2013 Maserati Quattroporte
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As we wait for the Detroit Auto Show to get our up-close and in-depth look at the redesigned 2014 Maserati Quattroporte, some details are just starting to emerge about the car's powertrain, but nothing is official just yet. Autocar has posted a first drive of the new Quattroporte, finally spilling the beans about what motivates this sporty and luxurious sedan.

We already knew that the 2014 Quattroporte will offer two engines – a V6 and V8 – but what we didn't know is that both engines will get a pair of turbochargers and direct injection. Previously, we speculated that the smaller V6 would be supercharged, but this 3.0-liter V6 will get turbos instead helping it produce an estimated 410 horsepower. As for the larger 3.8-liter V8, this engine is said to produce 530 horsepower (confirming our previous report) to go with 479 pound-feet of torque; performance specs for the V8 include a top speed of 191 miles per hour and a 0-60 mph time of well under five seconds.

All cars will have a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive will be optional allowing for all of the engine power sent to the rear wheel during normal driving and a full 50/50 split between front and rear axles when needed. As we suspected, the 2014 Quattroporte has grown in size to better compete with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

With the Detroit Auto Show coming up in about a month, stay tuned as we await official details from Maserati.


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      Street King
      • 2 Years Ago
      This news has been on www.MaseratiExclusive.com for like 6 months already lol
      maser
      • 2 Years Ago
      I moved from a Quattroporte to a GranTurismo, and I can see what the designers were going for with the new 4-door’s design. It continues along the clear delineation between the older, perhaps more homely Coupe/GranSport and Quattroporte (V), and the new flashier design direction, ala GranTurismo, the halo model that reignited contemporary Maserati passion. But overall the VI seems too subdued, too muted to have real presence- you can see the hints of GranTurismo up front, but it is diluted, and the rear is almost devoid of any distinct character. A bigger issue could be the new powertrains (V6) and platform, and if or how Fiat shares them across its other brands going forward. I’m sure the new engines will be more modern, efficient, and powerful, but the current Quattroporte, while lacking the sex appeal of the GranTurismo, derived near equal character from its fantastic Ferrari-derived V8. Yes, the VI styling is a bit watered-down, but the V wasn’t exactly a traffic-stopper either. I was always surprised at how little notice it received- to my eyes, it was quite distinctive, but it never drew much attention, certainly nothing compared to either of my current daily drivers (XFR and GranTurismo). Maserati should not underestimate how much of its desirability rests on its Ferrari underpinnings, beyond its styling- it definitely sealed the deal for me.
      k.naz
      • 2 Years Ago
      1) 50/50 weight distribution with AWD √ 2) Powerful new turbo V6 √ 3) ZF 8 speed AT to go with the engine √ 4) Proper handling and driving feel (pending) 5) Reliability ratings (pending) 6) Italian √
        Dean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k.naz
        Actually, it does have proper handling, and driving feel. Not sports car handling, but very impressive nonetheless for the kind of car that it is.
          k.naz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean
          I don't doubt that, but according to who? Just because Autocar thought it was nice doesn't mean we should take it for granted. Don't forget, it's all subjective, hence why I typed pending as it needs further testing by more auto journalists, Chris Harris included.
      rmyoafno666
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but those headlights are extremely retarded... how is it possible that they thought those were acceptable?
      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good thing it's fast. When the front of your car looks like that, you want people behind you.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        XGM
        • 2 Years Ago
        It really does come down to how well the car and engine work together. There have been several iconic cars that managed great performance out of a V6, examples of that would be the Jaguar XJ220, Honda NSX and Nissan GTR. Also keep in mind they don't want to step on Ferrari's toes too much. If you truly wanted the V12, Ferrari have the F12 for that.
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          carcrazed4life
          • 2 Years Ago
          A BMW 740Li xDrive starts at $80k. I'd imagine Maserati is charging a slight premium, but not out of the extraordinary to compete with cars in this range. That is why they have options like AWD, and the V6TT similar to the BMW motor. An Audi A8L 3.0 is at $78,500 and still a forced induction 3.0l 6 cylinder. So its not unheard of folks. Jaguar and Audi have pretty much scrapped the v12. Many other premium cars including the BMW 7 and Mercedes S will follow.
      Plamen
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like a Kia.
        Alex
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Plamen
        Love this turn of events: KIA rips off luxury car designs. Luxury cars now look like KIAs.
        MAX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Plamen
        Which KIA does it look like?
      Monthra 77
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still looks like a Buick.
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        Greg
        • 2 Years Ago
        I'm sure a lot of people will be cross shopping the 2014 Infiniti G Sedan with the Quattroporte...
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Greg
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        Awhattup
        • 2 Years Ago
        and much much smaller and at every corner!!!
      Rr778
      • 2 Years Ago
      So the Maserati will no longer share engines with the Ferrari and will now feature Jeep engines?
        desf
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rr778
        When did exactly Maserati shared its engines with Ferrari? If you mean previous V8, it wasn't. It was just designed and built BY Ferrari FOR Maserati, same as these.
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rr778
        Pretty sure all the engines are still being engineered by Ferrari. What Jeep has a twin turbo 6/8?
      Awhattup
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very nice, but some still makes me want to take the S class over this.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Awhattup
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      ChaosphereIX
      • 2 Years Ago
      love maser engines, their sounds are intoxicating. Reason I am buying a 4.2 Gransport is mostly for that sound. Turbos mean lots of torque and easy tunability too. AWD option is nice too for those who dont want all that torque steering them into a 360 spiral into a tree
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ChaosphereIX
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