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Maserati Quattroporte By MR Car Design

Maserati Quattroporte By MR Car Design

Earlier this week, the tuning specialists over at MR Car Design revealed their latest upgrade program for the Maserati Quattroporte. This new package consists of a healthy power boost, new wheels and a new exhaust system.

Maserati Quattroporte By MR Car Design

They’ve managed to increase the total output figure to 430 hp, up from the standard 400 hp by remapping the ECU. That annoying top speed limiter that you’ll find in the standard version has been removed.

Maserati Quattroporte By MR Car Design

The car also got a custom-made dynamic pressure-optimized stainless steel exhaust system that sports four 76mm tailpipes. The Quattroporte now rides on 9×22-inch Vossen wheels, wrapped around in 245/30R22 rubber for the front wheels and 295/25R22 for the ones in the back. By installing H&R springs, MR Car Design lowered the car by 20-30mm.

Maserati Quattroporte By MR Car Design

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Maserati Plans Expansion Of Its Lineup

2009 Maserati Quattroporte S

This news shouldn’t come as a surprise to most of us as we all know that just about every manufacturer in the world is working on new models to satisfy the thirst of the customers, especially if we look at the Chinese market. Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has decided that Maserati needs some new toys in its lineup and in the next couple of years we should see two new 4-door premium models: a new version of the Quattroporte and a 5-Series-sized derivative.

Pininfarina will design both models along with Fiat Auto Centro Stile. We should expect to see brand new engines, like a MultiAir turbocharged version of the V6 Pentastar, delivering 400 hp, along with a V6 turbodiesel that produces 300 hp courtesy of the latest generation of Fiat’s JTD II high-pressure diesel injection and management. We don’t know if the latter will be heading to the United States.

Most likely, both these new sedans will benefit from the all-wheel drive system of the Ferrari FF and will also feature an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission that promises great fuel efficiency.

The new version of the Quattroporte should arrive towards the end of next year while the other sedan will debut in 2013. One year later, we should see an SUV from Maserati, based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

All these additions are going to be made in order to grab as many customers as possible from the expanding Chinese market so we should give them a big thanks!

Source: Car And Driver

Maserati GT Garbin Envisions 2020 Gran Turismo Model

Maserati GT Garbin Concept

Designed by Jaime Cervantes, Andrea Coccia and Chetan Rajput, this Maserati GT Garbin is a design study that envisions a 2020 Gran Turismo model. It was the project thesis for these designers that graduated from the Politecnico di Milano and it was developed during the Master in Transportation and Automobile Design and was sponsored by the Fiat Group.

Maserati GT Garbin Concept

The designers got their inspiration from the 1967-1973 Maserati Ghibli, despite the fact that they didn’t want to create a retro design. It was named after a south-westerly Italian summer wind, also known as the “Garbino” or “Libeccio”.

Maserati GT Garbin Concept

In the front we notice the traditional Maserati grille, mixed up with a couple of design cues borrowed from the fascinating Citroen GT Concept. It features generous doors that slide forwards and luminescent materials along with backlighting areas that give a special look to the general design of the concept. They used the same recipe for the interior cabin, which is dominated by the areas that connect the Garbin’s door panels to the dashboard.

Maserati GT Garbin Concept

Source: CarBodyDesign

Montante Maserati 8CTF Bike Revealed

Montante Maserati 8CTF Bike

Yet another bike revealed under the name of a car manufacturer is this Montante Maserati 8CTF. This special edition bike has been developed by the Italian automaker in partnership with specialist Montante Cicli. Dubbed the 8CTF, it celebrates the 70th anniversary of Wilbur Shaw’s victory in the iconic 500 miles of Indianapolis which he managed to accomplish driving a Maserati 8CTF.

Montante Maserati 8CTF Bike

They are going to make only 200 units of this bike and each one of will wear a unique number. Each bike is going to be produced according to the measurements of the owner. It is a single speed bicycle that features silver Trident hubs, inspired by the automaker’s supercharged 3-liter engine, along with a special logo that resembles to the one that identifies the car’s chassis.

Montante Maserati 8CTF Bike

The Montante Maserati 8CTF costs 3,600 Euros, without shipping.

Montante Maserati 8CTF Bike

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Maserati GranTurismo MC, Heading To The U.S.

