What Is It?
2013 Maserati Quattroporte
What's Special About It?
We've already driven the redesigned 2013 Maserati Quattroporte in Italy, but the automaker saved the car's official debut for the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
The sedan is a dead ringer for the previous Quattroporte, but the longer you stare at it, the more you realize that it's a much larger car than its predecessor. It's 6.5 inches longer overall with a 4-inch-longer wheelbase. It's also more than 2 inches wider and nearly 2 inches taller.
Those are major increases, and by full-size luxury sedan standards, the Quattroporte needed to grow because the previous version wasn't that useful as a sedan, especially in the backseat. Maserati officials claim the revamped sedan offers 4 more inches of rear legroom, and trunk capacity is up nearly 3 cubic feet.
The Quattroporte also needed a new engine, because its old naturally aspirated 4.7-liter V8 sounded sweet but didn't offer the kind of low-end grunt you'd hope for in a 2-ton sedan. The 2013 Quattroporte gets an all-new twin-turbocharged and direct-injected 3.8-liter V8 jointly developed with Ferrari (and built in Maranello), and it's rated for 523 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 524 pound-feet of torque at 2,250 rpm. That's up from 425 hp and a paltry 361 lb-ft previously. Instead of last year's six-speed automatic, a version of the ZF eight-speed automatic now drives the rear wheels. In addition, greater use of aluminum has reduced curb weight by 220 pounds, officials say.
But that's only part of the story. The 2013 Quattroporte will also be available with an all-new twin-turbo, direct-injected, 3.0-liter V6 engine rated at a heady 404 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. It uses the eight-speed automatic, too, but you can get it in both rear-drive and all-wheel-drive versions. The AWD system is called Q4, and in perfect traction conditions, it'll send 100 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels, adjusting the split to 50/50 as conditions demand.
Maserati didn't release any fuel mileage predictions, but that was definitely more of a priority on this sedan, which features a flat undertray with a NACA duct to cool the rear differential.
What Edmunds Says:
The previous Quattroporte was a beautiful car depending on who you asked, but it wasn't practical, at least not as a sedan. This new Quattroporte is a lot roomier, yet it still goes toe to toe with the Jag XJ for style.
Base Price: Mid-$130Ks (estimated base price for V8 model; V6 will be less)
Engine: Twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 or twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8
Gearbox: Eight-speed automatic
Power: 404 hp (V6), 523 hp (V8)
0-60 (manufacturer estimate): 4.6 seconds (V8)
Top Speed (manufacturer estimate): 177 mph (V6), 191 mph (V8)
Assembly Location: Turin, Italy (first Maserati not built in Modena)
Dimensions: 207.2 inches long, 76.7 inches wide, 58.3 inches tall, 124.8-inch wheelbase, 64.3-inch front/64.8-inch rear track, 18.7-cubic-foot trunk capacity
On Sale: June 2013