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Maserati Quattroporte

Broadcast dates : 10th October  2004
14th October 2004

Quattroporte, as those of you who didnít doze off in Latin classes in high school will realize, means simply "four doors".

This is the name given to Maseratiís large sedan, and itís a model that has been around in four previous renditions since the early 1960s.

It has always been a high-powered luxury express, but the latest rendition of the Quattroporte is the most striking and most elegant example yet of this large Maserati.

At just over five metres in length, the Maserati Quattroporte is in the same league as the BMW 7-Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in terms of size.

Itís also priced to compete with these cars, but as the Ferrari-Maserati group in South Africa doesnít have any manufacturing alliances to off-set import duty using export credits, itís more expensive than the equivalent German models.
Nevertheless, thereíll be more than a few customers for this car, despite its price of over R1-million.

Itís just so different from anything else in the large luxury sedan market, with an unmistakable Italian flair allied to impeccable build quality.

Each interior can be ordered with the customerís specific colour and trim options from the factory.

Generous use of walnut wood and leather is counter-pointed with high-tech electronic gear, and this extends to the underpinnings of the car.

It employs a so-called Sky-Hook suspension system, Maseratiís rather quaint name for its active damping control.

Electronics are used for various transmission programmes, ranging from fully-automatic to manual and sport settings.

The gearbox is a manual unit employing electro-hydraulic clutch actuation.

While not as smooth as Audiís excellent DSG unit used in the 3.2 TT, itís much smoother than many similar systems.

Itís activated by the paddles behind the steering wheel, or if the driver selects automatic, it simply functions as an automatic Ďbox.

Maserati claims a 0-100 km/h time of 5,2 seconds for this car. And being an Italian exotic, it doesnít have an artificial speed limiter, so the top speed is 275 km/h.

This is thanks to the very special 4,2-litre Multi-valve V8, which will be used in some Ferrari models due for release shortly.

The engine produces 294 kW at a symphonic 7000 rpm, and 451 Newton metres of torque.

Impressive Brembo brakes are used to haul the car down from high speed, and at a dry weight of 1860 kg, the Quattroporte needs good stopping power!

The Maserati is certainly different, and this is whatíll make it worth the extra money for buyers who want to stand slightly apart from the conventional luxury express crowd.

Full technical backing is available from Ferrari-Maserati dealerships in the major centres in South Africa.

Maserati Quattroporte
  • Engine: V8,4 244cc
  • Power: 294 kW @ 7 000 rpm
  • Torque: 451 Nm @ 4 500 rpm 
  • Transmission: Six-speed paddle-shift manual with auto mode, rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 5,2 seconds
  • Top speed: 275 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: N/A
  • Price: R1 190 000

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