• Jan 14, 2011
Maserati 'Baby Quattroporte' spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

If you've been listening to the whispers about a new smaller version of the Maserati Quattroporte and wondering exactly what the machine will look like when it debuts, you can quit your pondering. Sort of. Our task force of stealthy spy photographers have managed to lay their lenses on a mule version of the new baby Quattroporte. This particular evaluation car sports a shorter wheelbase and smaller brakes than its bigger brother, and a single exhaust outlet hints to a slightly lower level of performance. Though this tester seems to have raided the parts bin of the larger Quattroporte for some ill-fitting glass, we're told that the production version of the car will look significantly different.

Maserati has been itching to tango with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz AMG E-Class, Jaguar XFR and BMW M5, and this machine could be the beast that allows the company to do just that. As of right now, there's no indication as to exactly what will lurk underhood when it debuts in 2012, though with a mule running around, we're guessing it won't be too long before we hear more about the smaller Quattroporte's drivetrain.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like they shrunk the big one a little.
      I guess they are taking a page from the German school of product segmentation.
      It does work, it's just boring
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its a MULE. Probably a Quattroporte body on the Chrysler LX platform.

        Someone bust out the measuring tape to compare wheel base lengths
      • 4 Years Ago
      i see two exhaust outlets
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the article meant to say dual instead of quad exhaust outlets...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Was it designed by Buick?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You don't know what a mule is, do you?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Would you like the quoted from Wiki version or the version where I ask what the hell you have to prove by making snarky and disrespectful remarks on message boards where the general audience is usually a fairly well read and thorough group of gear heads.

        By the way, it doesn't change the fact that it still looks like a Buick.

        Oh and P.S. A mule would be a test platform for a prototype vehicle or drivetrain which may or may not be used in multiple instances or variations. And also, generally they don't look like the production version of the end result, but they generally don't look like other production cars manufactured by a wholly separate and different car company.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you an idiot? IT'S A MULE!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Axis cars rule!
      • 4 Years Ago
      it is ugly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Always has and still looks like a Buick.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Does no one know what mule means? Or do we just not read articles anymore?

        FTA:
        "...photographers ... lay their lenses on a *mule version* of the new baby Quattroporte."
        "This particular *evaluation car*..."
        "Though this *tester* seems to have raided the parts bin..."
        "we're told that the *production version* of the car will look significantly different."

        This is a bunch of Quattroporte pieces laid on the new Maserati's platform. As stated in the article, the new Maserati will look significantly different. I'm sure chrome, high gloss black paint, and non-black wheels will all be available on the production model.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Add more chrome, increase the size of head lamps...............that will make it much better looking.

        Black rims and black car simply do not work, especially in this case. Black works great with Chrom.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Granted, the Quattroporte isn't the most beautiful Italian. In fact, I think the public suffers from what Jeremey Clarkson would call "Ferrari Syndrome". Meaning, when people see an high-end, exotic Italian, they automatically think it's beautiful, almost as I they're obligated to say so, just because it's a multi-$100k vehicle from Italy.

        With that said, I think the folks in this particular thread are unaware with the the idea of a "mule". They're almost always black-on-black, so as to not draw much attention to itself.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What?!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't want a "significantly different" looking car. I want THAT one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didnt Maserati try making a "low" scale everyone car back in the mid 80s (quatroporte)that damn near killed them? Stay away from going down market, leave that segment for Alfa, and just keep making the higher end stuff.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is really a Fiat with a famous name. Right off the Fiat assembly line, just like the 8 cylinder Ferraris. Except Ferrari actually builds the Ferrari 8 cylinder engine. Even Italians don't want a Fiat. How does Fiat think they can fool Americans into buying a second rate car? As P. T. Barnum said, "There's a sucker born every minute."
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I'm gonna fork out the big bucks for a Maserati ... I sure don't want it to look like a freaking Buick family sedan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well considering this is just a MULE, you won't have to worry about that.

        This is a test mule. It has the body of the new Quattroporte on it. The underpinnings are what makes it the Baby Quattroporte.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't this car to ride on the LX platform? I know it has more invested in it then the Maserati's platform.

      + Ferrari V8
      + ZF 8HP Trans

      = W1N
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like the quattroporte to me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's because you're an idiot and don't know what a test mule is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Buick LeSabre.

      This is a 3 holer. When I was a kid we had an Electra 225, 1961, (4 holer) converitble, white w/red leather interior.. now that was a car.
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