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As promised, the Detroit Auto Show marked Maseratis debut of the fully automatic transmission they're to begin offering in the beautiful Quattroporte sedan. The sumptuous Italian four-door was previously offered exclusively with the DuoSelect manu-matic transmission, derived from Ferrari's F1 gearbox and offered in the two-door Maserati range as Cambriocorsa. While the sequential transmission, which remains on offer alongside the new automatic, has improved greatly over the years, the bean-counters evidently thought Maserati could sell more Quattroportes if it had a smoother-shifting conventional automatic, with torque-converter and all. The transmission they fitted is a ZF-sourced six-speed unit; the high-revving Ferrari-designed V8, super-luxe interior, jaw-dropping Italian styling and everything else carry over from before.

Apparently viewing the Quattroporte as more vital to their North American sales, Maserati opted not to show the rest of their range at the Detroit show, so the GranSport and MC12 had to sit this one out to make room for three of their bigger brothers. The Quattroportes weren't lonely, though...Maserati brought in some leggy models to keep them company.

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PRESS RELEASE:

MASERATI QUATTROPORTE

1. MASERATI – excellence through passion

THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE NEW MASERATI is to produce cars capable of conveying unique emotions in every situation, containing excellent content in terms of technology and craftsmanship in quality and finish. The Maserati production facility is a modern and technological workshop located in Modena, where powerful 'works of art' are produced that have won more than 30 awards of international recognition. This has been made possible by the true passion with which every engineer, technician and specialist designs, tests, and refines each individual vehicle as if it were their own.

To learn more about Maserati's accolades visit www.maseratiawards.com

2. TECHNOLOGY – excellence at the driver's command

COMFORT---------------------QUATTROPORTE RANGE----------------------------à SPORTINESS

QUATTROPORTE AUTOMATIC

Main Feature: 6-speed ZF automatic transmission provides maximum comfort in every situation.

Exterior Features:

front grille with horizontal chrome strips
11-spoke 18'' alloy wheel rims
Interior Features:

rear seats with separate electrical controls and seat/seat back adjustment

QUATTROPORTE AUTOMATIC EXECUTIVE GT

Main Feature: 6-speed ZF automatic transmission provides maximum comfort in every situation.

Exterior Features:

Executive GT badge on front pillars
chrome mesh front grille
chrome side grilles
ball-polished 9-spoke 19" alloy wheel rims
Interior Features:

leather steering wheel with wood inserts
Alcantara roof lining
rear seat comfort package
rear passenger climate controls

QUATTROPORTE AUTOMATICA SPORT GT

Main Feature: 6-speed ZF automatic transmission provides maximum comfort in every situation; steering-wheel paddles to emphasize this version's sporty nature.

Exterior Features:

Sport GT badge on front pillars
Sport set-up
7-spoke 20'' alloy wheel rims
cross-drilled disc brakes
black chrome front grille and trident with red accents
Interior Features:

carbon-fiber finish
sport steering wheel
standard steering-wheel paddles (as well as automatic gear change lever)
aluminum pedals

QUATTROPORTE DUOSELECT

Main Feature: Electronically actuated DuoSelect gearbox, with steering-wheel paddles: GT experience and comfort in true flagship style.

Exterior Features:

front grille with horizontal chrome strips
11-spoke 19''alloy wheel rims
Interior Features:

rear seats with separate electrical controls and seat/seat back adjustment
steering-wheel paddles

QUATTROPORTE DUOSELECT EXECUTIVE GT

Main Feature: Electronically actuated DuoSelect gearbox, with steering-wheel paddles: GT experience and comfort in true flagship style.

Exterior Features:

Executive GT badge on front pillars
chrome mesh front grille
chrome side grilles
ball-polished 9-spoke 19" alloy wheel rims
Interior Features:

leather steering wheel with wood inserts
steering-wheel paddles
Alcantara roof lining
rear seat comfort package
rear passenger climate controls

QUATTROPORTE DUOSELECT SPORT GT

Main Feature: DuoSelect gearbox with retuned software for faster gear changes and sporty set-up create a sedan which has been called the best handling in the world*.

