2014 - 2015 Maserati Quattroporte

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  • Maserati Quattroporte
  • Year:
    2014- 2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    404 @ 5500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    406 @ 1750
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.8 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    176 mph
  • Price:
    102500
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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!

Updated 11/20/2014: Maserati unveiled the 2015 Quattroporte at the 2014 Los Angeels Auto Show. The model offers a series of small updates, most of them being limited to new standard features and colors. Details after the jump.

Hit the jump to read more about the next generation Maserati Quattroporte.

 

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Maserati's Edizione Nobile Package Adds Some Extra Goodies to the 2019 Levante, Ghibli, and Quattroporte

Maserati’s Edizione Nobile Package Adds Some Extra Goodies to the 2019 Levante, Ghibli, and Quattroporte

When Maserati makes the news, it makes the news in style

It’s been a while since Maserati made the news, but when it does, it makes sure to leave a lasting impression. The Italian automaker has announced a series of special edition models for the 2019 Ghibli, Levante, and Quattroporte under the Edizione Nobile package. The special edition models are limited to a total of 150 units with each model receiving 50 units. The Edizione Nobile special edition models carry a similar theme, defined by an exclusive paint scheme to go with a handful of upgrades in the exterior and interior. There are no engine upgrades included in the special edition models. As it is, the package is scheduled to arrive this month in Maserati showrooms, both in the U.S. and Canada.

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Maserati Stops Production of its Models

Maserati Stops Production of its Models

It’s not the first time this has happened, and it probably won’t be the last either

Maserati is having a hard time selling its vehicles recently, and as a result, the Italian automaker is stopping production on most of its vehicles until January 15. According to Automotive News Europe, Maserati will halt production of the Ghibli and Quattroporte for the next month. Likewise, production of the GranTurismo and Grancabrio models have been put on hold until January 8 while the Levante’s production will stop from December 20 to January 15.

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Maserati Debuts Nerissimo Package for Three Cars in Los Angeles

Maserati Debuts Nerissimo Package for Three Cars in Los Angeles

All-black exteriors for Ghibli, Quattroporte, and Levante

With just four vehicles in its lineup, one of which is already extremely old by modern standards, it’s not surprising that Maserati doesn’t have much to brag about at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. However, the Italian firm used the event to introduce the Nerissimo Package for the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans, and the Levante SUV. Meaning "extremely black" in Italian, the Nerissimo package isn’t exactly new. Maserati actually launched it this spring with the Ghibli Nerissimo Edition, a limited-edition model with a blacked-out exterior and a bespoke interior. So this new release is pretty much about turning it into a regular package for the Ghibli and adding it to the Quattroporte and Levante crossover.

Much like the special edition introduced earlier in 2017, the Nerissimo package turns the exterior almost pitch black. The Nero paint is combined with black chrome trim just about anywhere on the body, including the front grille and the window frames. The trunk lid trim, side air vents, Trident logo, C-pillars badges, and engine and vehicle designation. The exterior is rounded off by black exhaust tips. However, unlike the Nerrisimo Edition, this package comes with two additional paint options, Nero Ribelle and Grigio Maratea. The former is also black, while the latter is a dark grey metallic color.

There’s no word on what changes inside the cabin, but if the first Ghibli limited-edition model is any indication, all cars should get black leather, Dark Mirror trim, red stitching, and red gearshift paddles.

Alongside the new Nerissimo Package, Maserati also showcased 2018-model-year upgrades. The Ghibli and Quattroporte now feature Adaptive full LED headlights with glare-free high-beam, as well as an uprated 3.0-liter V-6 that generates 424 horsepower instead of 404. The mill also features the new, performance-enhancing Integrated Vehicle Control system (IVC) developed by Bosch.

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2017 Maserati Quattroporte

2017 Maserati Quattroporte

Revised styling, upgraded aerodynamics, and new trim levels with added equipment

The sixth-generation Maserati Quattroporte arrived in 2013 as a significant improvement over its predecessor, which was sold for around a decade with minor updates. Although it used the same platform as the fifth-gen car, its styling was closely related to the GranTurismo’s, while the interior gained updated materials and brand-new technology. Its drivetrains were also a major step forward, with Maserati dropping both the 4.7-liter V-8 in favor of a turbocharged, 3.8-liter, while also adding a 3.0-liter V-6. For the first time, the Quattroporte also gained a diesel engine, in the form of a 3.0-liter V-6.

After a little more than three years on the market, Maserati’s flagship sedan received its mid-cycle facelift. Unlike its predecessor, which didn’t get comprehensive updates until it was phased out, the sixth-gen sedan gained not only a makeover inside and out, but also an equipment update that includes two new trim levels and a lot of extra features as standard equipment. The drivetrain is the only department that carried over unchanged, but that’s not something we complain about, as the Quattroporte is powerful and fast enough as it is.

The updated four-door will hit the market in June 2016 and will likely remain in dealerships for at least three years. What has changed, how much does it cost, and how does it stack against the competition? Keep reading to find out.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Maserati Quattroporte.

