• Jun 23rd 2008 at 10:56AM
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Click above for high-res gallery of the new Maserati Quattroporte

It's hard not to love the Maserati Quattroporte. Between its Pininfarina lines and the Ferrari-developed chassis and engine, it's a veritable four-door exotic that makes the top-of-the-line competition from England and Germany look downright ordinary. But both countries are preparing tantalizing new offerings (Aston Martin Rapide and Porsche Panamera), and the Quattroporte has been on the market for five years now. With the complete replacement not due until 2012, Maserati has wisely developed a mid-lifecycle update for its sumptuous sedan. Now after squinting at spy shots for months, details and photos have begun to emerge in cyberspace.

The big question everyone was asking was whether this second-generation Quattroporte would continue with its current 400-hp 4.2-liter V8, or get treated to the more powerful 430-hp 4.7-liter unit that Maserati developed for the Alfa 8C and more recently shoehorned into the GranTurismo S. The answer is, yes. Like its two-door counterpart, the new Quattroporte will now be offered in two versions: the standard Quattroporte and the Quattroporte S. Both will come exclusively with the ZF-sourced six-speed automatic (jettisoning the clumsy sequential transmission that plagued the previous incarnation). Along with the new engine option, the Quattroporte has been treated to some new bodywork: the front grille and bumper have been reshaped and fitted with vertical slats to more closely resemble the GranTurismo's, the front and rear light clusters have been restyled with LEDs, the fenders sharpened up, the mirrors slimmed down and the tail styled more aggressively. Two new colors – a sandy beige and a maroon – are on offer, and the interior has also been ergonomically and stylistically refreshed, integrating the new Maserati Mutlimedia System.

Click on the thumbnails below to view the first crop of high-resolution images of the new Quattroporte.

[Source: OmniAuto.it]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      i like it...Maybe it is not as low and sporty looking as cls or upcoming AM Rapide, but it's million times better looking than fat-ass Panamera.

      btw when i first saw headlights first thing that popped up in my mind was BMW Z4
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the changes over what was before. The tail lights look better, the front end looks better. The wheels are a bit busy looking, but Ferrari Challenge style wheels will solve that nicely.

      Mesh the grille for the sport package, and paint it BLACK...

      Very slick and sinister.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As what many said about the MKS
      Kia taillights!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Gorgeous... simply stunning.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This misshapen lump does a good job of upholding the previous Quattroporte's title of the Ugliest Sedan Big Money Can Buy. Maserati can be justifiably proud not to have relinquished their belt, not that any other sedan really ever came close.

      For the next "freshening", Maserati designers should look to adding even more awkward out-of-place blingy fender vents. Only three abominations per side aren't enough.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Arguably the most desirable saloon in the world today, the Maserati Quattroporte, has gone under the knife for it's mid-life nip and tuck... http://www.eurocarblog.net
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car is gorgeous. I love Aston Martin and I really hope their Rapide will keep pace with the Quattroporte, the Panamera i'm not so keen on. However, if i'm in the market for a six-digit super sedan, i'm going to want comfort in the back seats and I'm not so sure the 4 door coupe styling of the Rapide and Panamera can offer that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why did they change the back lights? The back now resembles Daewoo Nubira...


      • 7 Years Ago
      The old Maser is still on my fav car list, because of the old grill! The old grill was the part of the Maser's design characteristic. This new grill with all the chrome is not bad looking for not for this car.........maybe for the new Buick.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the Maserati, but I would much rather have the S63 AMG.
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