Maserati Quattroporte

Maserati Quattroporte

  Maserati Quattroporte

We all know that the most important element of a tuning project hinges on whether the tuning company played around with the car’s engine. Sure, aesthetic and aerodynamic modifications make for great eye candy, but for the most part, the joy still lies on what kind of powertrain upgrades are done on the car.

MR Car Design opted to go to this route with their latest upgrade for the suave and sexy Maserati Quattroporte . With a powertrain that features a 4.6-liter Ferrari V8 engine, MR Car Design gave the engine a software upgrade while also adding a new custom exhaust system, bumping up the luxury saloon’s output from 400 horsepower and 339 lb/ft of torque all the way up to 430 ponies and 361 lb/ft of torque.

While the program doesn’t have a whole lot of aesthetic and aerodynamic changes, the German tuner nevertheless gave it a few tweaks here and there, including tinted windows, new tail pipe designs, a set of adjustable H&R sport springs that lowered the ride height by 20 to 30mm, and a set of 22” Vossen alloy wheels wrapped in 245/30 R22 tires at the front and 295/25 R22 tires at the back.

For a car like the Maserati Quattroporte, sometimes subtle is the way to go. Of course, it’s always a plus if the car’s already powerful engine gets a bump up too.

The current Maserati line-up includes the Quattroporte , the GranTurismo , and the GranCabrio , but things are about to get a little more populated with addition of a new sedan and a new SUV. The company has already begun developing these models and we should start see the fruits of their labor sometime in 2012, with the last model - the SUV - arriving in 2014. Before that, a new generation Quattroporte will be coming off of the production block, followed by a smaller model that will take on the likes of the BMW 5-Series .

Both sedans are being designed by Pininfarina and the Fiat Auto Centro Stile as we speak and they will be offered with either a 400-hp MultiAir-equipped, turbocharged version of the Pentastar V-6 or a 300 HP V6 turbo-diesel. The engines will be mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox that will help improve fuel consumption.

The new SUV arriving in 2014 - earlier said to be 2012 - will be the first one landing on the Maserati lineup and will be based on the Grand Cherokee platform. Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler Group and Fiat, has already confirmed that the new model will be fitted with a "rock and roll engine" from Ferrari, possibly in both V8 and V12 variants. The company has already invested $750 million for its production.

Maserati has revealed an impressive video that shows their entire line-up in action. The GranTurismo MC Stradale , the GranCabrio , the GranTurismo , and the Quattroporte are all presented showing off their stuff and tempting all of us to choose their favorite Maserati model. We couldn’t make that decision, so we’ll leave it up to you to decide which model would be the best for a perfect summer drive.

We’re big fans of Maserati anyway, but now that the company has brought the GranTurismo MC to the American market, we have many more reasons to appreciate it. We have to remind you that the MC will be the fastest model ever offered by Maserati over in the States, so if you want a pretty cool car in your garage this might be the perfect time to start saving. And save that cash fast, as we’d bet money the car will only be offered in limited numbers.

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When most companies go about creating their flagship sedan conservative feelings can prevail. Most of these companies (i.e. Mercedes , BMW , and Audi ) have been building a large four-door sedan for decades. They tend to go with a don’t fix what’s not broken mantra when updating the look, design, and feel of the car lending to a sense of evolution rather than revolution when a new model appears.

Maserati had the luxury of not really having to please anyone when they decided to build their 4-door sedan, the Quattroporte. Designers and engineers wanted the sedan to evoke more emotion than others in its class and have accomplished just that. Looking at today’s 2011 Quattroporte, it’s hard to believe that essentially the same model has been in production for six years now. It is still stunning to look at and cannot really be compared to anything in terms of design except perhaps the new Aston Martin Rapide .

After winning a slough of awards throughout its production, the Quattroporte will enter 2011 with some updates, a baby brother , and the same Ferrari sourced V8 that we all enjoy so much.

Hit the jump for more details on the 2011 Maserati Quattroporte.

Source: Maserati

Maserati has been making headlines with its engine reduction , a sub-Quattroporte , and the Maserati of tomorrow , but the Australian International Auto Show saw the current side of Maserati as it unveiled its newest special edition.

The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S MC Sportline (yeah, that’s a ridiculously long name) is basically the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS equipped with the MC Sportline package which was first unveiled for the GranTurismo S model. We haven’t heard exactly how many units of this special edition we are going to get, but the GranTurismo S only got 12 so we imagine this special edition will get the same treatment.

The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS MC Sport Line replaces all the wood trim in the standard car with carbon fiber. This material can be seen across the dashboard, the front and rear center consoles, sections of the door panels, the gear knob, and around the switchgear. The area around the instrument pack and on the gearchange paddles will also be decked out in the stuff. Each of the door sills is fitted with carbon fiber trim panels embossed with the MC Sport Line logo and the MC logo is stamped into the aluminum brake pedal.

