Frankfurt Preview: Maserati to unveil Quattroporte Sport GT S

With a lot of attention being focused on the hot new GranTurismo, Maserati decided to add some spice to its existing Quattroporte so it wouldn't fall off people's radar. It will be showing a new Quattroporte Sport GT S in Frankfurt next month, which will push the performance envelope a little further with a 6-speed automatic gearbox, revised suspension for better handling, upgraded brakes and a fresh aero treatment. The Quattroporte GT S also gets lowered 10mm in front and 25mm out back, plus stiffer springs and shocks.

For braking, Brembo has worked with Maserati to develop new dual-cast brake discs, which use cast iron and aluminum to help improve overall performance and reduce fade. Slightly larger rear tires (295/30-20) will improve handling and also help that Maserati V8 get its power to the ground. A more aggressive fascia with a black-chrome mesh front grille, body color door handles, new window trim, and twin exhaust tips at the rear are the changes you'll see on the outside to help you identify this new sportiest Maserati. We'll add some live shots to the gallery when we see the real thing in Frankfurt, but for now, click on the gallery for the official pics that Maserati sent out. You can also read the full press release after the jump.

[Source: Maserati]



Modena – 28 August 2007 – The new Quattroporte Sport GT S will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motorshow for its worldwide preview (the Maserati press conference will take place at 11.30 on stand A06, in Hall 6.0). The Quattroporte Sport GT S is the ultimate expression of Maserati's saloon sportiness.

Exclusively for those looking for an even stronger sporting edge in a luxury saloon, the Quattroporte Sport GT S, equipped with an automatic 6-speed gearbox, stands out for its exceptional dynamic behaviour and uncompromised handling.

This result was obtained with the introduction of new suspension layout, featuring single rate dampers and a "racing" set up. The Quattroporte Sport GT S sits 10mm lower at the front and 25mm at the rear compared to other versions of the Quattroporte, and also features new, stiffer springs and dampers.

The Quattroporte Sport GT S boasts a unique braking system developed in collaboration with Brembo. This innovative technology uses dual-cast brake discs, and this is the first time such a set up has been employed on a road car.

Unlike traditional cast iron discs, dual-cast discs are made of two materials, cast iron and aluminium, to ensure optimised braking, improving performance in the most extreme conditions and providing greater resistance to fade even at the highest temperatures. The Quattroporte Sport GT S's new braking system also benefits from new mono-block, six-piston callipers at the front and tyres developed especially for this car (front 245/35-R20 and rear 295/30-R20). The increased size of the rear tyres allows optimum use of the Maserati's V8 power, whilst the new tyre compound helps the brakes and set-up to guarantee a superior level of handling and driving emotion.

The Quattroporte Sport GT S's exterior is distinguished by a more aggressive look. Along with the black-chrome mesh front grille, a characteristic element of sporty Maseratis, the side window trims and the two double exhaust pipes are also in black, whilst door handles are in the same colour as the body of the car.

The Quattroporte Sport GT S is fitted with eye-catching dark-chrome 20", seven spoke alloy wheels.

Even the choice of material for the interior of the Quattroporte Sport GT S reflects the car's sporty character. Traditional Poltrona Frau leather has been combined with Alcantara, which covers the central zone of the seats, the interior door panels and the steering wheel. Maserati has previously used Alcantara for the interior of the Trofeo cars and the MC12.

The dashboard is finished in new carbon fibre with aluminium treads, whilst front seats are characterised by a new, more cosseting sporty shape.

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