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Miley Cyrus' Maserati Quattroporte Stolen From Hollywood Residence

Miley Cyrus’ Maserati Quattroporte Stolen From Hollywood Residence

Miley Cyrus now knows what it feels like to get car jacked. The controversial 21-year old artist lost her 2014 Maserati Quattroporte after two burglars managed to infiltrate her North Hollywood home last Friday.

According to the LA Times, the burglars climbed the fence and then entered the home and garage, eventually getting away with the $100,000 Italian luxury performance sedan to go along with a handful of jewelry, the values of which have yet to be determined.

Fortunately, Miley wasn’t in her home when the burglary happened. Unfortunately, her 2014 Quattroporte was and by the time authorities were called in at around 4:00 pm local time, the merry pair of burglars had already escaped, jewelry and Maserati in tow.

If that Quattroporte is registered and has all the proper paperwork, it shouldn’t be too difficult to locate it. But it still sucks to be Miley Cyrus. Your home gets robbed twice in the span of eight months and they take your beloved Maserati Quattroporte.

Couldn’t they have taken those Hannah Montana posters instead?

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New Ferrari California to Use the Maserati Quattroporte’s Twin-Turbo Engine

It looks like a future where Ferrari starts using turbocharged engines is drawing closer and closer to reality.

Rumors that Maranello is considering such a move have risen to the surface in recent weeks and now, well placed sources within Ferrari have told Motor Trend that the next-generation California will indeed get a turbocharged engine, in the form of a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8, similar in design to the powertrain that currently resides under the Maserati Quattroporte’s hood.

It’s not going to be an identical engine, as the one the California will have will be built using all-Ferrari components, but make no mistake, it’s going to be turbocharged, making the new Cali the first Ferrari to use this engine setup since the mighty F40.

Ferrari didn’t release the performance numbers of this engine, but its worth noting that the Quattroporte’s twin-turbo V-8 packs 523 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, which is significantly more powerful than the current California’s naturally-aspirated, 4.3-liter V-8 that produces 483 horsepower and 372 pound-feet of torque output.

In addition to the turbocharged surprise, the next-gen California will also have its own physical makeover, none more important than reports that the supercar will have receive new body panels to go with an updated interior that will likely be driven up in class relative to what we’ve seen with past California models.

With the rest of its fleet still sparkling from their youthful ages, it’s high time that the California gets the same treatment.

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2014 Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Concept

2014 Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Concept

The new-generation Maserati Quattroporte made its debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and now the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show will bring us the Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition — a concept car that brings an "unique new look in color scheme, materials and finish." According to Maserati, a production version is expected to arrive in 2014.

As it name suggests, the concept was designed in cooperation with Ermenegildo Zegna — an Italian luxury fashion house, specialized in men’s clothing. The concept is painted in a special finish that uses ultra-fine aluminum pigments and simulates the fluidity and purity of metal. For the interior, the concept adds classical warm hues, like moka and greige — key colors in Zegna’s latest men’s fashion collections.

Maserati wrapped the seats, door panels and roof lining in genuine soft leather, while Zegna added a velvet-smooth, bright fabric.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Maserati Quattroporte.

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2014 Maserati Quattroporte by Ermenegildo Zegna

2014 Maserati Quattroporte by Ermenegildo Zegna

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.

Updated 02/28/2014: Maserati unveiled today the first official images of the Quattroporte by Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition, just days before the car’s official debut in Geneva.

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Early Production 2014 Maserati Quattroporte Fetches $340,000 at Auction

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.

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Video: Maserati Teases us With the New Quattroporte

Video: Maserati Teases us With the New Quattroporte

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.

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Video: Maserati Factory Tour - Part 2

Video: Maserati Factory Tour - Part 2

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..

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Spy shots: 2014 Maserati Ghibli Caught Testing for the First Time

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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2014 - 2015 Maserati Quattroporte

2014 - 2015 Maserati Quattroporte

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!

Updated 11/20/2014: Maserati unveiled the 2015 Quattroporte at the 2014 Los Angeels Auto Show. The model offers a series of small updates, most of them being limited to new standard features and colors. Details after the jump.

Hit the jump to read more about the next generation Maserati Quattroporte.

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Spy Shots: 2014 Maserati Quattroporte Drops Cammo

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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Maserati recalls GranTurismo and Quattroporte for TPMS malfunction

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.

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Maserati announces new Quattroporte, Ghibli, and Levante

Maserati announces new Quattroporte, Ghibli, and Levante

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.

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Video: 2013 Maserati Quattroporte caught road testing in camouflage

Video: 2013 Maserati Quattroporte caught road testing in camouflage

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.

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Spy Shots: Maserati Levante mule caught testing

A future baby Quattroporte has been churning the rumor-mill for awhile, but we can finally say that Maserati has started intensive testing of the future baby sedan. Rumored to be called "Levante," the smaller Quattroporte will be looking to trample the sales of the Mercedes E-Class, the Audi A6, and the BMW 5-Series when it comes out in late 2013.

What we have in these spy shots is a mule of the upcoming model, not the real deal and not just some random Quattroporte. The wheels don’t really fit into the wheel arches, especially at the front wheel - a clear sign for a shorter wheel base. We can also see that the brakes are smaller than the ones we have seen on all of the Quattroporte prototypes.

