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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 BMW , Mercedes 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 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’s long history began on December 1, 1914 and during this period, the company only managed to hit a production plan of 6,159 units a year (2012). The future, however, looks completely different, asthe Italian company plans to hit a sales target of 50,000 units per year by 2015.

In order to achieve this sales target, Maserati plans to add three new models to its lineup — a new sedan placed under the current Quattroporte , a SUV and a new baby sports car.

The first to arrive will be a small sedan, which was previously confirmed as the Ghibli . It will be launched sometime next year and will be priced at about €55,000 (about $73k at the current exchange rates). In 2014, Maserati will bring a new SUV, the Levante, to the market. It was previewed by the Kubang concept and will be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s platform, but it will feature unique styling details. The Levante will be priced at €60,000 (about $80k).

2015 will be the busiest year for Maserati. First, the company will bring the next-generation GranTurismo and GranCabrio into production and a new sports car, which is rumored to be called GranSport . This latter model will target the Porsche 911 and will carry a base price of about €80,000 to €90,000 ($105,800 to $119,050).

So, keep an eye out for big changes in our favorite trident-bearing brand, as it morphs into a more mainstream auto manufacturer.

Source: WCF
Maserati GranSport

Rumors about a new Alfa 4C-based sports car from Maserati have been circulating for quite some time now, but now in an interview with AutoCar, Maserati boss Harald Wester has revealed more details on the not-yet-confirmed Porsche 911 rival. According to Wester, a 911 competitor is a key part of the company’s future plans of improving its sales number by up to 50,000 units a year by 2015.

This potential Porsche 911 competitor — rumored to be called GranSport — may be powered by either a twin-turbo V-6 or a twin-turbo V-8 with an output between 450 and 550 horsepower. Speculation points toward he model weighing about 1,400 kg (3,086 pounds) and it is believed to come in either rear-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive versions — RWD for V-6 engine and AWD for the V-8 one.

Rumors are also suggesting that the engines will mate to a new dual-clutch auto gearbox developed by Ferrari. When it goes on sale, which is thought to be sometime in 2015, is will be priced at about £100,000 ($161,500 at the current exchange rates).

We’ll keep you updated with more details as they roll out.

Source: AutoCar

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 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..

Maserati Ghibli

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.

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Maserati Kubang

With Maserati already juggling the development of many new models to increase its lineup, like the next gen Gran Turismo , Levante , Ghibli and a new flagship GT car, it has to be nearing the multitasking breaking point with this latest rumor. Said rumor is pointing toward the Trident-bearing brand developing a compact crossover to round out its lineup..

While the larger Levante is all set to compete against luxury SUVs like the Range Rover Sport , this smaller crossover has the Range Rover Evoque and Audi Q5 in its crosshairs. So, like its unannounced rival, the Porsche Macan, expect the design to be as wild and hot as the Evoque’s. With Pininfarina behind it, that’s not a tough task to undertake.

Like the Levante, which is based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the compact crossover will be based on a next-gen Jeep. The Jeep model in question will be the upcoming Liberty, which shares its platform – called the Compact U.S. Wide platform – with the Dodge Dart, Fiat Viaggio and the upcoming Alfa Romeo Giulia .

With Fiat’s aggressive lineup for Maserati, it looks like many more fans may be able to step foot into a Maserati of their own.

Image Note: The image above is of the Kubang, not the rumored compact crossover

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 Ram Ram aciotti. 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 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.

Maserati’s future looks quite promising. It has just unveiled the new Quattroporte , and we are waiting to see the production versions of the Kubang concept and the yet-to-be-named sports car below the current GranTurismo . However, it looks like these are not the only models to be offered by the company, as Autoweek is reporting, via a Maserati employee, that Maserati will soon offer up a new sports car placed above the current GranTurismo.

Said employee told the magazine that this won’t be just a special edition of the current GranTurismo, but an entirely new model with completely different bodywork and with a more powerful engine. We believe this engine to be a more powerful version of the current twin-turbocharged V-8 developed for the new Quattroporte.

No other details have been provided, but rumors say the new car will arrive on the market by 2015.

Stay tuned for more details!

Source: Autoweek.nl
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Maserati Mc12

With rumors floating that the development of a new Maserati MC12 based on the Ferrari F70 was underway, we contacted Maserati to confirm whether this rumor was true or not. Unfortunately, Maserati denies the development of a future supercar based on the Ferrari Ferrari F70 — the spiritual successor to the Maserati MC12. On the bright side, if there is customer demand for a supercar from the Trident, the board might consider the development of one. So, fingers crossed!

The MC12 was basically the Maserati body placed atop a Ferrari Enzo chassis, with a few homemade touches. It was powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that was left behind on the Enzo’s chassis. Though the MC12 had a longer and more curvacious body than the Enzo that promised low-drag coefficient, the Enzo (F60) was faster by about 12.5 mph. Production of the MC12 ended in 2005 with only 50 examples being produced. With the rarity of the MC12, if you want to snag up one of these Maserati-modified Ferraris, it might set you back more than a million dollars.

So, with the plethora of supercars that are fueling the growth of the segment, do you think there’s place for a future Maserati supercar or not?

Let us know in the comments section below!

Maserati Quattroporte

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!


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