In the realm of Supercars, one marque still manages to hold its head(lights) high amongst a sea of competitors like Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini, and that of course is Maserati. AF was at the launch of the all-new Quattroporte recently, which was also attended by Mr. Gaetano G Marino, Regional Director South East Asia & Pacific, Maserati Asia Pacific, Yg. Bhg. Datuk Maruan Mohd Said, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategic Investment Division,NAZA World and En. Wan Ahmad, General Manager, NAZA Italia Sdn Bhd.
Datuk Wira SM Faisal iterated,“NAZA Italia Sdn Bhd ensures our customers that they will receive only top-of-the-line customer service to match the legendary performance, technology, and sophistication of their cars,” adding that the overwhelming response received by NAZA Italia since its appointment as Maserati importer and distributor in 2009, prompted the company’s decision to establish the flagship showroom and state-of-the-art sales, service & spare parts centre in Malaysia to better serve the Maserati car owners.
“Maserati is a very distinctive brand, catered to the niche and we are very confident of the sales of the Quattroporte, as proven by our customers’ acceptance of the various Maserati models over the years,” he said. He expects the sales of the Quattroporte to be encouraging, with the number of bookings even prior to the official car launch being overwhelming.
The flagship of the Maserati Quattroporte range, the Quattroporte GTS, has dazzled luxury car aficionados with its 3.8-litre V8 Twin Turbo and become the most sought-after Maserati of modern times. Now, the 307km/h, 390kW (530Hp) V8 Quattroporte is being joined by a more economical, more affordable and more environmentally-friendly V6 model.
The Twin Turbo 3.0-litre V6 engine delivers another distinct price and performance point for the Quattroporte S. The Twin Turbo V6 engines utilize much of the Twin Turbo V8’s already-proven technology; including its variable valve timing, its valve drive system and its direct fuel injection. Opting for V6 power takes little away from the Quattroporte hallmark performance, delivering 301kW (410Hp) of power and 550Nm of torque that has the ability to drive the Quattroporte V6 to 100km/h in less than five seconds and on to a top speed of 285km/h – just 2km/h short of the superseded Quattroporte Sport GT S V8.
Maserati engineers – whose competence is matched by their passion, have refined the Quattroporte’s design with technology that’s revolutionary for the luxury sedan segment in order to develop a car capable of fitting different powertrain architectures and transmission configurations to diverse driving conditions, whilst always maintaining Maserati’s trademark ‘limousine’ comfort.
The sixth-generation Quattroporte was engineered to carry both V6 and V8 engines, helping it to set the high-technology tone for Maserati’s upcoming Ghibli and Levante while remaining faithful to Maserati’s long history in luxury sports sedans. Accommodating the two potent engines and the large, spacious, luxuriously appointed cabin remain at the core of the Quattroporte’s design, which is dominated by its long, powerful nose. Its concave Trident grille also provides a clear link to both the outgoing Quattroporte and the current GranTurismo.
Even with all of its new technology, the new Quattroporte remains true to Maserati’s roots. At the top of the range, the V8 Twin Turbo makes it the fastest four-door Maserati ever built, while the V6 Twin Turbo makes it the most economical, while still capable of 0-100km/h times in less than five seconds.
Both of the engines in the direct-injection gasoline engine family have been designed by Maserati Powertrain in conjunction with Ferrari Powertrain and assembled by Ferrari at Maranello. All Quattroportes utilize an eight-speed automatic transmission to deliver their performance and it provides seamless comfort with fast gearshift for hard acceleration.
The Quattroporte’s all-new architecture retains its traditionally exquisite handling with all of its engines thanks to its perfectly balanced weight distribution, a double-wishbone front suspension and a state-of-the-art five-link rear suspension. It can now deliver the added security and all-weather assurance of all-wheel drive as well.
It also delivers new standards in quality in every area from design, development, fabrication and process controls. It is produced in a new plant that combines Maserati’s traditions of craftsmanship with cutting-edge technologies that are able to guarantee outstanding quality by controlling even the tiniest details.
Traditional hand crafted detailing continues in the Quattroporte’s cabin, and this has been added to with even more interior space in all seats and both four and five-seat layouts. Cabin luxury leaps forward technically, too, with features like the Poltrona Frau® premium quality fine grain extended leather interior upholstery, Alcantara® Headlining, Maserati Touch Control screen including Navigation, reversing camera, radio, CD/DVD audio/video player, Bluetooth compatibility with most modern mobile phone systems, Apple Chip, USB with Aux-in, INOX Sport pedals, 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system – standard for V8 and optional for V6, as well as optional WLAN-based WiFi.
With the original Quattroporte in 1963, Maserati invented the concept of the luxury sports sedan and the new Quattroporte continues to be the benchmark for high quality engineering, supercar performance and limousine comfort.
“The Maserati Quattroporte is yet another exotic high-performance masterpiece with unique driving characteristics that follow classic and iconic maserati design. It embodies the high-life on wheels – elegance, style and performance. No less. Quality and craftsmanship are distinctive features of this car. With significant mechanical refinement, a majestic silhouette with bold, muscular lines and enhanced sophistication through technical development, this model is earning more praise among luxury car enthusiasts the world over,” said Datuk Wira SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Joint Group Executive Chairman of NAZA Group of Companies.
“The launch of yet another exciting Maserati car model that offers modernity, sensuality and passion reflects our commitment towards enhancing the lives and lifestyles of our customers,” Datuk Wira SM Faisal further added. Those looking for a luxurious car will certainly be seduced by the Quattroporte elegance and stylish design – with its power and sportiness, aptly reflecting its theme, “A Celebration of Elegance, Technology and Power”.
The new Quattroporte V8 is available at the introductory price of RM 1,138,800.00 and the V6 is offered at RM898,800.00.
More exciting information about MASERATI QUATTROPORTE can be obtained at www.maseratidealers.com/naza-italia