Upcoming 2014 Maserati Quattroporte to get biturbo V6 and V8

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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While Maserati has shown us photos of its upcoming 2014 Quattroporte, little else is known. Of course, the Italian luxury marque will release all the details along with more photos at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month, but until then we just can't help but tell you about a few things we've learned.

Thanks to British buff mag Autocar, which recently posted a first drive of the new Quattroporte in base 3.0-litre V6 trim, we now know twin turbochargers will spool out upwards of 410-horsepower! The new model won't likely get the famed (or infamous) Biturbo nameplate, as the Fiat-owned luxury brand has done a good job of distancing itself from the inglorious early '80s De Tomaso era (although Alejandro should be commended for keeping the brand alive during the dark years), but twin-turbos and a small displacement V6 should result in better fuel economy thanks to direct injection, made even better with its standard ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

The other engine will be a V8, just like the current Quattroporte, although it too will get the twin-turbo treatment. The smaller 3.8-litre direct-injected mill will produce 530-horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque and come mated to a version of the same eight-speed gearbox. Preliminary performance figures show the V8 capable of zero to 100-km/h in less than five seconds and a top speed of 307 km/h (191 mph). And no doubt it sounds fabulous doing it.

Despite looking sleeker and therefore smaller, the new Quattroporte is actually larger that the outgoing one, more capable of fighting it out with full-size luxury sedans in the F-segment, such as the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Likely the V6 will allow for a more competitive price point, too, which should truly add some rich Italian flavour to the full-size luxury sector.
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Topics: Sport Sedan, Luxury Sedan, Maserati, 2014, Quattroporte, $99,999+,

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