Maserati unveils flagship Quattroporte
Maserati has revealed a larger, crisply styled replacement for its popular but ageing Quattroporte sedan.
Click on photo at left for more views of Maserati's new Quattroporte sedan.
The outgoing Quattroporte was launched seven years ago and has been Maserati's best-selling car, and its replacement has more room and will be key to Maserati's plan for a tenfold increase in sales in Australia and New Zealand.
Maserati insiders have said the new Quattroporte is a substantially bigger car than the outgoing model.
It features an increase in rear seat space to attract buyers in China, where many luxury cars are chauffeur-driven.
New Zealand pricing has not been released but a new Quattroporte will currently set you back anywhere from $248,000 to $295,000.
The new car will be released with a V8 engine jointly developed by Maserati and Ferrari, along with a more advanced gearbox.
Six-cylinder and diesel options are also believed to be on the horizon.
It is the first of three new Maserati models set to take global sales for the Italian manufacturer from 7000 to 50,000 units each year.
A smaller sedan and an SUV to rival the Porsche Cayenne will follow in the Quattroporte's wake.
Maserati CEO Harald Wester said the brand was ready to expand.
''Maserati stands today at the edge of an unparalleled strategic and industrial growth that will see our presence in the world rise to 50,000 units a year by 2015,'' he said.
''This growth is a challenge for which Maserati has carefully prepared itself and that we all welcome with anticipation.''
-Fairfax News Australia