Exterior Features:

Sport GT badge on front pillars
black chrome front grille and trident with red accents
sporty set-up
7-spoke 20'' alloy wheel rims
cross-drilled discs
Interiors:

sport steering wheel
steering-wheel paddles
carbon-fiber finish
aluminum pedals

THE MASERATI QUATTROPORTE offers the comfort of a luxury flagship and the precise driving dynamics of a genuine touring car, simultaneously and without compromise. The technical solutions adopted guarantee performance, perfect balance and safety; the original Maserati style makes it the authentic 'Italian Flagship', winner of 25 'Best Car' awards.

AVAILABLE IN TWO SPORTS RANGES:

Quattroporte Automatic and Quattroporte DuoSelect; the latter is characterized by different technical features in terms of engine, type of gearbox and transmission layout. Both the Quattroporte Automatic and the Quattroporte DuoSelect are available in the Executive GT and Sport GT versions.

QUATTROPORTE DUOSELECT SPORT GT:

Within the axles layout of the power unit complete with transmission and gearbox (transaxle layout)

ENGINE – 400 HP V8

The 90°, 4244 cm³, 8-cylinder V-engine, light and compact, delivers prompt and progressive power of 400 HP (295 kW) at 7000 rpm, equal to a specific power of 95.2 HP/liter. Distribution is by four overhead camshafts, two per bank, chain driven, with four valves per cylinder controlled by hydraulic tappets. The aspirated camshafts, with a continuous-phase high-pressure speed gear-change, have a characteristic profile which optimizes power delivery even at low engine speeds. The accelerator is 'Drive by Wire', electronically controlled, with no mechanical linkages. While having the same maximum power, the V8 has different technical features and set-up depending on the version:

· Quattroporte Automatic: with its distinct Maserati blue engine heads, stressing soft and fluid driving with a maximum torque of 460 Nm at 4250 rpm, 75% of which is available at 2500 rpm;

· Quattroporte DuoSelect: V8 red heads and dry-plate clutch lubrication; a technical solution on a par with the most advanced racing engines, with a maximum speed of 275 Km/h.

TRANSMISSIONS – HYDRAULIC OR DUOSELECT

HYDRAULIC: this is the six-speed Maserati transmission of the Quattroporte Automatic. A hydraulic torque transformer favors soft and fluid clutch engagement, without neglecting fast gear changing to the advantage of driving comfort. Not forsaking its touring car spirit, The Quattroporte Automatic can also be driven manually by using the stick located on the central tunnel or by selecting the 'Sport' mode and thus making the most of all engine speeds and taking driving to a higher level. The 'Sport GT' Automatic version is also designed with standard steering-wheel paddles

DUOSELECT: this is the electrically actuated six-speed gearbox of the Quattroporte DuoSelect, derived from the F1 technology. Created to enhance sporty driving and the dynamic features of the car, by acting on paddles behind the steering wheel, the true performance spirit of the car is brought out by the speed and precision of the gear changes. By pressing the 'Sport' button, the stability becomes more rigid and gear changing becomes even faster, providing true competition car excitement.

TRANSAXLE AND WEIGHT BALANCE

The secret which transforms the Quattroporte from a traditional sedan to a flagship with the best handling in the world* lies in the weight-distribution, which is totally unique in the segment, sending a greater percentage of weight over the rear axle. This set-up, achieved by moving the engine back behind the front axle, allows for maximum traction, pickup capacity during acceleration, and exceptionally stable and balanced behavior in all driving situations.

In the Quattroporte DuoSelect, this feature has been further enhanced by the Transaxle architecture or the technical choice of positioning the gearbox behind and locked to the differential. Usually applied to high-performance sports or racing cars, the Quattroporte DuoSelect is the first and only sedan to adopt this effective technology.

The distribution is at 47% front 53% rear for the Quattroporte DuoSelect and a careful study of the positioning of the mechanical members also allows for an optimal weight distribution in the Quattroporte Automatic of 49% front, 51% rear.