The upcoming Maserati Levante will be offered with both V6 and V8 engines, connected to a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. We’re really hoping that the V6 engine will be a new unit developed in cooperation with Ferrari and not by Chrysler Pentastar.

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2014 Maserati Quattroporte revealed in patent drawings

2014 Maserati Quattroporte revealed in patent drawings

The many spy shots we have seen for the next generation Maserati Quattroporte have all been heavily camouflaged, leaving us completely unsatisfied. Thankfully, some internet ninjas have found a series of patent drawings registered at the European Patent Office of the new Maserati Quattroporte, so we can get a somewhat clearer view of the future luxury sedan.

The patent drawings reveal that the next Quattroporte will get a new exterior design language, just as Maserati already promised we’d see. There will be a much sharper front-styling inspired by the Kubang concept car unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and the same tail-light design as revealed by the spy shots.

As for what we already know, the new Quattroporte will be moved to an entirely new rear-wheel drive platform that will use lightweight aluminum extensively to reduce the total weight by about 330 lbs. Under the hood, we will see a supercharged V6 and a twin-turbocharged V8 engine.

The new Maserati Quattroporte will be making its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, so stay tuned!

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Jenna Jameson in Hot Water Over a Leased Quattroporte

Jenna Jameson in Hot Water Over a Leased Quattroporte

Former porn star, err, “adult film star,” Jenna Jameson hasn’t made a new flick in many years, but we are fairly certain there are plenty of her classics circulating the computer screens of men everywhere. Well, it looks like her exit from “the industry” hasn’t treated her too well, as she was stuck leasing a Maserati Quattroporte S back in 2010.

Leasing of this luxury auto is not the story though; the real story is that she hasn’t paid the $2,299 lease payment since January. Using our crack mathematical skills, that puts her six months behind and owing $13,794 in late payments.

According to a report by TMZ, the finance company, Maserati Financial Services, attempted to repo the circa $130,000 425-horsepower sedan, but were apparently unsuccessful. Now MFS is outright suing Jameson to return the vehicle and pay an astronomical $107,000 in damages.

We are a little intrigued by the $107K in damages. What kind of damages has MFS undergone from not being able to repo a $130,000 car? We understand suing for the $13,794 in back payments, late fees, and even suing for fruitless repo fees, but what else could possibly add up to that number? Plus, if Jameson can’t afford to pay a $2,300 car payment, what make MFS think it can possibly milk $107,000 out of the ex-actress? We also have to ask, who leases a car anymore?

We’ll keep an eye on this one for you and let you know when we get any more details, as they are a little scarce right now.

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Video: Heavily camouflaged 2013 Maserati Quattroporte caught testing

Video: Heavily camouflaged 2013 Maserati Quattroporte caught testing

Just days after we brought you the latest spy shots featuring the uprated 2013 Maserati Quattroporte and news that a California test mule was recently caught sporting what’s believed to be a turbocharged engine, we can now bring you a new video of the upcoming Quattroporte testing at Ferrari’s Fiorano Circuit. It seems that the turbocharged, Ferrari-sourced engine has made yet another appearance.

As we’re sure you know, both Ferrari and Maserati continually develop brand new technologies together and a force-fed Quattroporte would make sense considering that the Ferrari unit could have been in development for upwards of 4 years.

It’s obviously not yet clear if this latest addition to the Trident brand really was sporting a turbocharged engine, but if you listen closely at the 28-second mark where the test mule can be seen sliding around a corner, a turbo-esque sound can be heard.

Reports claim that the latest Quattroporte will feature a turbocharged V8 engine when it makes its official debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, while a six-cylinder supercharged engine may also be a possibility. With that in mind, this test mule may actually be fitted with the latter of those two units, but either way, it’s clear that Maserati is going to limit the forced induction sound when compared to the upcoming California turbo.

So, what do you think, does it sound like a turbocharger or a supercharger to you?

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Spy Shots: Maserati Quattroporte Drops Some Camouflage

The next generation Maserati Quattroporte has been caught testing one more time around the Nurburgring race track and from the spy shots taken, we can see that it has dropped some of its camouflage to reveal more of its goodies.

The most important change for the new Quattroporte will be its new platform that will help the sedan save a few pounds. It will take its design inspiration from the brand’s latest models, the GranTurismo coupe and convertible. On the exterior, the Maserati will receive a completely new design, but the current grille treatment will remain the same. The interior will get improved technology and a more luxurious treatment.

Another change will be the luxury sedan’s power source which will be found in two completely new engines, both built by Ferrari at the Maranello factory. At its official launch, the new Maserati Quattroporte will be offered with a turbocharged V8 engine that delivers a total of 520 HP, while the second engine - a 420 HP supercharged V6 engine - will arrive at a later date. Both engines will be mated to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission that will send the engine’s power to the rear wheels as standard or to all four wheels as an option.

The new generation Maserati Quattroporte will make its official at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

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Maserati targets three new models in the next two years

Maserati will be introducing three new vehicles over the next 24 months, further hinting to the future production of their Kubang SUV, as well as the impending releases of an all-new Quattroporte and a smaller version of it.

In a recent press release, the Italian automaker didn’t specifically mention the names of the three models that they are planning on releasing, but it’s all pretty academic at this point unless they have something up their sleeves that we’ve never seen before.