Maserati GranTurismo MC

The U.S.-spec version of Maserati’s gorgeous GranTurismo MC Stradale model has been announced by the Italian manufacturer. Wearing the “GranTurismo MC” designation, probably the most important change over the European version is the addition of two full-sized rear seats, along with a fully automatic gearbox.

Maserati GranTurismo MC

The car is powered by the same engine as the Stradale, which is a V8 4.7-liter that produces 444 hp (450 PS / 330 kW) and a peak torque of 376 lb.-ft (510 Nm). However, the car’s performances are not the same due to the added weight. In other words, the North American version has a sprint time to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds slower than its European sibling. Top speed is also down, from 300 km/h to 298 km/h.

Source: Maserati via WCF

Novitec & Maserati GranCabrio Combine Beauty With Performance

Novitec Maserati GranCabrio

One of the most beautiful cars ever launched by the Italian automaker Maserati is without any doubt the GranCabrio. The standard drop-top variant of the GT packs a V8 4.7-liter engine that produces 440 hp @ 7,000 rpm and 362 lb.-ft (490 Nm) of torque @ 4,750 rpm.

Novitec Maserati GranCabrio

The engineers over at Novitec felt that there is still room for improvement and they’ve installed a brand new supercharger, a water-cooled intercooler, along with a remapped ECU. The result? 590 hp @ 7,300 rpm and 421 lb.-ft (572 Nm), enough for a 0-60 mph sprint time in only 4.5 seconds.

SR Project 2011 Maserati GranTurismo Draken

SR Project 2011 Maserati GranTurismo Draken

The guys over at SR Project have teamed up with Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver in order to develop this exquisite GranCabrio for the 2011 edition of the Vancouver International Auto Show. Dubbed “Draken”, it comes with an improved suspension, a brand new set of rims and a couple of exterior updates.

Maserati Working On Lineup Expansion

Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S Awards Edition

The Italian automaker Maserati is working on expanding its lineup of models and according to various sources, it will launch three new models in the next three years. The first one that will arrive is the successor of the beautiful Quattroporte, which we will probably see at this year’s edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Basically, it will be a GranTurismo sedan and will come with a V8 4.7-liter engine that will develop around 400 hp, or a little bit more. According to Inside Line, the model will move up the market, but previous reports said exactly the opposite, stating that the successor of the Quattroporte will move down the market in order to compete with the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7-Series and the Audi A8.

In 2013, Maserati will launch a crossover based on the Dodge Durango and the Jeep Grand Cherokee. We can’t tell you much about it, but most likely it will have a bespoke interior and unique styling. In addition, we can tell you that it will get Ferrari-sourced engines; at least that is what Fiat’s CEO said.

In 2015, the car manufacturer will launch an entry-level sedan that will cost about $78,000. This baby Quattroporte will benefit from a V8 engine and will tackle the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes E-Class. They will also launch a high performance version of this model, which will cost about $96,000, a car that will rival the BMW M5, Mercedes E63 AMG and the Audi S6/RS6.

Source: Inside Line via WCF

Geneva 2011 – Maserati GranCabrio Sport

Maserati GranCabrio Sport

This week at the 81st edition of the Geneva Motor Show, the Italian automaker Maserati unveiled the GranCabrio Sport. It packs a powerful V8 4.7-liter engine that outputs 444 hp (450 PS / 331 kW) and 376 lb.-ft (510 Nm) of torque, mated to a 6-speed ZF transmission with the MC Auto Shift software borrowed from the Quattroporte Sport GT model.

Maserati GranCabrio Sport

In order to provide a sportier ride, the Italian engineers fitted the car with a tuned Skyhook active-suspension system and bigger brakes with grooved and drilled dual-cast discs.

Maserati GranCabrio Sport

The new model can hit a top speed of 177 mph (285 km/h) and is available with a new color – “Rosso Trionfale” (triumphant red). Design-wise, it comes with a new black grille, front corner splitters, new side skirts as well as black bordered headlights.

Maserati GranCabrio Sport

Sales of the Maserati GranCabrio Sport will commence later on this summer.

