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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

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

Source: Maserati via ZerCustoms

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

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…

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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Maserati plans new mid-range M5-killer, slots below Quattroporte


Italian luxury carmaker Maserati has always had a bit of a problem with its models, as you didn’t really know where they were supposed to slot it. The Quattroporte is a great example, as its dimensions usually recommended it for a mid-range lineup, but its price was even higher than a BMW 7 Series for example.

Now, the future of the brand is a bit more clearer as will be its vehicle lineup soon enough. It seems that the Italian company will reveal a new mid-range sedan that will slot in below the Quattroporte. It will be positioned, from a performance standpoint, against other super-sedans like the BMW M5, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG or the Audi RS6. The price for this new Maserati will be around $74,000.

Also, according to some rumors, the current Quattroporte will receive a new generation in the near future, that will take it even more upmarket, in order to do battle with full-size sedans and grand tourers. Expect the price of the model, now at around $120,000, to increase, in order to give the smaller model more breathing room.

The rest of the Maserati offerings, the GranTurismo and GranCabrio will continue on the market, as they are still quite new in their own niches.

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Fernando Alonso gets new Maserati GranCabrio


Formula 1 drivers aren’t exactly the poorest guys on Earth, so they usually afford to buy quite a lot of cars for off the track use. But for those who are racing for a manufacturer-owned team, the company car is given to them for free.

This is what happened to two-time F1 champ Fernando Alonso, who won the first race of the 2010 season in Bahrain for Ferrari. After his switch from Renault to the Italian team, the Spanish driver was left without a car, as the Megane RS was returned.

Seeing as how the guy barely had enough money for something decent, Ferrari decided to hook him up with a model from the Fiat family. No, it’s not a Panda, but a Maserati GranCabrio convertible. It seems that Alonso had enough of driving fast but not so comfortable sportscars, and decided that a comfy GranCabrio would be perfect.


The model, powered by a 4.7-liter V8, capable of 440 HP, has been decked out with some special features, and will be showcased by Alonso everywhere he goes. While he will be enjoying the open top fun between F1 races, we’ll be here wondering what it’s like to live such a life.

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Maserati might follow Ferrari’s hybrid efforts


Whether we like it or not, hybrid powertrains, one way or another, will eventually reach all carmakers, including supercar manufacturers like Ferrari or Lamborghini. According to InsideLine, it seems that Maserati will also join the other two Italian brands in the quest for more efficient models.

Even though they have been separated a few years ago, thanks to the same boss (Fiat), the two luxury carmakers will collaborate on future hybrid projects. This partnership includes Maserati using Maranello technology to both reduce weight and emissions from its future models.

A key role will be played by the Ferrari’s KERS technology, as showcased last week in Geneva with the 599 HY-KERS hybrid concept. While we can’t say we approve, Maserati models haven’t really broken records lately in terms of sales, so perhaps offering hybrid alternatives while shedding some pounds could work wonders for the Italian luxury carmaker.

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Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S Awards Edition to be revealed in Geneva


Maserati is continuing its steady line of limited editions for its various models, and has just announced that a special Quattroporte Awards Edition will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

All of the special models will be based on the Sport GT S spec, and will add new, even more exclusive accessories. These include a special Quarzo Fuso exterior paint scheme, burnished chrome elements on the outisde or 20-inch Multi Trident wheels.


For the inside, customers opting for the Awards Edition will be treated to a mix of Alcantara on the headliner and the seats, alongside Poltrona Frau leather. Aluminum door sills and a piano black satin finish on the wood moldings complete the luxury feel of the Italian model.

You’ll be able to see the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S Awards Edition in Geneva and on the market this summer.

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Maserati Quattroporte gets the hearse treatment


As long as cars that will change their looks depending on how we feel or what we want are still located a long way into the future, there will always be people who modify current models either to increase their performance or uncover a new side of their personality.

But it seems that one coachbuilder, Intercar Modena, took things a bit too seriously, or more like morbidly, and transformed a beautiful Maserati Quattroporte into a hearse. Yeah, a hearse as in taking your remains to the cemetery in the purest Italian style.


I’m not so sure many of us will be seeing such things on the road, especially since it costs €250,000 (around $340,350) but the idea of the project is one of the most original ones we’ve seen so far. What do you think?

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Fiat reportedly planning to merge Alfa Romeo, Abarth and Maserati


Fiat definitely has quite a few brands to take care of, but a recent move in its corporate structure has generated a big rumor, according to which the Italian company is planning to merge Alfa Romeo, Abarth and Maserati under one single, sports-orientated sub-brand.

This rumor started when Abarth and Maserati CEO Harald Wester was also named the new boss over Alfa Romeo, and will try to improve the brand which hasn’t been doing so well in recent times, and make sure the launch of the new Giulietta hatchback goes off as smoothly as possible.

Frankly, I don’t believe such a move will actually happen, as Abarth is quite busy marketing popular versions of Fiat models, while Maserati is providing a classy alternative for those not in the market for a Ferrari. Hopefully Alfa will improve under Wester and become popular once more.

What do you believe? Share your thoughts below.

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Maserati reveals two special editions of GranTurismo S model, one for Middle East, one for Italy


Maserati is a smart company as it knows where the money is still coming from and what markets haven’t been really influenced by the recession: its native Italy, more or less, and the Middle East. That is why the company has announced two special editions dedicated to the two regions.

The first one goes to the Middle East (show here in front of the Yas Marina Formula 1 circuit in Abu Dhabi), where a limited run of 12 Maserati GranTurismo S models will be made, decked out in Matte White “Ice” paint, and will feature many options from the MC Sports Line. 12 is a symbolic number, as it represents the number of awards the MC12 model got in the FIA GT championship, and the number of dealerships Maserati has in the Middle East, as each of them will get a single car.


For its native Italians, only 11 cars will be made, sporting a Matte Bianco Fuji paint with pearlescent nuances, and will also feature exclusive options from the MC Sports Line.

No word on pricing, but considering how exclusive these cars will be, it will definitely make a hole in the wallets of the future customers.

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Michael Schumacher drives a bartender in a Maserati, proves drinking and driving don’t mix


Drinking and driving is one of the worst things you can do if you own a car. As such, there have been plenty of campaigns which have tried, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding, to get people aware of the deadly implications of this crime.

But the latest ad for Bacardi Limited opted to take a more tongue-in-cheek approach, by making famous bartender Salvatore Calabrese attempt to make a cocktail. Fine, but what does that have to do with driving? Well he needed to create the drink while in the passenger seat of a beatiful Maserati GranTurismo S, driven by none other than seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher.

Needless to say, the German driver went all out and the cocktail ended up all over the Italian sports car. Hit the jump to see the video of how it all went down.

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