Maserati details ambitious plans for new model range

July 28th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Maserati has detailed its ambitious plans to shift up a gear and increase annual sales to 50,000 units. There are new products that will push the growth with concepts scheduled to debut at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show.

What Maserati expect to become its volume seller is an all-new entry-level sedan (code-named the M157) it may be launched as early as next year and will compete directly with the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class. Expect luxury appointment on the inside but a Chrysler-sourced engine under the bonnet. The rumoured power source is a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 – based on the current Chrysler 3.6-litre V6 and alternatively, a 224 kW 3.0-litre V6 diesel currently shared with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The new sedan is expected to cost between €55,000 to €70,000. Continue reading “Maserati details ambitious plans for new model range” »

Maserati GranCabrio touches down in New Zealand

June 28th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The Maserati GranCabrio has just landed here in New Zealand and for the first time from Maserati it offers roof down motoring for four people.

“Maserati has a long history of open top sports cars, but the GranCabrio is the first Maserati to extend this experience to four people,” says Glen Sealey, General Manager of Maserati Australia and New Zealand. “But, the fact that this car offers four seats does not mean that it is any less a Maserati. Not only do the four occupants in a GranCabrio travel in the same luxury, comfort and exclusivity for which the GranTurismo and Quattroporte have become bywords, the GranCabrio offers the performance expected of a Maserati and, with the roof down, even more opportunities to enjoy orchestral sound track provided by the Maserati V8 engine.”

The hood of the Maserati GranCabrio sits on a frame with five cross bars and no less than three different protection groups of layers mean that it does not balloon at speed, remaining stiff and flap free. It folds down in just 20 seconds, a fully automatic process that may be initiated not just from inside the car but also from the outside. It may also be raised and lowed on the move up to 30 kmh, which takes 28 seconds. At just 65 kg, the extra weight of the convertible has minimal affect on the performance of the car.

The hood has even been developed with local conditions in mind — the cold and wet weather testing was done on the South Island of New Zealand, so the GranCabrio can cope with even the worst of Kiwi weather. New Zealand also provided the conditions for the snow and ice calibration of the GranCabrio’s stability control system.

“The Maserati GranCabrio is much more than a convertible version of an existing model in the range,” says Mr Sealey. “Its broad range of attributes as well its ability to excel in all the traditional requirements of a convertible mean that its sales will not only be predominantly to new customers for Maserati, it will also further enhance the image and reputation of the Maserati brand as a whole. For these reasons we expect the GranCabrio to substantially add to Maserati’s sales total in both Australia and New Zealand.”

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Maserati to produce new entry-level model

April 23rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

At a press conference in Torino, Italy, this past week, Fiat’s executives discussed their current five year business plan with investors, speaking in length about changes to the Maserati brand.

The big news is that two new models are expected to be released by 2014.

One of the cars is set to debut as a new high-end sedan and it’s to be priced below €55,000 ($102,800 NZ).  This new cheaper model would likely compete against the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, BMW M5, and the Audi S6.

A replacement to the successful Quattroporte will be the second new model. The Italian automaker plans to improve sales of the vehicle by reducing the base price of the car. This price cut could be fairly steep, by as much as €4,500 bringing the ticket price to €86k ($160,000).

For now, Maserati also plans to continue production of both its GranCabrio and GranTurismo vehicles.

Maserati Quattroporte Sport ‘Awards Edition’

February 24th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Maserati have been fairly quiet recently, but that doesn’t mean new vehicles aren’t on the horizon. To keep everyone on their toes, the Italian automaker will be debuting a special version of its winning Quattroporte sedan at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

Based on the top-spec Sport GT S model, it’s named the “Awards Edition” and apparently adds an extra touch of exclusivity to the Quattroporte. The exterior is painted in an all-new hue called Quarzo Fuso and also features exterior chrome trim that matches-up with 20-inch Multi Trident wheels. Sitting behind the wheels are a revised set of Brembo brakes, with polished calipers that have a mirror-effect finish.

