In recent years, documentaries about how stuff gets built have become more and more popular. So, the guys at Alfa Romeo have decided to proudly show us some details on how the 4C sports car is being built. And they do have some moments to be proud of, as all of you with a car geek soul will see in the pics and video below.
With a range that is almost entirely of European fame, Alfa Romeo really needs some added excitement up if it’s going to be a success in the US. The hype was started by the beautiful and lavishly exclusive 8C Competizione/Spider. But, as that sports car ended production, so did the buzz surrounding it, and there is no better time for a smaller, more affordable sibling. Especially if it’s going to be produced in larger numbers.
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A few months after Maserati unveiled the all-new fifth generation Quattroporte, the Italian manufacturer has revived one of its most famous nameplates for the brand-new 2014 Ghibli. The original Ghibli was produced from 1967 until 1973. It was followed up by the Ghibli II, which was built between 1992 and 1997. However whereas both these cars were only available as either a two door coupe or convertible, the 2014 Ghibli is a four-door executive saloon.
The new Maserati Ghibli will make its world debut later this month at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show. The car is positioned to offer a sportier character than its larger, more luxurious and more expensive bigger brother. The Ghibli will be offered with a choice of three different engines, two based around the same turbocharged 3.0 litre V6, the most powerful of the two is said to boast around 410 horsepower. The third engine on offer is the company’s first diesel engine – which comes in the form of a 3.0 litre V6 turbo.
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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.
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Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era (not this time!), and you vote for the one you find most appealing.
Today’s dual is between a pair of luxury barges. Both past their best, and both a bit different. One is Italian and one is British. One is considerably older than the other. And one is considerably uglier than the other.
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Maserati are apparently working on a new, more hardcore sports car to take on the Porsche 911. At the moment Maserati’s lineup include the luxurious Quattroporte and the GranTurismo sports tourer. Currently Maserati’s most powerful and sporting vehicle is the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. But even that is held back by its size and weight meaning it’s better suited to long distance mile-chomping than back-road blasts.
Auto Express say that Maserati’s new car, possibly named the GranSport, is based on the upcoming Alfa Romeo 4C. That means a mid-engine layout, and Ferrari have been tasked with developing a turbocharged V6 engine for the car. 450 horsepower is the target figure, and as a further boost to performance the new Maserati will be significantly lighter than the GranTurismo.
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CDC International Ltd. have just released images and specifications for their performance package tailored for the Maserati Quattroporte. CDC’s upgrades include changes to the exterior, interior and drivetrain. As usual a generous amount of unpainted carbon-fiber makes its way into the aero kit, which includes a new front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper, diffuser, roof spoiler, rear spoiler, and new mirror housings.
Using a newly developed twin-turbocharger system with intercooling, CDC have managed to raise the power output to 572 hp and 420 lb-ft (570 Nm) of torque. That’s comfortably more than even the top-spec Maserati Quattroporte GT S can manage at 450 horsepower. Aside from the turbochargers the CDC Quattroporte also features a variable-sound sports exhaust which can be switched between respectably quiet, and ridiculously loud.
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The 2020 Maserati GranTurismo concept was developed by a quartet of designers under the supervision of FIAT – Maserati’s parent company. All four – Georgios Gougoulakis, Michal Cerva, Cesar Ferreira Pieri, and Andrea Urso – are graduates of the Transportation and Automobile design course at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy.
The primary aim of the project was to design a next-generation GranTurismo which would be instantly recognisable as a Maserati, with or without the badges. In order to achieve this, the designers were careful not to radically alter the car’s overall proportions, while also adding their own futuristic twist to Maserati’s most iconic model.
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Maserati chose the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show to unveil their latest model, the Kubang. The Maserati Kubang is a luxury SUV which is based on a Jeep platform. The Kubang’s styling previews a look which will propagate across the brand’s other models in the near future.
The Kubang is named after a concept which Maserati developed back in 2003. That too was an SUV, but it never got past the prototype stage due to all the issues and costs of developing an entirely new vehicle. But now, thanks to Maserati’s Jeep connections (through Fiat and Chrysler’s tie-up), the Grand Cherokee’s platform is available, meaning the Italians don’t have to engineer the car from scratch. The Kubang’s engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, suspension, brakes and steering will all be engineered by the Maserati Product Development Department. While the bodywork was created by the Maserati Style Center in Modena.
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