SUSPENSION AND SKYHOOK - COMFORT AND PERFORMANCE

Advanced suspension architecture, in combination with the Skyhook system, reconciles the demands for excellent performance with uncompromising comfort. The suspension comprises of deformable quadrilaterals with forged aluminum hub supports and arms; thanks to Antidive and Antisquat geometries, the front end does not drop during braking or the rear end during acceleration. These features ensure maximum levels of shock absorption to guarantee safety and stability.

The Skyhook system, developed in collaboration with Mannesmann-Sachs, enables automatic control of the dampening: a series of sensors that register the movements of the wheels and car body instantaneously adapt the shock absorbers to the roadway. Depending on the type of steering, one can choose between two functions: Normal (soft setting to guarantee maximum comfort) and Sport (more rigid setting to 'feel' the road like a true 'GT').

INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY PROVIDES EXCEPTIONAL CONTROL IN EVERY SITUATION

The 330-mm four-disc self-ventilating braking system, acted on by four-piston calipers, offers top-of-the-line performance, ensuring and maintaining high performance even under the most intense use.

ACTIVE:

· Brembo braking system with four self-ventilating discs (cross-drilled for the Sport GT);

· front 330 mm × 32 mm; rear 330 mm × 28 mm

· fixed four-piston calipers with differentiated diameter in front, four-piston calipers at the rear

· anti-lock braking system ABS

· electronically controlled braking distributor EBD

· MSP stability control (includes ABS, EBD and ASR)

PASSIVE:

· Steel bearing body construction with aluminum bonnets at front and rear: meeting the most rigorous passive safety standards, guaranteeing full compliance with the latest standards for collision protection.

· 6 airbags: 2 front, 2 side (front), 2 side curtain (front and rear).

· seat belts with electronically controlled pyrotechnical pretensioners.

· inertial switch (acting on the gas pumps to prevent fire in case of a violent collision).

3. QUATTROPORTE AUTOMATIC – comfort above all

REVIVING THE SPIRIT OF THE ITALIAN FLAGSHIP, the car combines the comfort and ease of use of a luxury sedan with the pleasure of a pure 'drivers' car. The interior in Frau Leather, the automatic transmission, the luxury wood, the refined mechanics and the unique design of Maserati make it the winner of 25 'Best Car' awards from international magazines.

MECHANICALS: PERFECT BALANCE

MASERATI V8

The normally aspirated 4244-cm V8, with two overhead camshafts, continuous-phase speed change gear at the aspiration side, four valves per cylinder controlled by hydraulic tappets, favors torque at low engine revolutions (460 Nm at 4250 rpm) yet with all the punch of a Maserati V8 (400 HP at 7000 rpm). The arrangement of the V8 inside the front axle ensures perfect balance of the loads between the front and rear axles (49% / 51%)2), to the full advantage of the on-road behavior.

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HYDRAULIC GEARBOX: Maximum driving ease with the new 6-speed transmission, with sixth gear tuned to reduce fuel consumption and noise. To retain driving pleasure, the gearbox can be operated manually by the stick located on the central tunnel.

WINNING COMBINATION: The state-of-the-art collaboration between Maserati and ZF made it possible to create the new hydraulic transmission that heralds the advance of the V8 into the low/medium range, but does not limit the power, guaranteeing gear changes even up to 7200 rpm. This is how top performance is born: maximum speed of 270 km/h and acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 5.6 sec.

ON BOARD: LUXURY DESIGNED FOR LONG JOURNEYS

The interior confirms the elegant and unique style of Maserati, expressing the craftsman like quality of the finish and the comfort of a flagship car designed for long journeys. The design is born under the sign of a luxurious functionality offering rapid and safe mastery of all the controls to drivers and a refined and technological space to passengers.