Geneva Preview – Maserati GranCabrio Sport

Maserati GranCabrio Sport

I’ve always liked the Maserati GranCabrio for one reason – it offers enough space for the people sitting in the back. There aren’t many cars that can do that and on some models I can’t even understand why they installed back seats because you simply cannot fit in there. Anyway, the Italian automaker Maserati will bring to this year’s Geneva Motor Show the GranCabrio Sport, after launching the original model back in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The GranCabrio Sport will fit in nicely alongside the Quattroporte Sport GT S and the GranTurismo S. It will come with a more fuel-efficient and powerful version of the company’s V8 4.7-litre engine, mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox made by ZF.

Maserati GranCabrio Sport

The naturally-aspirated engine will produce 450 hp (331 kW) and 510 Nm of torque. The Italian engineers managed to lower the car’s fuel consumption by 6% thanks to the Friction Reduction Program that has also made the power unit more responsive to the driver’s actions. With this engine, the Maserati GranCabrio Sport will be able to hit a top speed of 285 km/h.

The aforementioned 6-speed gearbox developed by MG will benefit from the super-fast MC Auto Shift software and has been developed directly from the transmission found in the Quattroporte Sport GT S.

Maserati GranCabrio Sport

The car will also have better handling capabilities thanks to the updated Skyhook active-suspension system that will feature a sportier tuning. In addition the GranCabrio Sport will benefit from grooved and drilled dual-cast brake discs.

Maserati GranCabrio Sport

Design-wise, the new model has a more pronounced dynamic appearance. In the front it has a black grille along with a Trident with red accents. The car’s headlights have a black look with white sidemarks. The updated side skirts and the front corner splitters are both body colored.  Customers will have the possibility to choose a new color, dubbed “Rosso Trionfale” – inspired from the 50s racing Maseratis.

In Depth – 2011 Maserati Quattroporte

2011 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S

To update the company’s flagship sedan, the guys over at Maserati gave the Quattroporte a revised bodywork as well as new spoilers. In addition, the car has LED lightning for the headlights and rear lights, providing it with a fresher look, despite the fact that this is an aging model. The entry-level model rolls on 19-inch Neptune rims while the more expensive Sport GT S can be fitted with one of the two 20-inch rims.

2011 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S

Inside the cabin, the 2011 model comes with a few significant changes. The people inside the car will benefit from the high-quality leather upholstery. In the areas where there isn’t leather, you’ll find either Alcantara or a wood trim. Other changes include the increased rear seat amenities, refreshed switchgear; new seating positions and a bunch of new personalization options.

2011 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S

Speaking of the seating positions, according to Maserati, these have been revised in order to allow a better visibility and increase the comfort of the driver. If you are willing to pay extra for the Luxury package, you’ll get the seats covered in exquisite Poltrona Frau Leather with the logo embossed to the headrests. For the new model, you will be able to choose from two new colors for the leather: a darker brown Marrone Carniola and a lighter Sabbia. Some of the personalization options available include the handling package, executive package, and interior & travel package and sport dynamism.

The lucky rear seat passengers will enjoy the comfort of the reclining, ventilated, heated and massage seats. The climate control (Dual Zone) of the 2011 Quattroporte is controlled from the dashboard but if you pay extra, you could get a command panel in the back. For the rear seat passengers, there are 6 vents, not including the fans installed in the ventilated seats (optional feature). Two of these vents are on the B-pillar, two on the console and the other two under the front seats.

For better ergonomics, the people at Maserati have updated the buttons that control the ventilation control, door locks, transmission changes and suspension adjustments. The car packs Maserati’s Multimedia System that has Bluetooth support, a 30 GB HDD, satellite navigation, 7-inch screen and a CD changer. As an optional feature, you could get the rear-seat entertainment system that offers a central screen with auxiliary inputs for video games consoles.

Probably the best thing about this car is its engine: a Ferrari-sourced V8 4.6-liter that can rev up to 7,200 rpm. The car is available in three trim levels: base, S and the top-of-the-range GT S, all of them benefiting from the same engine. The base model offers 400 hp @ 7,000 rpm and 460 lb.-ft of torque @ 4,750 rpm. With this engine, the car can do the 0-62 mph sprint in 5.6 seconds.

2011 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S

The GT S is 10% more powerful thanks to the addition of a sport racing exhaust and the updated electronic software, allowing the engine to crank up 440 hp @ 7,000 rpm and 490 lb.-ft @ 4,750 rpm. The GT S will do the 0-62 sprint in 5.4 seconds. This high-end model also benefits from better brakes with 6-piston calipers in comparison to the standard model that has smaller brakes with 4-piston calipers.

