Maserati's flagship saloon will get four-wheel drive and stop-start

Maserati's next-generation Quattroporte will be offered with four-wheel drive and stop-start technology, according to the firm's CEO.

Harald Wester said the new sports saloon, due in 2012, would also weigh around 15 per cent less than the current model and fuel consumption and CO2 emissions would be improved by around 25 per cent.

Wester claims the addition of four-wheel drive will help Maserati's flagship model compete with its German rivals.

Other measures in the pipeline include downsized V6 and V8 engines, as well as an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.

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30 June 2010

[quote Autocar]Wester claims the addition of four-wheel drive will help Maserati's flagship model compete with its German rivals.[/quote]

It doesn't need four-wheel drive to compete with its German rivals , since the German rivals don't have style.

30 June 2010

If their second go at the market is as good as their first stab, it will be worth looking forward to. The first car improved over time, so if they can make a jump forward on the next model, it will be every bit as credible as the new XJ and the Germans.

30 June 2010

[quote disco.stu]

If their second go at the market is as good as their first stab, it will be worth looking forward to. The first car improved over time, so if they can make a jump forward on the next model, it will be every bit as credible as the new XJ and the Germans.

[/quote]Absolutely and it will be a whole lot better looking than the rest.

30 June 2010

reliability is always going to be an issue with this car but it is really handsome! but then so is the XJ take your pick

30 June 2010

I hope they stick with the V8 as a lot of the charm of this car is how it sounds. For dynamics and quality the Maserati is still off the pace of rivals but it makes up for it with emotions such us styling and sounds. A turbo V6 sounds a bit too German or French to me.

30 June 2010

[quote VX220EDDIE]

reliability is always going to be an issue with this car but it is really handsome! but then so is the XJ take your pick[/quote]

I'll take the XJ, stunning looks, performance and a bargain next to its rivals. Don't forget Jaguar were no.2 in JD Power and only fractions behind Lexus for quality and customer service. Nevermind the hype in the press, JD Power is an independent opinion.

30 June 2010

[quote Uncle Mellow]It doesn't need four-wheel drive to compete with its German rivals , since the German rivals don't have style. [/quote] Maybe not in the UK, but there are many parts of the world where 4WD is undoubtedly useful, and many are strong buyers of this type of car. Competing models from BMW, Merc and Audi all have 4WD available in these markets - they wouldn't invest the resources if it wasn't profitable.

30 June 2010

From what I read elsewhere it's actually gonna share the next Chrysler 300C's platform to reduce weight - apparently the current chassis is too heavy and they aim to reduce weight by 15% and fuel consumption by 25%.

30 June 2010

[quote manicm]

From what I read elsewhere it's actually gonna share the next Chrysler 300C's platform to reduce weight - apparently the current chassis is too heavy and they aim to reduce weight by 15% and fuel consumption by 25%.

[/quote]

Platform possibly, chassis no. There is a difference. The platform is just the basic design of the floorpan - it doesn't even take wheelbase into account. Chassis dictates wheelbase, track, suspension setup, etc. There's no way they'll use the next-gen 300C's chassis in its entirety - Maserati buyers wouldn't want to drive a reskinned Chrysler, nor would Chrysler buyers want to drive a reskinned Maserati! They might go so far as to offer the Maser's suspension as a cost option on the 300C, but I'm not sure.

30 June 2010

[quote Uncle Mellow]

[quote Autocar]Wester claims the addition of four-wheel drive will help Maserati's flagship model compete with its German rivals.[/quote]

It doesn't need four-wheel drive to compete with its German rivals , since the German rivals don't have style.

[/quote]

Indeed. The only competitor to the Maser is the Jag XJ. Or that big Citroen, if it ever happens.

Personally, I hope they don't go down the route of turbocharging. I'd be fine with a V6, but I'd want a supercharger or two rather than turbocharging. Just as long as it sounds good, and sounds Italian...

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