The vehicle comes standard with electrically adjustable 14-position front seats, the driver's seat having three memory settings and 'Easy Entry' system. Maximum attention has been given to the rear passengers, thanks to comfortable electrically adjustable seats. The automatic twin-zone air conditioning, with new control software, a new air flow distribution, and standard laminated window panes, assures a high degree of thermal insulation, even when outside temperatures are high.

As with the best Made in Italy and 'tailor-made' tradition, the furnishings are Frau Leather and woods of the finest quality. The customer can appoint the car to his or her own taste, selecting from among nine interior colors and five types of wood: Rosewood, Walnut, Mahogany, Black Piano and Tanganyika, a new material whose characteristic grain emphasizes the harmony and elegance of the interior. The standard features are completed by the sophisticated Bose system developed specially for the Quattroporte.

"EXECUTIVE GT" AND "SPORT GT"

Quattroporte Automatic comes in two other versions: Executive GT and Sport GT.

The Executive GT version enhances the luxury of the materials used and the elegant designs. Recognizable by its chrome front grille, its side grilles and ball-polished 19'' wheel rims, this version pays close attention to the luxury of the interior and to the sophisticated finish.

The Sport GT version has been designed to meet the requirements of clients who wish to enjoy the performance spirit and the sporty nature of the Quattroporte, indulging the typical ease of driving of a luxury flagship car. The Sport GT features a trident with red accents on the front, as used to appear on racing cars in the past, standard sport 'mesh' grill and a carbon fiber interior.

From a technical point of view, a specific and sportier setting of the Skyhook software which manages the suspension gives it a distinct character, thus making full use of the 20'' wheel rims and of the steering-wheel-mounted transmission paddles (standard on Sport GT).

4. QUATTROPORTE DUOSELECT – the first true sports flagship

THE QUATTROPORTE DUOSELECT enhances the sports car spirit of the Maserati flagship, guaranteeing driving excitement in true GT style. Having faster gear shifting times and standard 20'' wheel rims, the 'Sport GT' version emphasizes the sporty nature of the Quattroporte DuoSelect, making it the winner1) of 25 'World's Best Car' awards and the executive sedan with the best handling in the world.

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Standard steering-wheel paddles on the Quattroporte DuoSelect Sport GT
Fixed Calipers at the front
Cross-Drilled Self-Ventilating Disc Brakes at all four wheels

SPORTS CAR SPIRIT

MASERATI V8, 400 HP, DRY-PLATE CLUTCH: aspirated 4244 cm V8, 400 HP at 7000 rpm, distribution with two overhead camshafts, continuous-phase speed change gear at the aspiration side, four valves per cylinder controlled by hydraulic tappets, dry-plate clutch lubrication to lower the center of gravity of the vehicle.

DUOSELECT: derived from the F1 technology, an electrically actuated gearbox with computerized selection of 6 gears and electrohydraulic control. The levers on the steering wheel and the new electronic control enable fast shifting and rev-matching when downshifting.

TRANSAXLE: the gearbox is positioned on the rear axle, locked to the differential, so as to guarantee a perfect weight distribution: 47% over the front axle and 53% over the rear axle. This maximizes traction and makes the dynamic behavior exceptionally stable and balanced.

INTEGRATED ELECTRONICS: when the driver selects the sport mode, gear changing time is reduced; the structure becomes more rigid to improve the dynamic behavior, and in sporty driving the roar of the V8 is distinguished by a more intense sound when idling.

WHEELS AND BRAKES: the 20" wheel rims, which contain tire pressure control system, are connected to the brakes by metal braided lines and cross-drilled discs to further improve the braking quality and maintain it at maximum levels, even under the most intense use.

SPORT GT AND EXECUTIVE GT

Quattroporte DuoSelect comes in two other versions: Sport GT and Executive GT. The Sport GT version has been designed to meet the requirements of clients who wish to enjoy the performance spirit and the sporty nature of the Quattroporte DuoSelect, indulging the typical ease of driving of luxury flagship cars. Trident with red accents on the front, as used to appear on racing cars in the past, standard black chrome sport 'mesh' grille and carbon fiber interior.

