Say ciao to the all-new Maserati Quattroporte - the lightest, biggest, and most powerful four-door Maz in the history of, erm, ever…
Mazzer’s playing its cards close to its chest, but we do know that the all-new V8 engine’s been designed and developed by Maserati and Ferrari engineers in Italy’s motor valley. And while you’d associate the products of Maranello to err on the thirsty side, this one’s meant to be more efficient and more powerful than the current car.
Maserati won’t tell us much about its leathery innards, either, but Lorenzo Ramaciotti, Head of the Maserati Design Centre, says: “Inside, the Quattroporte aims at essentiality, stressing the simplicity of lines and the full functionality of the on-board instrumentation. Functional elements are blended with soft quality surfaces made of prestigious woods and refined leathers.”
Read more about the new Mazz at TopGear.com.
The buxom GT slots in atop the company’s range and gets the tweaked 454bhp 4.7-litre V8 that’ll be fitted to the 2012 track-biased GranTurismo MC Stradale. Which is good news for power enthusiasts with more than one friend - unlike the MC, the GranTurismo Sport gets rear seats.
According to the Italians, it’s also undergone “a significant restyling” which, to our eyes, is not hugely significant. There’s a new bumper and lights, as well as slightly more gurn to the mouth, inherited from the MC Stradale - this increases airflow to the engine and brakes. It’s also sprouted a set of daytime running LED lamps and the taillights now have an “elegant, more aggressive, darker tone.” Or, as we prefer, “they have been tinted a bit”.
It’ll be unveiled at the 2012 Geneva motor show in March and production’s scheduled to start in September 2012 (at which point the old GranTurismo S will come to an end)
New GranTurismo Sport, we welcome you with open arms.