The car is already on sale for a base price of $121,250. The “S” starts from $126,515 while the high-end “GT S” will set you back at least $134,700.

2011 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S

If you don’t like the Maserati Quattroporte but you are looking for a car in this segment, you might as well check out the S-Class, the 7-Series, the Panamera or Bentley’s Flying Spur. However, none of them will have a Ferrari-sourced engine…

Top 50 Worst Cars In All History PART 4

Welcome back to the fourth part of our extensive article and prepare to learn more about some cars that shouldn’t have been given the green light for production. If you haven’t read part 1, 2 and 3, now would be a good time to do it.

Ferrari Mondial

Even Ferrari made a few mistakes in its long and prolific history; we are talking about the first Mondial model which was a real disaster. Based on the chassis of the 308 model, the Mondial was quite a heavy and large 2+2 coupe that had a V8 mid-engine with only 214 hp to churn. Plus, the transistor-based electronics were full of bugs and eventually every system of the car would fail. Although it was one of the few “affordable” Ferraris launched, the fact that the electric system was a disaster, the car wasn’t very successful. The company later on improved the Mondial but people already knew what was wrong with it and avoided it.

Cadillac Fleetwood V-8-6-4

These days there are many cars that feature cylinder deactivation, like the 2008 Honda Accord V6 which is a wonderful idea in my opinion to save fuel. When the power unit is running at light loads, it is logical to shut off the unneeded cylinders to save a couple of gallons of fuel. Cadillac tried this in the early 80s with the Fleetwood V-8-6-4 but during those days the on-board computers and semiconductors were still in their variable, infancy displacement and things didn’t go that well for the Caddy. We have to take our hats off for General Motors for trying this but the Fleetwood was a horrible car as it stalled, bucked, made awful noises and it jerked. For many people, this was the last time they took into consideration purchasing a Cadillac.

De Lorean DMC-12

Remember the movie Back to the Future? John Z. De Lorean is the creator of the famous De Lorean DMC-12 and he managed to make 8,582 units of this stainless-steel time-traveling hotrod. Because of its poor Peugeot V6 2.8-liter engine the car was heavily underpowered and it didn’t stand a chance. Add to this the fact that it was very expensive, you can figure out for yourself that it wasn’t a hit back in the 80s. The car was designed by Giugiaro and you have to admit that it looks cool even now after 30 years. The Texas-based company that controls the rights to the name recently announced that they will build a limited number of new DMC-12’s.

Cadillac Cimarron

Another Cadillac made it into our list and this time we are talking about the Cimarron model launched in the early 80s. Think about all of the things that were wrong with General Motors during those days and you will find them in this car. It is considered to be the most awful car ever made by Cadillac. It had a 4-speed manual gearbox and was based on the J-platform sedans but was loaded up with chintzy accessories and fabrics. Add to this the fact that it was a couple of thousands more expensive than the Cavalier; you can imagine that it was a flop.

Chevrolet Iron Duke

Chevrolet decided back in the early 80s to make their own Mustang-killer and they came up with the Iron Duke. Featuring an embarrassing 2.5-liter 92 hp engine that was linked to a three-speed gearbox (like the one in the California Corvette) the car was shamefully slow. It needed about 20 seconds to reach 60 mph, turning this Mustang-killer into a worthy competitor for a tricycle. The car looked cool though…

Maserati Biturbo

Back to Italy and this time we find the Maserati Biturbo. Conceived as an authentic grand touring sedan, this car was the result of an under-funded company that was struggling to avoid bankruptcy. The car was a piece of junk as it leaked, burned, snap or rupture, basically everything that could have gone wrong, did. An even more awful car was the TC model launched in the early 90s, which was a version of Chrysler’s Le Baron and had the Mazzer Trident on the nose.

Mosler Consulier GTP

The Mosler Consulier GTP was created by Warren Mosler, an excellent investor and economist who wanted to have his own sports racer. He took bits and parts from other cars, carefully watching the curb weight of the car. Indeed, it was a very light car (fiberglass body) and offered a very good power-to-weight ratio. It did so good in racing that it was eventually banned. So, what is wrong with it you might say? Look at it, it is without any doubt one of the ugliest cars in the world and it seems like Mosler thought about everything, leaving only one thing behind: design. The GTP looks like an East German kit-car and this isn’t a good thing, not by far.