Inside, Alcantara leather mucks in with brushed aluminum door sills and piano black satin-finish wood moldings.

European customers can order the Quattroporte Sport GT S “Awards Edition” from the second half of this year. Pricing information will be given out on application, but it’s not going to be cheap.

Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S on show

Maserati Quattroporte and Quattroporte S

December 16th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
Exterior and interior beauty shots

Exterior and interior beauty shots

Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S

December 15th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Driving and beauty footage

Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S arrives in NZ

May 28th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Maserati_Quattroporte fq

The new Quattroporte Sport GT S has arrived in New Zealand, providing Maserati’s luxury performance saloon with a new sporting flagship that offers increased performance, an updated chassis and gearbox and the sound of a racetrack bred engine, matched by subtle changes to the body.

“Maserati has a unique record on and off the race track for setting benchmarks for design, styling and performance that the rest of the industry has then followed,” says Edward Butler, General Manager of Maserati in Australia and New Zealand. “The Quattroporte is clearly one of the standard setters. It has captured not just the attention of car buyers, making it the most successful car that Maserati has produced, it has also set a benchmark for an exclusive performance saloon with a blend of abilities, something other car makers are now rushing to emulate. But as the new Sport GT S demonstrates, Maserati is not prepared to stand still, it is simply not in the company’s DNA, and so the Sport GT S lifts the benchmark — again.”

The new Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S is the third variant in the new Maserati Quattroporte range, which starts with the Quattroporte 4.2 litre, followed by the Quattroporte S with the 4.7 litre engine and the range is now topped by the Sport GT S with a more powerful version of the 4.7 litre engine matched to a technical and equipment package producing the fastest, most aggressive Quattroporte to leave Maserati’s Modena factory.r.

Compared to the Quattroporte S, top speed is lifted from 280 kmh to 285 kmh and the 0-100 kmh time is trimmed from 5.2 seconds to 5.1 seconds.

Maserati has revised the mapping of the V8 4.7 litre engine, with power increased to 323 kW at 7000 rpm. In Sport mode valves open in the exhaust system to reduce back-pressure increasing maximum available power. These valves not only release more power — they also enable the Maserati V8 to create a throaty roar at low engine speeds and full symphonic sound of a genuine sports car at higher rpm.

The launch of the Quattroporte Sport GT S debuts MC-Auto Shift, the closest an automatic transmission has come to offering instant response of sequential manual, yet maintaining smooth gearshifts when a neck-snapping response is not required. This has been achieved via a thorough redesign of the transmission operating software and providing the driver with features not available on other Quattroporte variants.

In “MANUAL MODE” the driver controls gear shifts directly, and changes are permitted up to the redline on the rev-counter. An electronic gear shift indicator in the middle of the dashboard tells the driver when it is the ideal timing of the gear change; this system is backed by “Trofeo” style extra-long paddles behind the steering-wheel, ergonomically shaped for easier gear changes on the most demanding roads.

Subtle changes have also been made to the appearance of the Quattroporte for its new performance range-topping position as the Sport GT S.¨¨The deeper set grille is fitted to the front bumper, and is framed by the new fog lights and air intakes that have been enlarged to cope with the more powerful engine.

The Quattroporte Sport GT S comes with two new types of 20″ rims: Multi Trident rims in light aluminium alloy as an option and seven-spoke light alloy rims that have undergone the ‘Dark Chrome’ treatment.

The most sporty model in the Quattroporte range clearly proclaims its character through the style of its interior, using new materials and equipment.

The seats, which are state of the art in terms of ergonomics and comfort, have a stylised M for Maserati on the backs. The central sections of the seats are upholstered in perforated Alcantara, for breathability and firm support during hard cornering; Alcantara is also used on the side panels, the front armrest, the steering-wheel and the gear lever knob.

The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S has a recommended retail price of $328,900 in New Zealand.

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