Posted on: Nov 07, 2012
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Maserati Highlights New Quattroporte


Four videos focus on the importance, powertrain, chassis and design of the new Maserati Quattroporte.
Yesterday Maserati revealed the all-new sixth-generation Quattroporte, the first in a series of new models slated to come out of Modena that will seek to revitalize the Trident marque from an obscure choice to a real challenger to the mainstream German marques and British rivals like Jaguar and Bentley. With only a handful of images, though, we were thirsty for more on this four-door Italian exotic. Fortunately it has followed up with not one, not two, but four videos outlining the new Quattroporte and its development.
The first video (below) serves as an introduction to the new model and its significance to the company. The clip features some face-time with CEO Harald J. Wester, who also serves as chief executive of Alfa Romeo and Abarth and and chief technical officer for the entire Fiat Group, making him one of the most important figures in the company.


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The second video delves under the Quattroporte's hood for a chat in Italian (subtitled in English) with Fiat Powertrain Technology director Paolo Martinelli, former head of Scuderia Ferrari's engine department. Martinelli asserts that the Quattroporte's engine was "entirely designed and engineered by Maserati" despite Ferrari's involvement.


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Product development chief Roberto Corradi (also formerly of Ferrari)speaks in his native tongue about the Quattroporte's chassis, revealing that it was designed to accommodate a "wide range of engine architectures". That opens the door for the forced-induction six-cylinder engine expected to join the V8, but we can't help but wonder what else might be in store.


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The last clip features Fiat design director Lorenzo Ramaciotti who speaks in Italian about his team's contribution to the completed Quattroporte, focusing on an attractive shape, dynamic lines and trademark Italian elegance. The new QP is significantly larger than the current model it replaces, making room for the smaller Ghibli to follow.


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