The Kubang, or "Cinqueporte", for one, has already been slated for production, so it looks like that’s going to be one of the models. Likewise, we’ve already seen spy photos and videos of the new 2014 Quattroporte frolicking around a number of race tracks around the world.

The third model of this triumvirate is also the one that we know the littlest about. Maserati has given indication that they’re building a smaller version of the Quattroporte, but we’ve yet to see the car make its world debut or see it in any spy photos. The only piece of info attached to the model is that it could carry the name "Levante," which Maserati trademarked just a month ago.

Another bit of info in the Maserati press release that bears following is the announcement that an Alfa Romeo model will be built together with the GranTurismo beginning in 2013. What that model is is still anyone’s guess.

One thing we do know is that things are fixing to get interesting from them boys with tridents.

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2014 Maserati Quattroporte Spied Near The Nurburgring

2014 Maserati Quattroporte Spied Near The Nurburgring

Maserati has been furiously working on a facelifted version of the Quattroporte for many months now, and finally the first genuine driving footage has been released when the car was recently snapped cruising the streets near and around the Nurburgring.

As the 2014 Quattroporte isn’t set for a release until 2013, very little details have been released about the car. However, enough have been rumored to the point where they’re beginning to sound very convincing.

First off, reports suggest that the Quattroporte will ride on a brand new platform predominantly implemented to save a few pounds, while also enhancing comfort, control, and rigidity. Furthermore, the new Quattroporte is rumored to be offered with both all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive layouts, and the latter has left us scratching our heads a bit.

Sure, Quattroporte may mean ‘four doors’ rather than ‘four-wheel drive’, but we’re very surprised a front-wheel drive version will be offered rather than a rear-wheel drive layout. After all, the Quattroporte’s biggest competitor the BMW M5 is RWD, and there’s no questioning the success of that car. Furthermore, the Porsche Panamera is also offered in RWD and AWD.

Nevertheless, the 2014 Quattroporte is shaping up to be a suitable facelift for the dated car, and with the car set to retain a big 4.7-liter V8 engine, 470HP is on the cards and this could easily be increased for sport variants further down the track.

The aforementioned video does depict a very nice engine and exhaust note, but don’t expect any rapid changes in the styling department, as Maserati will likely only add or remove a handful of exterior and interior components.

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Spy Shots: Maserati Quattroporte tests at the Nurburgring

A couple of weeks ago, the next generation Maserati Quattroporte was making its rounds testing in the cold weather when it took a few turns on an icetrack in Northern Sweden. Now, it has graduated to taking some quick laps at the Nurburgring in Germany and our spy photographers were there to capture it in action. Maserati’s testing for the new Quattroporte is hard and intensive, so it should definitely be ready when it launches at the 2012 Paris Auto Show in September.

As previously reported, the new generation Quattroporte will grow to make room for the "baby Quattroporte," will still be lighter than the current model due to the use of more lightweight materials. The Maserati will receive a completely new design, but the current grille treatment will remain the same. The interior will get improved technology and a more luxurious treatment.

Under the hood, Maserati will place the same 4.7 liter V8 engine with some updates to improve the output to 475 HP. The power will go via an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox to the rear wheels or optional to all four wheels.

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Spy Shots: Maserati Quattroporte goes testing on an icetrack

Maserati is getting prepared for its major debut later this year: the new generation Quattroporte has been caught testing on an icetrack used by the Fiat Group up in the cold parts of Sweden. As you can see, the car is completely hidden under camouflage, but as previously reported the car’s new design "will be more of an evolution than a revolution."

The new Maserati Quattroporte will grow in dimensions to make room for the new baby Quattroporte, but it will still be lighter than the current model due to the use of more lightweight materials. Under the hood, Maserati will place a 4.7 liter V8 engine with some improvements made to increase the final output to 475 HP and to reduce fuel economy by about 15%.

The power will go to the rear wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox or, as an option, to all four wheels. Only time will tell if these changes are enough to give the German power sedans a run for their money.

The official debut of the new Maserati Quattroporte will be made later this year at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

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Has the baby Quattroporte been named? Maserati trademarks Levante

Maserati has been preparing a new luxury sedan to be placed under the current Quattropotre for longer than we’re sure they’d care to admit, but a new ripple of news could be a sign that the planning is coming to an end. Up until now, we’ve all been referring to the future model as the "baby Quattropotre," but Maserati has now trademarked the "Levante" (Italian word for "East") name to be used for one of the three new models set to be unveiled in the upcoming years.

The three models ready to be named are a new generation Quattroporte - that will retain its name for sure -, a new SUV for which Maserati has already trademarked the "Cinqueporte" name, and the new baby Quattroporte. Logically speaking, the new baby sedan seems to be the only option without a name to call it’s very own, so "Levante" may be the winner.

The new baby Quattroporte - or Levante - is set to be unveiled sometime in 2013-2014. It will be powered by a choice of V6 and V8 engines, both mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Prices will start in the $70,000 range.

