Direct injection and twin turbochargers highlight new engines for Maserati's luxury sedan, with all-wheel drive, hybrids and diesels in the cards as well.
There are few things that can get the juices flowing quite like a new flagship from one of Italy's stoic automakers, and the new Maserati Quattroporte - though a luxury sedan and not a supercar - was still no exception. Modena released little in the way of technical details on its new QP, but Motor Trend has now been authorized to release those details, which we're glad to share with you. Replacing the old naturally-aspirated V8 from the old Quattroporte are a pair of new engines: a V6 and a V8.
Both feature twin turbochargers and direct injection to optimize output as well as efficiency, and will be built for Maserati by Ferrari down the roadin Maranello. The 3.0-liter V6 is based on Chrysler's Pentastar block, but substantially revised for Maserati's applications. It produces 404 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque to propel the base QP to sixty in a quoted 5.1 seconds (likely understated) and a 177 mph top speed. The V8, meanwhile, delivers 523 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque (with a reported overboost function driving torque up to 524) for a conservative 4.7-second sprint to 60 and a 191 mph top speed.
Though the V8 will drive the rear wheels exclusively, the V6 will be available with all-wheel drive as well, and will also power the smaller Ghibli. A new eight-speed automatic replaces the older six-speed unit and helps trim weight (which has been optimized to 50/50 front-rear distribution). Both hybrid and diesel options are also reportedly on the table.