From a technical point of view, a specific and sportier setting of the Skyhook software which manages the suspension gives it a distinct character, thus making full use of the 20'' wheel rims and of the steering-wheel-mounted gearshift paddles.

The Executive GT version enhances the luxury of the materials used and the elegant designs. Recognizable by its chrome front grille, its side grilles and ball-polished 19'' wheel rims, this version pays close attention to the luxury of the interior and to the sophisticated finish.

V8, 4244 cm, two banks of cylinders arranged at an opening of 90°.
Derived from the world of racing cars, this configuration provides balance and unique elasticity to the propulsor.

5. CUSTOMIZATION – Endless combinations for a unique car

Front seats comfort package
Rear retractable tables

THE ALFIERI MASERATI WORKSHOPS

The Alfieri Maserati Workshops customization program has been developed in order to allow each customer to 'build' his or her own customized Maserati. The most diverse needs and ways to enjoy the car are satisfied through the vast choice of colors, outfitting and finishes available. In terms of chromatic choice, the customer can choose from 10 different colors for the exterior as well as the ability to reproduce unique colors by samples. The interior can be customized by matching together the preferred leather colors, types of wood, and yarn and carpet stitching.

The equipment on the Quattroporte can be further upgraded with a large choice of contents, devised for daily drivers who wish to further improve their quality of life while traveling. The program includes, for example, a comfort package for the front and rear seats (heating, ventilation, massage and, for the front seats, automatic system for self-adjusting the seat stuffing to the movements of the body), the Rear Climate Package (rear climate and side blinds controls) plus other accessories designed to make the journey on board enjoyable (CD player, GSM telephone and Rear Seat Entertainment, including rear central screen, DVD player and TV tuner).

In order for Maserati to ensure an elegant and comfortable environment for its customers, the roof lining is provided completely in Alcantara, while refinement reaches maximum standards with the 'Luxury' outfitting, where the lining is in natural leather.

Thanks to the craftsman like work, it is possible to satisfy other requirements 'ad hoc'1) such as signing the fender protector with your own name or your company logo.

The Alfieri Maserati Workshops is a genuine high fashion studio at the disposal of the customer as long as the technical, homologation, and quality requirements are met in order to carry out the order.

6. MASERATI SERVICES

INDIVIDUALLY TESTED

Each car, before being delivered to the customer, is not only checked and driven on the test stand, but also tested directly on the road by inspection experts for around 50 km.

FACTORY DELIVERY

Available in certain markets, the moment of delivery can be experienced directly at Modena in the historical Maserati facilities and in the fascinating Showroom designed by Ron Arad. Through a tour of the production line, you can see with your own eyes how a Maserati is built.

3-YEAR WARRANTY AND ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE SERVICE

Maserati guarantees for 36 months and unlimited mileage the quality and performance of its vehicles.

The Maserati Assistance Service 1) is a program offered free of charge for 3 years (and unlimited mileage) and includes an exclusive series of services in addition to those under the warranty.

The services included are: roadside help, replacement vehicle, taxi for pickup and delivery of replacement vehicle, return of passengers, or continuation of the trip, retrieval of the repaired vehicle, lodging expenses, and repatriation of the vehicle from another country, emergency expense advance, automotive information (Italy only), information about the authorized network of the manufacturer, medical assistance.

Services are provided by the operations centers, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and may vary per market.

FINANCIAL AND INSURANCE OFFERS

Buying a Maserati has never been easier: financial offers and insurance policy personalized to the customer's needs.

'TRIDENT DISCOVERIES' – CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED

An exclusive program guaranteeing for one year and unlimited mileage the best used Maserati cars. To enjoy the same type of assistance reserved for new vehicles, the used Maserati must be less than 5 years old, must have done less than 90,000 km, and must undergo a series of rigorous checks.

Countries covered by the service are: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy (including San Marino and Vatican City), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Principality of Monaco, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom.