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Maserati will be bringing a small diesel Quattroporte in 2013

It’s already known that Maserati plans on bringing a new baby Quattroporte in 2013, but German magazine, Autobild, has uncovered some more news on the future model. According to them, Maserati is also preparing a diesel version for the new model, internally known as the Maseratina. The diesel version will be powered by a new V6 diesel engine with more than 300 HP and 516 lb-ft torque. It is still unknown whether or not the new engine will also be used in the next generation Quattroporte.

The new Quattroporte will be about 4.90 meters long, matching the lengths of the BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes S-class. Recent spy shots have confirmed that it will feature a shorter wheelbase, smaller front brakes, an ill-fitting windscreen, and one exhaust pipe on each side of the rear. These elements will be combined with the latest advanced driver assistance systems.

The baby Quattroporte isn’t the only new model on Maserati’s to do list this year, either. The list of debuts also includes the Kubang in Autumn at the 2012 Franfurt Motor Show and the new generation Quattroporte at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show. All of the GranTurismo versions are also about to enter their new generations.

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Leaked images of the brand new Maserati Quattroporte surface on the Net (UPDATED and FAKE)

Leaked images of the brand new Maserati Quattroporte surface on the Net (UPDATED and FAKE)

Maserati has been busy testing their smaller than usual Quattroporte, preparing it for its new generation. A few renderings have crept through the internet, including ours, but actual images of the future sedan have now been revealed by GT Spirit and a few more images scanned from a magazine have been provided thanks to Autoblog.nl.

As previously rumored, the new Quattroporte will be an evolution of the current generation and will feature a brand new design inspired by the smaller GranTurismo models, as well as the Kubang Concept unveiled last year. The model has been built on a new rear-wheel drive platform that can implement a hybrid drive system so expect to see something down these lines fairly soon.

No details have been released for the engine that will be fitted in the Quattroporte, but it is believed that the new Quattroporte will get downsized V6 and V8 engines, mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.

Now that these images have been released, we’re pretty sure Maserati will unveil the official details on the future Maserati Quattroporte soon, so stay tuned!

UPDATE 01/25/2012: Apparently, one WCF reader has an eye for nonsense and these leaked images of the future Maserati Quattroporte fit the bill. Reader, aleiiakensington, had this to say about the leaked images: "it’s a fake. the first picture shows a chopped interior of the avalon’s interior. check out the c-pillar through the windshield. not only does it not match the design of the exterior’s c-pillar, it is also a mirror image of the c-pillar from this picture the second picture also shows how fake this is. the interior seen on the second pic is again a mirror image from the avalon press photo why do people that make these photochops check the quality of their work?"

Hey, at least we have the magazine images to work with until the official images are finally released.

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Maserati’s three new models will come in quick succession

Fiat chief exec, Sergio Marchionne, has confirmed that Maserati is indeed preparing three new models: a successor to the Quattroporte, a smaller Maserati, and the production Kubang, rumored to be called the Cinqueporte. Moreover, these three models will debut in rapid succession, which is a good thing considering Maserati is keeping mum on which model will be launched first.

"We are being a bit secretive over what you get first because it has implications for the industrial footprint of the group," said Marchionne. "You see, there is a site in Modena that makes the Quattroporte, there’s some debate what happens to that plant after Quattroporte. There is sufficient commonality in what we’re doing between the smaller car and the bigger one that we can do what we want."

Of course, that doesn’t mean that people aren’t going to throw their two cents in. It is believed that the first vehicle to arrive will be the Quattroporte, followed by the Kubang, and then the baby Maserati. It is already known that the Kubang will be heavily based on Jeep Grand Cherokee and that the four-door baby Maserati will be built on a Chrysler 300 platform, but Marchionne says that the four-door will have a completely different suspension and that the engine are "totally Ferrari/Maserati."

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Rendering: 2013 Maserati Baby Quattroporte

After seven years of high end luxury and sales, the Quattroporte is changing it up just a bit to please a greater chunk of the luxury sedan market. One of the major changes befalling Maserati’s flagship model is the addition of a younger brother. The baby Quattroporte will be arriving in the middle of 2012 and is rumored to be priced at $68,000.

The whole idea behind the baby version is to please Maserati customers complaining that the standard Quattroporte was too big. The Italian luxury car manufacturer responded by providing a shorter wheelbase, thereby shrinking the vehicle in general. Recent spy shots have also shown smaller front brakes, an ill-fitting windscreen, and one exhaust on each of the vehicle’s rear end. Say what you want, but we need to see this to believe it which is why we created this rendering as a portal to the future.

As far as power goes, rumors have been circulating that Maserati will be dropping their Ferrari-sourced V8 engines and picking up a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter version of the Chrysler’s Pentastar. This has yet to be confirmed, but seems to be a viable option considering the extreme pressure on automakers to improve fuel consumption. The problem with this engine, though, is that the standard Pentastar V6 only delivers a total of 280 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, a far cry from the Quattroporte’s 400 HP. However, the turbocharging should help out in that department. Whatever the output is, this engine will be mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.

