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With Ferrari spending so much time and money talking up its hybrid, KERS, lighter weight and more efficient V8 plans, it's natural to find sister company Maserati not far back in tow. But before the Trident brand goes fully over to the Eco side, the 2012 Quattroporte will be taking the intermediate step of losing weight, increasing fuel economy and adding stop-start tech.

According to Maserati CEO Harald Wester the weight loss target is 15%, the mileage target a 25% improvement, both of which will be aided by smaller, lighter V6 and V8 engines and an eight-speed transmission. The target will be even more difficult to hit because the Q'Porte reportedly will be available with all-wheel drive, built on a platform to be shared among every high-end Fiat and Chrysler vehicle.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]

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      They're going to put a V6 in a Maserati? Won't that kind of make it not so exotic then?

      I suppose I wouldn't mind much if it still sounds as good as their V8's, but for whatever reason I just feel that having a V8 is somehow more mystical.

      Also, I thought that a lot of reviewers felt that the Gran Turismo already needed some more power, but I suppose that if they make their cars lighter(which they really need to do in my opinion) then the power deficit might be offset.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "My Maserati does 185, I lost my license -- now I don't drive."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whenver I see a Maserati post I always think 'nice - but so much $$ for so little reliability'. And then I read this line. Funny Thanks for the chuckle Autoblog

      "it's natural to find sister company Maserati not far back in tow"
      • 5 Years Ago
      A lot of mixed signals here.

      AWD optional = Good - maybe.
      Less weight = Good

      Start/stop... not so convinced
      Hybrid... not so impressed
      Sharing the chassis with cars at a lower price point... not so enthused.

      Doesn't the Quattroporte have a rear automated-clutch transaxle now? Why would an 8-speed automatic gearbox be better? GO DUAL CLUTCH!!!!

      I like AWD... but I would think I would like a rear transaxle better, even if that relegated to RWD. GT-R has the rear gearbox, and AWD... but also 6 driveshafts under the car... it gets complex after a while.

      I still want to be able to think of Quattroporte as a bespoke sport sedan with the heart of a Ferrari V8 under the hood.

      Diluting that is not so appealing... and some of these things run the risk of diluting the Quattroporte.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Current QPs utilize a 6-speed ZF automatic. The early cars utilized a sequential manual known as Duo-Select.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A dual clutch would be better, only for the greater ratio spread.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maserati AWD? WTF!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dont think this car will be using the LX platform. The new smaller Maserati "E63 AMG Killa" will be though...

      Nice 3400 lb sedan with a Ferrari V8.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "In the 'History Repeats Itself' section of the news, FIAT announced today that it would attempt to build a Maserati on a Chrysler platform. Owners of Chryslerati TC Convertibles rejoiced. Well, both of them did."
        • 5 Years Ago
        I see what you did there...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ferrari... V6? Interesting...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Corner

        ""Guido (English pronunciation: /ˈɡwiːdoʊ/) is a slang term for a working class or lower class urban Italian American.""

        Thank's corner, now I know who I'm talking with. I do not ever call you "fat american" or "ignorant american" because fortunately I'm a smart person and I believe that stereotypes are used by low-educated/not smart enough people. Congratulations...
        • 5 Years Ago

        .....and? There was also a four doors Ferrari, but it's impossible to see a new 4 doors Ferrari in the future. same for the V6.
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        Calm down, guido. I was just saying Ferrari and V6 has happened before.
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        a V6 ferrari is impossible to see. the V6 will be based on the V6 pentastar (only the basement will be the same) and will have more than 400 hp (biturbo). That engine is not expected for the quattroporte, but just for the all new E segment. Sayid by Harald Wester in the last number of "Quattroruote"
        • 5 Years Ago
        1. I'm having a hard time believing you're Italian now. I've never met an Italian without thick skin.

        2. I'm Italian.

        3. Congratulations, you're "a smart person" who just used an adjective rather than an adverb to modify an adjective (low educated), then followed it with a slash and "not smart enough people".

        4. Now I'm having a hard time believing you're "a smart person".

        5. Keep hitting refresh and down-rating.
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