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.
A yearly celebration of Stuttgart’s finest in one awesome photo gallery. Click through to TopGear.com for the rest.
There are some things that we Americans are happy to avoid by living in the colonies like London congestion charges and driving on the complete wrong side of the road… but one thing we want but do not get is a chance to see Top Gear Live…
Ambitious? Certainly. Rubbish? Actually, this time we might just have got away with it. Less than a week to go until the opening night of Top Gear Live in Birmingham, and even hoary veterans of our arena extravaganza over the years will be hard-pressed to recognise this year’s show.
You see, we’ve now got our own indoor track. We’ve convinced a load celebrities to race our Reasonably Priced Car around it. We’ve lined up appearances from Sabine Schmitz and Tiff Needell and some of the finest cars ever built, and we’ve even recreated our TV studio for you to play with.
Plus, of course, we’ve got the usual car-based idiocy and explosions helmed by Jeremy, James, Richard and a certain white-suited tame racing driver.
So yeah. We’re jealous.
In typical Top Gear style we’re still finalising details, but we can confirm that in a cross between Chariots of Fire and Ben Hur, Clarkson, May and Hammond will compete in the first ever Moped Charioteering Race. Designed by the boys and powered by a bank of four 125cc mopeds. Each chariot features easy to misunderstand controls and is capable of ‘dangerous’ speeds.
If that’s deemed folly, how about Car Curling? Full-size cars on castors, a target and a powerful motorised sweeper operated by Captain Slow. And you’ll see some interesting uses of Morgan three-wheelers and radio controlled cars, but we won’t say more than that.
Oh, we can’t some of the finest cars in the world in a multi-million pound parade – confirmed so far are the Arash AF-10, Aston Martin DBS, Ferrari 430 Scuderia, Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Aventador, Lamborghini Countach, Lamborghini Diablo and Porsche 911 GT2 RS. And there will be more…
Click through for more details plus a hilarious video of Jeremy and James ‘promoting’ the show.
When the VW Passat CC debuted in 2008, it was jokingly referred to as the “poor
man’s person’s CLS” due to it’s sexy but height restricting roofline.
But it was also a rather good car and perhaps what the original Passat should have been.
Well now VW wants you to drop the “poor persons” bit and consider the updated CC “luxury class”:
The front and rear of the new non-Passat CC has minor styling tweaks, and VW claims it’s now nearer the “automotive luxury class”. There’s also bi-xenon headlights, static cornering lights and a new LED rear headlight system as standard.
VW has also fitted it with stainless steel sill plates, safety head restraints and - somewhat tellingly - fatigue detection. Can’t imagine why…
In the words of Kanye West, perhaps the CC is now the ‘other other other’ Benz.