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Maserati's future Quattroportes will borrow from Chrysler and Ferrari

Maserati’s future Quattroportes will borrow from Chrysler and Ferrari

As part of their aim for 50,000 units sold per year, Maserati is keeping busy by trying to put together the perfect Quattroporte. Long since considered too big for a daily driver, but too small for a chauffeur’s car, the Quattroporte will need to be just right for customers’ consumption. Maserati’s answer to that dilemma is to create two new sedans - the Quattroporte and ’baby’ Quattroporte - at just the right size and to borrow systems and components from Chrysler sedans such as the Chrysler 300 and the Dodge Avenger.

So, will the consumers be force-fed re-badged Chryslers? Not according to Maserati. The company has maintained a clear picture of what they want the Maserati to look like and have therefore stuck to borrowing elements from Chrysler that will not be readily seen. Elements such as wiring, air conditioning, passive safety systems, and seat structures will find their way into to the Quattroporte, leaving the overall look purely Maserati.

Details for the future Maserati Quattroporte and ’baby’ Quattroporte after the jump.

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Maserati's future plans get laid out

Maserati’s future plans get laid out

Yesterday’s news on Maserati’s plans to unveil the concept version of their future SUV in Frankfurt have apparently sparked a bit of interest for the rest of the brand’s lineup. Automotive News has revealed more details on the full Maserati future product line which includes plans for a boost in sales of 50,000 units per year. This alone will be quite an achievement considering only 5,675 Maserati models were sold last year. With that goal in mind, Maserati went to work to develop new models.

As of right now, three new models will be launched as part of the brand’s extensive sales boost: two new sedans and the aforementioned SUV. Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne, has said that the two sedans won’t just be rebadged Chrysler models, but have different bodies, new interiors, new front and rear suspensions, and dedicated powertrains.

The first of the new sedans will be the long rumored baby Quattroporte, followed by the larger Quattroporte, code-named M156. The baby Quattroporte will be launched next year as a competitor for models like the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A6. It will feature a high performance version of the Chrysler V-6 Pentastar engine with a total output of about 400 HP. Prices will lay between $78,000 to $99,000.

Hit the jump for more details from Maserati’s future lineup.

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Maserati will replace V8 engines with a Twin-Turbo Pentastar V6

Maserati will replace V8 engines with a Twin-Turbo Pentastar V6

Efficiency is turning into a four letter word for speed freaks considering the fact that recent automaker decisions have been in favor of saving at the pump and losing at the 0-60 mph mark. It’s unfortunate, but the walls are coming in and it’s getting a little too difficult to breathe for some automakers. Upping the ante on efficiency is what it will take for continued success and that is what Maserati plans to have as soon as it ditches the Ferrari-borrowed V8s found in the Quattroporte and GranTurismo line-up.

Rumors are now circulating that the Italian luxury car manufacturer is steering clear of their usual V8 powertrains in favor of a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter version of the Chrysler’s Pentastar. Apparently the V8s were light on low-end torque and didn’t provide adequate fuel economy. We can’t say we are in favor of Maserati’s decision, but hard times call for hard measures.

In its standard version, the Pentastar V6 delivers a total of 280 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, however this engine has been tested in many flavors on both European and American markets and will hopefully produce just as much horsepower in a twin turbo variant. At least, that’s what we’re hoping for Maserati’s sake.

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2011 Maserati Quattroporte by MR Car Design

2011 Maserati Quattroporte by MR Car Design

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.

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Maserati will expand line-up to five models

Maserati will expand line-up to five models

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.

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Video: Maserati range in action

Video: Maserati range in action

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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2011 Maserati Quattroporte

2011 Maserati Quattroporte

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.

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2011 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS MC Sportline

2011 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS MC Sportline

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.

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Maserati Quattroporte 2030 Concept

Maserati Quattroporte 2030 Concept

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.

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Baby Maserati Quattroporte coming in the fall of 2011

Baby Maserati Quattroporte coming in the fall of 2011

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.

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Video: Maserati Quattroporte funeral hearse in transit

Video: Maserati Quattroporte funeral hearse in transit

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.

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Maserati Biturbo making a comeback in 2014

Maserati Biturbo making a comeback in 2014

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.

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Mel Gibson crashes his Maserati Quattroporte

Mel Gibson crashes his Maserati Quattroporte

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.

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2010 Maserati Quattroporte by Novitec Tridente

2010 Maserati Quattroporte by Novitec Tridente

Novitec Tridente has unveiled a new tuning package for the Maserati Quattroporte luxury sedan, both S and Sport GT S versions. The tuner focused on increasing the engine’s maximum power, but also on improving the car’s aerodynamics.

Thanks to the addition of a new Tridente Sport compressor, the 4.7-liter V8 engine now delivers a total of 590 hp at 7,300 rpm and a peak torque of 572 Nm. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This allows the car to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, to 124 mph in 14.9 seconds, while pushing the car to a top speed of 183 mph.

Next to the engine upgrade the tuner is also offering a set of 21-inch wheels, a height-adjustable coil-over suspension, and a carbon-fiber rear spoiler. They have also added numerous options for a stylish customization of the interior of the luxury sedan. The options range from a custom-tailored interior crafted from the finest leather or Alcantara to a state-of-the-art multimedia equipment package with TV, Blu-Ray player, and high-speed internet connection.