Yugo GV

Remember the Bricklin SV1 we mentioned in a previous part of our article? Malcolm Bricklin was the creator of that awful car but he didn’t stop there as in 1985 he began importing the Yugo GV, a car made in the Soviet-bloc which had a very interesting feature that I’m sure you haven’t seen in another car: besides the carpet listed as a standard feature, the Yugo had a rear-window defroster that would serve for keeping your hands warm while you pushed it. The engine was a mess and the electrical system was a total fiasco.

Lamborghini LM002

The Lamborghini LM002 was not a bad car at all, but taking into consideration its clientele, it had to be listed here. Purchased by spoiled young Saudi sheiks, Uday Hussein (Saddam’s son) and other wealthy people from Libya and Saudi Arabia, it has earned its spot here.

Lotus Elite

The last car in this article is the fiberglass Lotus Elite which had a curb weight of only 1,100. The car won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in its class for six times but on the long run, the suspension was awful and the unreinforced fiberglass couldn’t take the structural strain.

Join us tomorrow for the final part of our article.

11 Cars To Die For

If you have tons of money and you don’t know what to do with it, here are 11 solutions to your “problem”. The following 11 cars will be auction this month at The Scottsdale Auction, organized by Gooding & Co. There will be a couple of beauties auctioned, like the FXX Evoluzione and the legendary F40. All of the cars were in the possession of Benny Caiola, a man known for his love for Ferraris. Check out some of the cars from his garage:

1973 Dino 246 GTS

A good way to spend a good amount of money would be to get this 1973 Dino 246 GTS, a real looker in our opinion. Although it isn’t one of the fastest cars in the world, it sure looks drop dead gorgeous. The idea behind this model was to build an “accessible” Ferrari and it was made by Enzo Ferrari himself, to honor his late son Dino. The car featured a V6 2.4-liter engine that offered 175 hp. There were only 1,274 GTS built. The car in the picture was first sold in California and after that spent a couple of years in Hong Kong and Japan, returning to the US about seven years ago. The car is expected to sell for at least $160,000.

Ferrari F40

Another Ferrari on the list is the iconic F40 which was a hit from day one. Launched back in 1987, it featured a V8 engine, twin-turbo, capable of outputting 478 hp. It was the fastest car in the world from 1987 and 1989. Ferrari’s initial plan was to build only 400 units, but due to high demand, it rolled out 1,315. This F40 you see in the picture is one of the 213 units that were sold in the United States. The first owner of this beauty was Richard Slobodian. It is almost brand new if you looking at the odometer which shows only 3,448 miles. The car will probably be sold for at least $475,000.

Ferrari F50

Looks like Gooding & Co. love Ferraris as they have another one listed, the successor of the F40. Although it wasn’t just as popular as the Enzo or the F40, the Ferrari F50 shared just about all of the F1’s technology available at that time. It was built in order to commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary in 1995. The car had a powerful V12 4.7-liter engine that produced 520 hp and it was based on the F92A F1 racer. Pininfarina was responsible for designing the bodywork and they emphasized on proper handling and optimal downforce. The car will do the 0-60 mph sprint in 3.7 seconds, onto a top speed of 200 mph. The car pictured above is the 38th unit of a grand total of 349 cars the Italian supercar maker produced. Similar to the F40, it is barely driven, only 4,000 miles. It will probably fetch at least $750,000.

1999 Ferrari 333 SP

Here is something that you don’t see every day, a 1999 Ferrari 333 SP. This one was developed by Dallara and had a carbon-fiber monocoque with a F1-inspired suspension. The 4.0-liter V12 engine, which was mounted right in the middle of the car, offered 650 hp. Introduced in late 1993, this one grabbed 69 pole positions and won 56 races. It will probably sell for about $800,000.

2005 Maserati MC-12

Finally, something that doesn’t have the Ferrari badge, a 2005 Maserati MC-12 that features an F1-inspired suspension, a V12 5.9-liter power unit that unleashes 630 hp; it is the same engine you will find in the Enzo. The car will do 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, onto a top speed of 205 mph. The company’s initial plan was to build only 25 units, but due to high demand, they made 50 cars. The car in the picture is the 39th one and was only driven for 730 miles. It will probably go for about $1.1 million.

