Vastly Upgraded Italian Speed Sedan Kicks Off Brand Renaissance The sixth-generation Maserati Quattroporte is big – and not just because it's 6.5 inches longer than before with a wheelbase that stretches 4.3 inches beyond its predecessor. The new Quattroporte is big also because it's a huge deal both for its segment and for Maserati. Just as FoMoCo is finally chucking $1 billion at Lincoln MoCo, so too is Fiat investing 1.2 billion euros ($1.55 billion at the time this writing) in Maser's future hopes of achieving the larger success we all have wished for it. And after a thorough drive over the intensely challenging mountain roads of France's Mediterranean coast, we can't deny that there's finally reason to put some faith in this long overdue investment. The much-applauded outgoing Quattroporte enjoyed a reputation of being among the very fastest executive sedans of its day, all while delivering the sportiest overall ride and handling, even in base trims. Yet there was constant corporate-level dysfunction that kept all Maseratis from getting important upgrades or receiving much-needed investment support. So, the outgoing Quattroporte has up until now sort of languished nobly, largely resting on the laurels it earned when it launched way back in 2003. With continued proper mother company support and ambitious marketing initiatives finally on the table, this all-new 2014 Maserati Quattroporte looks fit to help lead "Il Tridente" through some huge changes as the company prepares to celebrate its centenary in December of 2014. First off, from its current annual total sales figure of 6,000 or so units, Maserati is confident that its global sales will reach 50,000+ per annum by the end of 2015, thanks certainly to all-new product coming on soon like a house afire. Try not to scoff at that too much. Rather cheer when the lights hit the new Quattroporte this January at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, knowing that new products are on the way to help the FourDoor and the Gran Turismo in their quest for this ambitious volume target. This Italian is again champing at the bit to compete. The departing fifth-gen Quattroporte maxed out in $135,200 Sport GT S trim with 444 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 376 pound-feet of torque at 4,750 rpm from its naturally aspirated, Ferrari-assembled 4.7-liter V8. The only transmission in North America to this point has been a standard six-speed ZF automatic that can be paddled at the steering column, and the departing model's curb weight totaled 4,375 pounds. For those documenting such things, 0-60 took 5.3 seconds en route to a top speed of 178 miles per hour. Those were nice numbers in 2003, but they're decidedly less so in 2013. What's more, the Quattroporte has only ever come in a standard length, 200.7 inches long, providing owners with 15.9 cubic feet of luggage room. These days, none of this is terribly competitive. Right out of the gate, the V8 base model of the new Quattroporte hits 523 hp at 6,800 rpm and 524 pound-feet of …
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