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Next Maserati Quattroporte will get smaller engine and start-stop system

Next Maserati Quattroporte will get smaller engine and start-stop system

The Maserati Quattroporte is no doubt a car with lots of competitors on the market, so it comes as no surprise that the Italian maker has decided to offer a significantly improved next generation. The new model will be unveiled in 2011 and will receive a new exterior design, improved technology on the interior, and will mostly focus on improving fuel economy. Maserati’s target is a number of about 25%.

For that, Maserati will offer smaller fuel efficient engines, with a V6 engine being a possibility, but also the latest 8 speed ZF automatic transmission (also offered in the BMW 7-Series). Also a first for Quattroporte is that it will be offered with stop-start technology which is said to reduce fuel consumption by 15 percent.

Another piece of big news for the luxury sedan is the availability of a new AWD system, that will make from the Quattroporte a direct competitor to the Audi A8 Quattro and Porsche Panamera 4 models.

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Polish president bought to final resting place in a Maserati Quattroporte funeral hearse

Polish president bought to final resting place in a Maserati Quattroporte funeral hearse

Just like the whole world, we were shocked and dismayed to hear about the tragic air plane crash that took the life of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other people last April 10.

Yesterday, Poland bid farewell to the president after over 100,000 people flocked the streets to pay their last respects to their leader and befitting a man of his stature, we were at the very least glad to see that the Polish government spared no expense in giving the president a grand state funeral, which included the use of aMaserati Quattroporte hearse to bring his remains to its final resting place.

We’ve never been to Poland, but we do extend our deepest sympathies to the Polish people for this unspeakable tragedy.

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2011 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S "Awards Edition"

2011 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S "Awards Edition"

Even if the Maserati Quattroporte has only six years of life it has already received fifty six awards from the most prestigious automotive and lifestyle publications. So, is no wonder why at the Geneva Motor Show we will see the special edition Quattroporte Sport GT S "Awards Edition".

This special edition is painted in an exclusive pearlescent metallic gray with golden nuanced color and features a burnished treatment used on the exterior chrome parts, as well as on the side air vents and radiator surround. It sits on 20"’ Multi Trident dark gray rims with satin finish.

The interior gets Poltrona Frau leather of the seats combined with perforated Alcantara with a new undulated pattern, and the headlining still in Alcantara. Completing the interior space are the special brushed aluminum door sills and Piano Black satin-finish wood moldings.

Press release after the jump.

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Maserati Quattroporte gets turned into a funeral hearse

Maserati Quattroporte gets turned into a funeral hearse

When you’re dead, you really don’t care as to what car brings you to your grave, right?

So why is it that we’re seeing an increasing number of high-end four-door sedans get turned into a hearse?

We’re guessing that despite being dead, these people would still prefer to ride in class and if taking a Maserati Quattroporte and turning it into a hearse is their idea of class, then hey, who are we to judge.

As far as Quattroporte’s are concerned, we don’t know what it is about this particular car, but it seems that it’s been subjected to a lot of modifications over the years – and not the kind where they soup it up. From being covered in shattered glass, to getting stretched out into a limo, to getting turned into a fire truck, the Maserati Quattporte has undergone more facelifts than Lady Jocelyn Wildenstein. Ok, that’s not true.

Nevertheless, this particular Maserati Quattroporte was modified by Intercar Modena and to be fair, it actually looks classy and elegant compared to other funeral hearses we’ve seen in the past. At least, it has that going for it.

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Drunk driver crashes Maserati Quattroporte onto a police car

Drunk driver crashes Maserati Quattroporte onto a police car

There’s no excuse for crashing a car, let alone doing it while under the influence of alcohol so when we found out that a 21-year-old girl did all of the above – in a Maserati Quattroporte, no less – we kind of figured that she’s going to be in a heck of a lot of trouble.

After having one too many alcoholic beverages for her own good, Alex Ford decided to have an even better time behind the wheel of the borrowed Maserati. Initial reports indicated of a speeding Quattroporte to which, Officer Tracy Sheets was quick to respond to.

It didn’t take long for Ford and Sheets to meet though, after the Quattroporte crashed head-on into Sheets’ police cruiser, severely injuring the police officer and leaving Ford in a pretty bad mess of her own.

Both ladies were taken to a hospital and after some initial concerns about their status, both Ford and Sheets have since been upgraded to good and fair conditions, respectively.

As far as Ford is concerned, her good fortune was all too fleeting as after a blood draw determined her alcohol level, a warrant was issued for the reckless driver where she’s facing charges of intoxicated assault causing serious body injury to a peace officer.

We don’t mind sounding like a broken record in the interest of safety, but drinking under the influence has never – and will never be – a good idea.

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Maserati drives debutantes to Queen Charlotte's Ball

Maserati drives debutantes to Queen Charlotte’s Ball

No it’s not a horse-drawn carriage like the ones we’ve come to know in fairy tales, but we’re hedging our bets that these gorgeous debutantes had no problem being chauffer driven in a Maserati Quattroporte.

The young debutantes had the time of their lives, not just by getting a chance to ride a Quattroportes, but they were also decked from head to toe with some of the world’s most expensive jewelries. On top of that, the ladies were also greeted at the ball by no less than a few women who know a thing or two about royalty: HRH Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia, HH Princess Olga Romanov and Their Graces The Duke and Duchess of Somerset. As far as the Maserattis were concerned, the luxury car brand was the official entourage vehicle of the Queen Charlotte’s Ball. Apart from its duties as entourage vehicle, Maseratti also took advantage of the occasion by auctioning off an all-new 2010 Maserati GranCabrio.

