Maserati is an Italian automaker with a long tradition on the market, as it was established on December 1, 1914. Now, the trident-wielding company is preparing to celebrate its centennial with a limited edition Quattroporte developed in cooperation with Ermenegildo Zegna.
This limited edition will feature new colors, materials and trims inspired by Zenga - a leading men’s’ fashion group. This is the first model to be developed under a new three-year agreement signed between the two companies, but Maserati announced that a whole range of new optional trims by Zegna will be available for all models by 2015.
The Maserati Quattroporte Limited Edition by Ermenegildo Zegna will be limited to only 100 units. Each customer will also receive a unique collection of accessories by Zegna.
This special edition will be unveiled during one of the upcoming international auto shows, but unfortunately Maserati did not revealed exactly which one.
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Note: Standard Maserati Quattroporte pictured here. Full story
Out of the shadows of Barrett-Jackson, a similar charity event was held at the Naples Winter Wine Festival in Florida recently. One of the auction pieces that drew frenzied bidding from the gathered crowd was a 2014 Maserati Quattroporte, one of the first production models of its kind to find an owner.
Having just made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the sixth-generation Quattroporte was one of the most-heavily bid-on items in the auction, generating an impressive total of $340,000. Apparently, being one of the first to own one of the early production models was more than enough reason for bidders to go gaga over it.
In the end, the $340,000 was an impressive amount, particularly because proceeds from the auction, including the amount generated from the 2014 Quattroporte auction, will benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation. All in all, the auction raised more than $8.5 million for a number of different charities, an endeavor that’s always marked with good tidings from everyone in the auto industry.
As for the new owner of the 2014 Quattroporte, you got a really good one, sir. The latest-generation Quattraporte is one awesome luxury car.
We are still awaiting the release of the all-new 2014 Quattroporte, and to say we are “patiently” waiting is an overstatement. Maserati is nearing its breaking point as its competition, which includes BMW, Mercedes and Jaguar, are running away with all of the profits, as the trident-bearing brand continues to pull up the rear in the sales race.
This all-new Quattroporte is a huge part of Maserati’s plans to increase its total sales to 50,000 units per year by 2015. So, needless to say, there is a lot riding on this release and we don’t want to see this famed brand get the axe. Maserati has already released tons of high-res images for us to see, but we have never actually seen the Quattroporte in action. That is, until today.
Maserati took the upcoming performance sedan to the Balocco Proving Grounds in early September 2012 and performed some night testing. This testing process was filmed and Maserati has released this film for us to see. Along with seeing the Quattroporte in action, we also get an earful of what to expect from the sedan. Unfortunately, we do not get an earful of the twin-turbo six-cylinder pumping away, but there is plenty of information passed along.
Check out the above video to get a good look at the upcoming model.
Maserati is continuing its exclusive "Factory Tour" presentation with a new video that reveals details on the production process of the Quattroporte luxury sedan. The video reveals every development detail starting with the construction of the bodywork all the way up to choosing the colors for the interior leather.
After the Quattroporte is produced, each model will need to pass an intense session of testings: water test, dynamic test bench and the final fit check. If everything goes well, the Quattroporte is set to be delivered to the dealerships where it awaits its future customers.
In the development of each model, Maserati is following a tradition with the search for perfection in every detail. Every single Maserati work puts the Trident’s whole history on wheels, carrying with it a roll-call of unrivalled racing achievements, interiors of flawless splendour, and unmistakable, stylish design.
That’s how Maserati has earned its reputation as a premier Italian automaker. And certainly, that’s how it’s made a name for itself in the industry.
For part 1 of Maserati’s factory tour, hop on over after the jump.. Full story
The last time we have caught the 2014 Maserati Ghibli testing it nothing more than a modified Quattroporte body. Today, however, the first real prototype for the new, smaller Maserati has been spied and we have the images for you!
Maserati engineers have camouflaged this prototype to look like the old Quattroporte test cars we saw early in 2012, but they couldn’t foul anyone. At a quick comparison, it is clear that this Ghibli test car is not as long as the Quattroporte test cars, with the most noticeable length difference being at the rear doors. It is also easy to notice that just like with the Quattroporte test cars from last year, this Ghibli test car is features fake camouflage panels on the rear half of the roofline.
The upcoming Ghibli is codenamed "M157" and will aim to compete with models like BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class. It is rumored that the next Ghibli will be built on a modified version of the Chrysler 300 chassis and will be feature more Chrysler technology than Maserati.
Under the hood it will be feature a turbocharged version of Chrysler’s 3.5-liter Pentastar V-6 with an output of about 375 to 400 horsepower. Along with the V-6, Maserati will also offer the same Ferrari-sourced V-8 used in the new Quattroporte. Both engines will be mated to an 8-speed, ZF transmission.
Expect to see the new Maserati Ghibli launched sometime in 2013.
