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2014 Maserati Quattroporte Preview

12/27/2012
Fast Facts:

  • Redesigned Maserati flagship luxury sport sedan
  • Lighter, longer, roomier, with a bigger trunk
  • 4-passenger seating
  • Ferrari-sourced V-6 or V-8 engine
  • Optional all-wheel-drive system
  • Adaptive suspension with Comfort and Sport settings
  • Maserati Touch Control (MTC) infotainment system
  • Dual-screen rear entertainment system option
  • On sale in June 2013

Introduction
In its collective global markets, Maserati says it plans to sell 50,000 total units annually by 2015. The redesigned 2014 Quattroporte is key to that strategy, in addition to a new 2014 Maserati Ghibli midsize luxury sport sedan and the 2015 Maserati Levante SUV (based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee). The new 2014 Quattroporte is the first to arrive, and officially debuts at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Exterior Features
According to Maserati, weight reduction was a key part of the 2014 Quattroporte sedan's redesign, and the car has lost 186 pounds in base format despite a 6.5-inch stretch in overall length and a 4.3-inch increase in wheelbase. More than half of the Quattroporte's exterior panels are constructed of aluminum, which helps reduce the car's overall weight. Famed Italian design house Pininfarina styled the new 2014 Quattroporte. The current model's basic grille, tri-port side vent, and rear roof pillar design themes are repeated for the new 2014 Quattroporte, and the new model is equipped with frameless doors, quad exhaust outlets, and 19- or 20-inch aluminum wheels.

Interior Features
Maserati says the 2014 Quattroporte sedan's interior "aims at essentiality." In other words, the Quattroporte strives for simplicity rendered in leather and wood.

Push-button starting is standard, and the button is located to the left of the steering column, similar to a Porsche Panamera. The dashboard contains a 7-inch color Maserati Touch Control (MTC) display screen, and a Garmin-powered navigation system is standard. The new Quattroporte offers 4-passenger seating, including individual rear seats separated by a large center console. A dual flat-screen rear-seat entertainment system is optional for the all-new Quattroporte.

Maserati has also increased the Quattroporte's trunk volume, increasing it from 15.9 cubic feet to 18.7 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
Engineered by Maserati and Ferrari, and built in Ferrari's Maranello, Italy, assembly plant, a new engine family launches with the 2014 Quattroporte. Maserati calls them "more powerful than ever, more exciting to drive than ever, (and) more eco-friendly than ever."

The standard engine is a 3.0-liter V-6 generating 404 horsepower, and a new 8-speed automatic transmission drives the rear wheels. All-wheel drive is optional with the V-6 engine.

When the new 2014 Quattroporte goes on sale in June 2013, it will have a twin-turbocharged, direct-injection, 3.8-liter V-8 engine rated to deliver 523 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 524 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,250 and 3,500 rpm. The 8-speed automatic is standard with this engine, exclusively driving the rear wheels. Maserati says the new Quattroporte V-8 will accelerate to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and achieve a top speed of 191 mph.

The Quattroporte V-6 is equipped with standard 19-inch aluminum wheels, while the Quattroporte V-8 supplies 20-inch aluminum wheels equipped with Pirelli P-Zero performance tires. Hydraulic, rather than electric, steering is standard, and the V-8 model offers an adaptive suspension with Comfort and Sport settings, ventilated and cross-drilled Brembo braking components, and an exhaust system sourced from Faurecia.

Technology
The new 2014 Maserati Quattroporte is equipped with a 7-inch color MTC that the driver will use to access the new car's infotainment features. An automatic climate control system is located below the screen, and a twin flat-screen entertainment system is available for the rear-seat occupants.

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