The event, which was founded over 250 years ago to raise fund for mothers and babies, was supported by Maserati GB together with its London distributor, HR Owen Sports Cars, in an attempt to raise donations to the Wolfston and Weston Research Centre for Family Health at the Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital site of Imperial College London. The event was able to raise £60,000 for the hospital where the money would be put to use to help further develop research of premature birth, miscarriage, and infertility among mothers and all women alike. Here at TopSpeed, we appreciate a noble deed when we see one and Maserati’s involved at such a worthy cause will not go unnoticed. Good work, gentlemen.

Press release after the jump.

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Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS UK prices

Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS UK prices

The Italian sports car builder Maserati has just announced their UK pricing for the Quattroporte Sport GTS luxury sedan. The powerful four door is now on sale and can be yours starting at £89,865.

The Quattroporte Sport GTS is powered by a 4.7 Liter V8 that delivers 440 HP at 7,000 RPM. All that power sends the saloon sprinting from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.1 seconds, and the car won’t stop until it reaches a top speed of 177 MPH.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Maserati Quattroporte race car

2009 Maserati Quattroporte race car

The GranTurismo MC won’t be the only Maserati hitting the track soon. The Quattroporte is getting a makeover for the touring car Superstars Series. To help it along the track, the sedan gets a bump to 450 hp and loses a gut-busting 1200 lbs.

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Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS - new image gallery

Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS - new image gallery

Maserati has just revealed new images with the Quattroporte Sport GTS that recently made its world debut.

The vehicle is powered by a 4.7 liter V8 engine, and power has been increased to 433 hp (3 more than the Quattroporte S). The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS also features a new shift pattern for the transmission, a revised exhaust system, new headlights and a new black grille with concave vertical fins and a trident emblem highlighted with red accents.

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2009 Maserati Quattroporte Centurion Edition

2009 Maserati Quattroporte Centurion Edition

Maserati UK has launched a special edition of their four door sports saloon the Quattroporte created in collaboration with American Express Centurion. The Maserati Quattroporte for Centurion Special Series is exclusively built to order and is priced starting at £88,315 for the Centurion 4.2 and £94,185 for the Maserati Quattroporte Centurion 4.7.

The interior of the vehicle is exquisite; the car features sumptuous Bianco Polare (polar white) Poltrona Frau Leather upholstery. There are embossed Centurion logos on the headrests. A numbered plaque ensures authenticity and exclusivity. While the exterior is finished with titanium colored trim and rolls around on 20” ball polished rims.

The Centurion 4.2 is powered by a remarkable 4.2 liter V8 engine that produces 400 HP. The engine lets the vehicle sprint to 60 MPH in only 5.6 seconds and powers the Maserati to a top speed of 167 MPH. Ensuring a smooth and responsive ride the fully automatic gearbox was prepared by ZF, the highest possible quality when it comes to gearing.

The 4.7 liter version represents the ultimate synthesis of the luxury saloon with Maserati’s renowned sporting prowess. The extra 30 horse power are good for shaving two tenths off the cars 0 to 60 MPH (100 km/h) time and raise the top speed to 174 MPH.

Press release after the jump.

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Miss World 2006 and the Maserati Quattroporte

Miss World 2006 and the Maserati Quattroporte

We don’t really have the details why Taťána Kuchařová, Miss World 2006, is posing with a Maserati Quattroporte S, but then again some great things in life don’t need explanation. Just sit back and enjoy two very beautiful things. There’s a few more pics after the jump.

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2009 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS

2009 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS

Although most Italians may age gracefully, they still age. The Maserati Quattroporte has been around since 2004, and has even gotten a refreshening this year. But it still needs some extra pizzaz to keep it young. So Detroit is going to be the new fountain of youth, as the Quattroporte Sport GTS will make its debut at the North American International Auto Show in January.

It is powered by a V8 4.7-liter engine, with power increased to 433 hp (3 more than the Quattroporte S that shares the engine.) The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS also features a new shift pattern for the transmission, new black grille with concave vertical fins & Trident logo with red accents, new headlights, and a revised exhaust system that guaranteed to keep the women swooning.

The Italian sports car builder Maserati has announced that the UK pricing for their Quattroporte Sport GTS luxury sedan. The powerful four door is now on sale and can be yours starting at £89,865.

Press release after the jump.

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Maserati Quattroporte S in action


One out of ever three Maseratis sold is in the U.S., and many of those are to southern California. So it only makes sense that the Italian carmaker chose the Los Angeles Auto Show to be the place to unveil its extra-potent version of its supersedan.

Now that the wraps have been officially taken off the Maserati Quattroporte S, the company has also released some new video of the car doing what it knows best, open roads.

The new model is powered by the 430hp 4.7-liter V8 engine. It is 30 more hp than the standard Quattroport and is the same powerplant as GranTurismo S. Remember to be careful where you view this video, there is a certain attraction to a Maserati.

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