We already know that the Maserati Quattroporte will be getting a smaller engine in order to reduce fuel consumption, which is something that is quite a trend nowadays. But while the Quattroporte’s competitors, such as the Audi A8 and the Porsche Panamera 4, are making their vehicles longer, Maserati says that their sedan "will not get any bigger."
"Even though our rivals – such as the new Audi A8 – are getting longer, we have to keep it as a sporty alternative," said Fiat design boss Lorenzo Ramaciotti. The new model made its official debut today, and as Maserati officially announced it will combine old and new in an attempt to create a model that will help the Italian company to achieve their sales goal of 50,000 units a year by 2015.
UPDATE 12/12/2012: UPDATE 12/12/2012: Maserati has released 40 new high-resolution images for the new Quattroporte and also confirmed the engine lineup for the "fastest four-door Maserati ever built." Customers will have to choose between a 3.8-litre V8 and a 3.0-litre V6, both of which are all new and twin turbo charged. Most powerful version can hit a top speed of 191 mph. Full details after the jump.
UPDATE 01/14/13: Maserati has released a new promo video for the all-new Quattroporte, highlighting the flagship sedan’s traits as a fascination for fans of the Italian automaker. Check it out by clicking on the photo above.
Updated 02/08/2013: Maserati has unveiled a new video presenting the new generation Quattroporte during extreme testings at the legendary Nürburgring track. Enjoy!
UPDATE 03/19/13: Another new video of the new generation Quattroporte has gone live. This time, it’s all about the Quattroporte S Q4 and all of its capabilities. Check it out by clicking on the photo above!
Hit the jump to read more about the next generation Maserati Quattroporte. Full story
We’ve caught the sixth generation Maserati Quattroporte testing many times, but each time, the car was still heavily camouflaged. Well, not anymore! Today, our spy photographers have caught the car testing somewhere in Italy and, as seen in the images, the prototype is in less cladding then ever before.
The new Quattroporte will be moved to an entirely new rear-wheel drive platform that will use lightweight aluminum in an attempt to reduce the car’s total weight. On the exterior, it will adopt a much sharper design with elements inspired by the latest GranTurismo models.
Rumors say that the new Quattroporte will be offered with two new engines developed by Ferrari at the Maranello factory: a turbocharged V8 engine and a supercharged V6 engine, both mated to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Maserati Quattroporte’s official specifications will be announced in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned!
As you probably have noticed we have had tons of recalls in the past few months. It started with 10-20 units recalled here and there and culminated with the monstrous 7.4 million units recalled announced by Toyota. And now Maserati is also joining the recalling list with a total of 485 2012 Quattroporte, Granturismo, GranCabrio, and Granturismo MC vehicles.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) may malfunction due to a software error, preventing the driver from being notified of a low tire pressure situation. And if the driver will continue using the vehicle with a tire that has low air pressure, the tire may fail, increasing the risk of a crash.
So, if you drive such a more you should contact your local dealer and you’ll have the TPMS control unit replaced free of charge. The campaign is expected to begin in early November 2012. You may contact Maserati at 1-201-816-2600 in order to find out more details about the recall.
Maserati has kept itself busy during the 2012 Paris Motor Show: Not only did they unveil the new GranCabrio MC, but they also announced the names of three much-awaited future Maserati products. The new vehicles will join the company’s line-up in an attempt to hit a sales target of 50,000 units per year by 2015.
The first model to arrive on the market will be the new generation Quattroporte - a sports luxury sedan that will continue the 50-year success story that began in 1963. If rumors are to be trusted, we will see this model in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show.
Next, there will be the long rumored baby Quattroporte - a new high-end E segment four-door sedan. The new model will be called Ghibli – a name used on a Gran Turismo car produced between 1966–73 and then from 1992–97. It will arrive on the market a few months after the new generation Quattroporte.
Finally, the production version of the Kubang Concept will be called the Levante. The SUV takes its name from the Via Emilia Levante in Bologna, where the Maserati brothers, almost a century ago, dreamt of the company that today still bears their name. The Levante will be unveiled in 2014 - just in time to celebrate Maserati’s centennial.
The new Maserati Quattroporte has been making quite the rounds in public recently. Two months ago, we saw the Italian automaker’s flagship luxury sedan putting in some work at Ferrari’s Fiorano race circuit and now a new sighting of the Quattroporte at the Brenner motorway near the Italian border has been captured on video by the folks from Autoblog.it.
Prior reports have claimed that the Quattroporte will carry a turbocharged V8 engine under its hood. While we won’t know for sure until the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, there are also rumors flying around that one powertrain option will be a 4.7-liter V8 engine that can produce 475 horsepower and will be mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
This video captured of the new Quattroporte doesn’t come close enough to warrant an audible sound of the engine, but the previous spy video seems to suggest that there could be some "turbo-ness" to the Quattrporte’s engine.
Stick around these pages and we’ll be sure to have more updates of Maserati’s new flagship, luxury sedan in the coming months leading up to its debut in Detroit next year. There’s something about this car that we feel has yet to be revealed and we’re no less excited than all of you to find out what it could be.