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.