The 'Trident Discoveries' program is applicable to the following models: Maserati Coupé and Spyder not more than 5 years old and under 90,000 km; Maserati 3200 GT and Quattroporte Evoluzione not more than 5 years old and under 80,000 km. For more information, consult your nearest Maserati dealer or visit the website: www.maseratipreowned.com

7. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

QUATTROPORTE AUTOMATIC
ENGINE

Displacement
4244 cm

Bore
92 mm

Stroke
79.8 mm

Compression ratio
11:1

Max power output
295 kW (400 HP)

Engine speed at max power output
7000 rpm

Peak torque
460 Nm (47 kgm)

Engine speed at peak torque
4250 rpm

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS

Length
5052 mm

Width
1895 mm

Height
1438 mm

Wheelbase
3064 mm

Front track
1582 mm

Rear track
1595 mm

Front overhang
856 mm

Rear overhang
1132 mm

Turning circle
12.3 m

Boot capacity
450 l

Fuel tank capacity
90 l

Dry weight
1880 kg *

Kerb weight
1990 kg *

PERFORMANCE

Top speed
270 km/h

Acceleration 0-100 km/h
5.6 s

Fuel consumption (combined cycle)
14.7 l /100 km

CO2 emissions (combined cycle)
345 g/km

QUATTROPORTE DUO SELECT

SPORT GT VERSION
ENGINE

Displacement
4244 cm

Bore
92 mm

Stroke
79.8 mm

Compression ratio
11:1

Max power output
295 kW (400 HP)

Engine speed at max power output
7000 rpm

Peak torque
451 Nm (46 kgm)

Engine speed at peak torque
4500 rpm

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS

Length
5052 mm

Width
1895 mm

Height
1438 mm

Wheelbase
3064 mm

Front track
1582 mm

Rear track
1595 mm

Front overhang
856 mm

Rear overhang
1132 mm

Turning circle
12.3 m

Boot capacity
450 l

Fuel tank capacity
90 l

Dry weight
1860 kg *

Kerb weight
1970 kg *

PERFORMANCE

Top speed
275 km/h

Acceleration 0-100 km/h
5.2 s

Fuel consumption (combined cycle)
15.8 l /100 km

CO2 emissions (combined cycle)
370 g/km

8. THE WORLD OF MASERATI – live the excitement

WEB AND CAR CONFIGURATOR

Launched at the end of 2002 and awarded in 2004 as being the best website in the world among luxury automobiles, Maserati.com offers every type of information about models, services, and the company, along with multimedia content and high resolution images. Users can configure all the vehicles in the line using the configurators and also follow the sports activities of the company directly at www.maseraticorse.com.

For Maserati customers, an exclusive website has been created at www.owners.maserati.com.

RACING

After 500 victories and many years of absence from racing, Maserati returned to competition in 2004, winning the FIA GT Internazionale with the MC12. In 2005 the Maserati MC12 won the manufacturer and team awards, and in 2006 it won the driver award and, again, the team award. Also worthy of mention is its victory for the second year running at the Spa 24 Hour.

MASTER MASERATI DRIVING COURSES

Professional drivers (e.g. F1, DTM, Rally, Indy) tutor those who want to live out Maserati excitement on the racetrack. There are three types of courses to satisfy increasing driving ambition.

MASTER GT MASERATI: 'An intense and entertaining program, structured over two days, to learn about and experience the excitement of a 400 horsepower Maserati in full safety'.

MASTER MASERATI ADVANCED: The advanced driving course is intended for those who have already taken the Master GT.

MASTER MASERATI RACING: The intense sports driving course, behind the wheel of the Trofeo and GranSport models.

For information and registration: Master Maserati Office, tel. +39 0525 55 11 38 | info@mastergt.it

fax: +39 0525 55 11 40 | www.maserati.com.


FACTORY TOUR AND MASERATI COLLECTION

It is now possible to visit the facilities at Modena, the brand new showroom designed by Ron Arad and also the Panini museum, where the most beautiful Maseratis of the century are lovingly kept. For the true fan, the new range of official 'Maserati Collection' products is available.

The tour is only by appointment and reservations can be made at dealerships around the world.