2006 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione

My vision of the ultimate car is the 2006 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione. This one has the Evoluzione Kit, priced at $300,000. With this package, the FXX offers 860 hp in comparison to “only” 790 hp available for the standard version. In addition, the response time of the paddle-shifted transmission has been reduced to only 60 milliseconds. Other updates include improved carbon ceramic brakes, revised traction control and suspension geometry. The body got rear flaps in order to increase downforce and a new rear diffuser. It can be yours if you have at least $2.2 million.

2007 Ferrari 430 Challenge

Here is a car that suffered two crashes during its lifetime – the 2007 Ferrari 430 Challenge. With a 4.3-liter V8 engine that outputs 483 hp, it isn’t a Buick. Caiola crashed it twice, but this doesn’t mean that the car is worthless. On the contrary, it will probably sell for about $125,000.

2008 Ferrari F430 Scuderia

Another 430 – this time the 2008 Scuderia. Michael Schumacher helped out Ferrari’s R&D when they made this car. The car is almost brand new with just 625 miles shown on the odometer. It will probably go for about $225,000.

2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR

Something from Germany, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR, which Caiola purchased in January 2008 and drove it for only 525 miles. It will be probably sold for $240,000.

2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560

Probably the most down-to-earth car from this list is the beautiful 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560. With a 525 hp engine that allows the car to reach 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, I wouldn’t mind driving it for a lifetime… Again another car barely driven showing just 612 miles on the odometer. It can be yours if you are willing to spare about $175,000.

2010 Ferrari 599 HGTE

Last but certainly not least, the newest car from this list – the 2010 Ferrari 599 HGTE. In fact, this is a 2008 599 GTB but received the Handling GT Evoluzione treatment last year. With just 237 miles on the odometer, it is almost new. If you are willing to part about $275,000 – it’s yours!

My favorite car from this list is the FXX, but I wouldn’t mind getting the Gallardo which is the “dullest” model from this long list of automotive beauties.

Mansory tunes the Maserati GranTurismo S, doesn’t make our eyes bleed

Tuning company Mansory isn’t exactly favored by many car fans, largely because it usually chooses to dress up its tuned models in questionable materials or paint jobs. We’ve seen an eye burning Porsche Panamera in Cobalt Blue, as well as a Bugatti Veyron with an interior wrapped in gold and various types of leather.

Now, things have gotten a bit more sensible, with the company’s newest tuning package for the Maserati GranTurismo and the GranTurismo S.

A complete carbon fiber body has been installed, consisting of front and rear aprons, new spoilers and a revamped grille. Everything, as you can see, has been dressed in a relatively tame black and red two-tone paint scheme.

In terms of performance, the GranTurismo and GranTurismo S now have 30 HP more than the stock models, and are equipped with a new suspension system that lowers ride height by 30mm. All of this is rounded off by a set of custom Mansory wheels in red and black inserts.

Source: Mansory

2012 Maserati Quattroporte to get all-wheel drive plus start-stop technology

Fiat’s high end divisions, Maserati and Ferrari, are researching a lot of ways to make their performance and luxury models more eco-friendly, in order to comply with harsher fuel average or emission regulations.

As such, while Ferrari is busy fiddling with KERS and might share that with Maserati in the future, the less sporty company will do the next best thing with the 2012 Quattroporte model: use a new platform with smaller engines and eco-friendly technologies.

As such, the future Italian luxury sedan will be sitting on a new joint platform, set to be used by flagship Fiat and Chrysler products in the future. Smaller and lighter V6 and V8 engines will sit on top of the new platform, and power all the wheels, even though that might lead to an increase in fuel average.

Thankfully, technologies like Start-Stop, which turns off the engine when standing still and powers it back on when moving, might be used. A more efficient eight-speed gearbox will also be used. The goal, according to Maserati CEO Harald Wester, is to cut 15% of the weight of the car and make it 25% more efficient.

Seeing as how Ferrari won’t dabble in the super sedan segment, Maserati’s Quattroporte will be the only offer from the Fiat group. As you can imagine, a lot of effort will be put into making it the best offer on the market.


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