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Maserati GranSport Back on the Table?

by on Apr.22, 2013, under Cars, Maserati Quattroporte

Rumor has it that the on-again, off-again Maserati version of the Alfa 4C could be back on the table. Our guess: a twin-turbo V6 could be just the ticket.
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On again, off again. That’s been the saga of the rumored Maserati GranSport. The idea emerged shortly after Alfa Romeo unveiled the 4C concept, a vehicle which sister-company Maserati will build for Alfa just like it did with the previous 8C Competizione and Spyder. Harald Wester, who presides over both the brands, has hinted that Maserati would like to do its own version. But while recent reports indicated that Maserati had scrapped such plans, the latest indicate that it could be back on the table.
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The apparent trouble is that, while the Alfa 4C’s carbon monocoque chassis makes for an excellent starting point, shoehorning in a larger engine (like the V8 Maserati was earlier reportedly considering) could throw the balance way off. Has the Trident marque found a way around the problem? Auto Express seems to think so, but then it’s been known to exaggerate, and all it seems to be going on at the moment is a response Wester reportedly gave to journalists in Shanghai asking about the prospect of a Maserati version of the 4C: “It’s a nice idea,” is all he said.
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Maserati was in Shanghai to unveil a pair of V6-powered sedans, which only makes us wonder if the Modenese automaker could be preparing to slot its new twin-turbo six into the 4C’s chassis. (It would, after all, split the difference between the four-cylinder Alfa and the eight-cylinder Ferrari 458 Italia, from which it would need to steer clear). In the Ghibli and Quattroporte, the V6 is offered in 330- and 410-horsepower specifications, both of which are significantly more than the 4C’s 237 hp – which is still enough to rocket the Alfa to 62 in 4.5 seconds. Add an extra turbocharger and a couple of cylinders and just imagine what Maserati’s version could do.

Via carbuzz.com

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All-New 2014 Maserati Quattroporte Officially Revealed, will Premiere at Detroit Auto Show

by on Feb.21, 2013, under Auto Review Specs, Maserati Quattroporte

All-New 2014 Maserati Quattroporte Officially Revealed, will Premiere at Detroit Auto Show

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2014-Maserati-Quattroporte (1)

 

Maserati has yanked the covers off the all-new, sixth generation Quattroporte luxury sports sedan prior to its first public appearance at the upcoming 2013 North American Auto Show (NAIA) in Detroit in mid-January and before sales begin later in the same year.

The Italian carmaker released an initial batch of photos of both the exterior and interior of its flagship sedan model, but for the time being, it is not divulging any specific details about the car with which it will be represented in the luxury segment with rivals such as the BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Jaguar XJ.

Lorenzo Ramaciotti, Head of Maserati Design Centre, explains: “Its style was born out of the guiding design principles of Maserati: harmony of shapes, dynamism of lines and Italian elegance. More generous in size when compared to the previous model, the new Quattroporte has a design that is at once graceful and sinuous, fashioned to bring out the sporty nature of the car.”

He continued: “Some of the elements characterising the previous model have been purposely maintained: the front grille, the three side vents and the triangular C pillar. At the same time new style and functional features have been introduced: the strong belt line that runs through the entire side of the car giving the new Quattroporte a look and feel that is at once muscular and elegant, with frameless doors and three side windows.”

The interior design of the Italian sports saloon is minimalistic and elegant, with Maserati saying that it also offers more space.

“Inside, the design of the Quattroporte aims at essentiality, stressing the simplicity of lines and the full functionality of the on-board instrumentation,” said Ramaciotti. “Functional elements are blended with soft quality surfaces made of prestigious woods and refined leathers”.
According to Maserati, the 2014 Quattroporte will be powered by an “all new, next generation powertrain” designed and developed by Maserati and Ferrari engineers and built at Ferrari’s Maranello plant.

“Passion is indeed the middle name of a whole new generation of Maserati engines that will equip the all-new Maserati Quattroporte and the models that will soon follow it on the market,” explained Paolo Martinelli, Maserati Powertrain Director.

“Passion and state-of-the-art technology, both at the heart of all the new Maserati engines that will be mounted on the next generation of Maserati vehicles, have produced engines that are not only more powerful than ever, or more exciting to drive than ever – but also more fuel efficient than ever before.”

Commenting on the introduction, Maserati CEO Harald Wester said that the new Quattroporte is one of three new models being prepared by the company, the other two being the Ghibli mid-size sedan and the Levante crossover (based on the Kubang study).

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“Maserati stands today at the edge of an unparalleled strategic and industrial growth that will see our presence in the world rise to 50,000 units a year by 2015,” said Wester. “This growth is a challenge for which Maserati has carefully prepared itself and that we all welcome with anticipation.”
He continued: “It is a growth based on those values of style, elegance, quality and performance for which Maserati has always been recognised and praised in almost 100 years of history. This exciting progression will make the new Maserati a true global player with two new production sites in two different continents and a heart solidly planted in Modena, Italy, where our roots are.

“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.”

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