The engine remains unchanged, so we are still working with a 4.7 liter V8 mated to sequential manual auto transmission. The difference here is that the gearbox now has a Sport mode with faster shifting times. The power remains the same at 440 hp with a peak torque of 490 Nm with a top speed of 177mph.

Press release after the jump.

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Design inspiration can come from many different places and things. Some of them are quite odd, like the new Maserati Quattroporte 2030 concept. The vehicle was designed by Yaroslav Chumachenko, a 25-year old transportation design student at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin, Italy.

This is no ordinary design though, as this car can adopt minor design changes. It can be used as an SUV, sedan, or a rear-engine sports car. While that is astounding, what really got our attention was the designer’s inspiration. Chumachenko used a dinosaur as inspiration.

We can sort of see it, as the front of the car appears to have large fangs like a dinosaur, but were not sure about the rest. The car uses a skeletal-like platform to provide flexibility. The car can change shape by using Stereolithography additive manufacturing technology.

In the safety department, those ribs will provide a sturdy structure as they are attached to the longitudinal member. As crazy as this car might be, it sure does make us wonder if these cars will ever see the light of day.

You knew already that Maserati prepares a new model placed below the Quattroporte . But while previous rumors suggested this new model won’t arrive until 2014, Inside Line now reports that the official debut will actually be made in the fall of 2011. The new "baby Quattroporte" will take on models like BMW M5 , Jaguar XFR and Mercedes E-Class AMG .

The car will be designed in-house by Fiat Centro Stile under the leadership of Fiat chief Lorenzo Ramaciotti. There was already reported that the new model will be offered in two different versions.

The first will be an entry level model priced at around $68,000 and powered by a V8 engine. The second version will be a more powerful one that will be about 20% more expensive. While Maserati has offered no details on the platform that will be used for the new model, it is believed it will combine elements from both the next-generation Quattroporte, as well as the replacements for the current GranTurismo and GranCabrio .

Source: Inside Line

Earlier this year, we had the privilege of showing you a truly one-of-a-kind Maserati Quattroporte . It didn’t come with a carload of unique features or state-of-the-art gadgetry, but it did make a person consider how he’d want to have his last ride on the planet be; on a car that’s replete with style and luxury.

Months after we introduced the Maserati Quattroporte funeral hearse, we finally see the car out on the road, albeit it stowed behind a trailer. Regardless of what you may think of the Quattroporte hearse, you have to give a ton of credit to Maserati for having one of its own turned into, well, this. You don’t see any Ferrari hearses out on the road, do you?

We don’t know where the Quattroporte funeral hearse was headed, but we’re assuming that it’s some place that isn’t bouncing with joy and laughter. That being said, there’s something to admire about a person being transported to their resting place in a Quattroporte; at the very least, that person sure knows how to ride out of this world in style.

Source: You Tube

The Maserati Biturbo was a two-door, four-seater sports car introduced by Maserati in 1981. However, it was listed in the 50 worst cars of all times. Now, Maserati has decided to give the flop another chance. The car is already known as the "baby Quattroporte" or "Maseratina", but the production version will use a different name.

The "baby Quattroporte" will be positioned under the next generation Quattroporte which will be increasing its size prior to its debut in 2012. Not only will the mini sports car have its own place in the lineup, but it will also be designed as a replacement for the Alfa Romeo 166 in the Italian car representation.

The new Biturbo will be developed on the new Chrysler 300C platform and will be powered by a Pentastar 3.6 liter V6 twin turbo engine producing a total of 400 hp.

Expect the official debut to be at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show with about 10,000 units set for production every year thereafter.

Source: Autoblog.it

There’s an old Russian saying that, when translated literally, states that "trouble never comes alone." Mel Gibson is getting to know that saying very well, and it’s not all attributed to his Russian ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva. After a DUI in 2006 and the current, ongoing investigation for domestic violence against Oksana, Gibson has also recently crashed his 2008 Maserati Quattroporte into a rocky hillside. The incident occurred on Sunday evening while Gibson was driving on a difficult section of Malibu Canyon Road. Thankfully, or not depending on how you look at it, the actor was only traveling at low speeds so he was not hurt during the ordeal. The Maserati sustained injuries to the right front fender and front wheel totaling about $20,000 in damages.

The California Highway Patrol said they did not suspect Gibson of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the crash occurred. However, police reportedly asked Gibson if he had been talking on a mobile phone at the time of the accident. The actor denied doing so.

This guy is having a bad year.

Source: WSJ

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