Maserati's CEO, Harald Wester, has said that the new Quattroporte is key to the company's planned “industrial growth that will see our presence in the world rise to 50,000 units a year by 2015.” A figure that’s considerably more than the 6,159 cars it sold in 2011.
The new Quattroporte is longer than the outgoing Quattroporte but has seen weight cut by 50kg to 1940kg, thanks to aluminium body panels and a new steel-aluminium platform.
The new car was designed by a team headed by Lorenzo Ramaciotti, Head of the Maserati Design Centre, which is part of the Fiat Group Centro Stile design centre in Turin, Italy.
The Quattroporte has a new look that’s designed to be aggressive enough to appeal to Maserati’s current core of Western European and North American customers, but also elegant enough to appeal to Chinese buyers. In another concession to the Asian market, the new car is longer than the previous model’s 5,097mm to increase rear passenger and boot space.
Under the bonnet, there's the choice of two twin-turbocharged engines: a 3.0-litre V6 and a 4.7-litre V8. The former produces 416bhp, launching the Quattroporte from 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds. Meanwhile, the V8 engine comes with 524bhp and a 0-62mph time of 4.7 seconds.
Maserati is expected to broaden the Quattroporte’s engine range with smaller V6 models and even a diesel, with Maserati Powertrain Director and former Ferrari engine boss, Paolo Martinelli, saying: “The new engines that will be mounted on the next generation of Maserati vehicles are not only more powerful than ever, or more exciting to drive than ever – but also more fuel efficient than ever before.”
The engines won’t just power the new Quattroporte. The new luxury saloon is the first of three key new models, as it will be joined by a new E-Class-sized saloon called the Ghibli and an SUV called the Levante, that’s based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee by 2014.