte will make its world debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit this January.
UPDATED: Maserati Quattroporte Technical Details.
- All-new, Maserati-designed 3.8-litre, twin turbo V8 and 3.0-litre, twin turbo V6 engines
- Direct-injection V8 delivers 530 CV and up to 710 Nm of torque. 0-62 mph acceleration in 4.7 seconds and top speed 307km/h (191mph)
- V6 twin-turbo delivers 410CV and its 550Nm is greater than the torque peak in the outgoing Quattroporte Sport GT S
- V6 twin turbo accelerates to 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 285 km/h (177 mph)
- V8 curb weight has been reduced by almost 100 kg
- Both V8 and V6 models use an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission
- AWD system, available on V6 models, capable of redistributing torque instantly from full rear wheel drive at higher speeds to a near perfectly balanced 50/50 distribution between front and rear wheels when more traction is needed