|Layout||Front Engine, RWD|
|Transmission||ZF 6 Speed Automatic with manual control and quickened gear ratios|
|Engine & Transmission|
|Displacement cu in (cc):||4.7 liters|
|Power bhp (kW) at RPM:||433 hp|
|Type:||Revised Quattroporte S-Sourced V8|
|Body Type||4 Door, 5 Seat Luxury Sport Sedan|
|Suspension||Single-rate dampers, stiffer springs and lower ride height|
Maserati's critically and commercially successful Quattroporte has been on the market relatively unchanged for four model years, and is still a leader in the ultra-luxury sedan segment. New offerings from Porsche, Bentley and potentially Lamborghini are on the horizon, but the Quattroporte Sport GT S is now official and tangible.
The "Sport GT S" moniker refers to a modest bump in power and a redesigned suspension, as well as some beefier exterior bits that maintain the Quattroporte's classy and understated design while adding some performance cues to compete with new luxury sport sedans on the horizon.
On the outside, the Quattroporte Sport GT S gets titanium-finished headlight trim, a new grill and air inlets, and a "sport exhaust controlled by pneumatic valves for a deep, throaty and captivating sound" (yeah, we're not kidding here).
The Sport GT S interior gets the black-out treatment highlighted by new seats trimmed in Alcantara and "titanium colored" composite material. Whatever, the interior looks great and will give the Maserati enthusiast driver a considerably more visually interesting place to pilot his four door rocket from.
The suspension is lowered and stiffened, now employing single-rate dampers to eat up the twisties without knocking the silver spoon out of your yogurt parfait. Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S power now stands at 433 horses, and will be put to the road through an electronically controlled DSG which has been remapped for quicker shifts.
The Sport GT S is a nice extension to the aging Quattroporte line, but Maserati will need to shake things up if they'd like to stay on top of the class the Quattroporte all but created.
Maserati unveils new Quattroporte Sport GT S on the 70th anniversary of its first Indianapolis 500 win
Official Maserati Press Release
The sportiest to-date model of the new Quattroporte range makes its worldwide debut at NAIAS. Focus is on Maserati's unique racing DNA, with two 2008 International FIA GT titles clinched by the MC12 and a special anniversary celebration: the 70th anniversary of Maserati's first of two consecutive triumphs at Indy.
The New Quattroporte Sport GT S Debuts in Detroit
The new Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S making its worldwide première at the 2009 North American International Auto Show sets yet another milestone in terms of sportiness in the high performance luxury sedan segment of the automotive market. Conceived and developed as "a real driving machine in the guise of a luxury sedan ", the Quattroporte Sport GT S is the ultimate expression of Maserati's sportiness in the Quattroporte range.
The technical changes to the new Quattroporte Sport GT S concern four areas:
- the mapping of the V8 4.7 litre engine, with power increased to 323kW;
- the gearshift management software, with new features designed to increase driving enjoyment;
- the front and rear suspension system featuring single-rate dampers, stiffer springs and lower ride height;
- the sport exhaust controlled by pneumatic valves for a deep, throaty and captivating sound.
The sportier and more aggressive look is evident in virtue if the interior's and exterior's stylistic choices:
- the new black grille with concave vertical fins featuring the Trident logo with red accents, typical of the sportier versions of Maserati models;
- the new headlights, in metallic titanium finish;
- the new M-design seats with perforated Alcantara® and leather upholstery;
- the standard trim in Titantex, a "titanium colored" composite material.
Maserati Racing Legacy
In 1939 and 1940, long before any foreign brands were established in the United States, Maserati took the checkered flag at perhaps the world's most famous race, the Indianapolis 500. That car was a Modena-made 8CTF single-seater bearing the flamboyant name of "Boyle Special", driven by Wilbur Shaw. Today, to mark the 70th anniversary of Maserati's first win at Indianapolis, the Boyle Special is on display at Maserati's exhibit at the 2009 NAIAS as a direct link to the newest and sportiest of its products: the new Quattroporte Sport GT S.
The racetrack is where the name Maserati first became enduring and where we today continue to draw our central philosophy: a well balanced car capable of great feedback to the driver. The racetrack also continues to be the stage where Maserati collects international trophies in steady succession - with both Drivers and Teams FIA GT titles clinched in 2008 by Maserati's MC12 to make 10 the total of FIA international titles the Maserati V12 gt car has collected over the last four racing seasons, primarily courtesy of drivers Andrea Bertolini and Michael Bartels (champions in 2006 and 2008) and of the Vitaphone Racing Team (four consecutive titles from 2005 through 2008).
In the course of the 2008 racing season Maserati clinched the third win in four years at the legendary 24-Hours of Spa race, placing three MC12s in the first four positions of the final standing. The triumph in Belgium is the ultimate evidence of Maserati's reliability that originates on the racetrack but translates into the quality and consistency of Maserati's entire product range.
The ten international trophies collected in the FIA GT championship since 2005 at the wheel of a Maserati MC12 are:
- 2 Manufacturers Cup in 2005 and 2007;
- 3 Drivers titles (Bertolini-Bartels in 2006, Thomas Biagi in 2007, Bertolini-Bartels in 2008);
- 4 Teams titles (since 2005 with no interruption, always with the Vitaphone Racing Team);
- 1 Citation Cup in 2007 with the gentleman driver Ben Aucott.
MC Sport Line Customization Program
Focusing on its racing vocation and fresh from its latest international triumph in the FIA GT championship, Maserati has developed a special series of new options named "MC Sport Line", which made its worldwide debut at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy in early December. The new contents of the MC Sport Line add to Maserati's already extensive range of personalized features on offer. The MC Sport Line is designed to enhance the sporty DNA of Maserati vehicles for those customers who like to display their passion for racing through a dynamic look and a choice of technical solutions that increase the driving fun without compromises.
The name "MC Sport Line" sums up the experience acquired on the track by the Maserati Corse department, whose contribution to the design of the functional components has been invaluable. The world of motor racing also inspired Maserati's designers when it came to styling, hence the extensive use of carbon fiber, very popular among racing enthusiasts thanks to its direct connection with racing competitions.
Maserati and the Environment
Maserati has implemented a development plan for the next 5 years designed to reduce consumption and CO2 emissions, and to protect the environment.
The designs of recent models have already led to considerable fuel savings. From 2005 onwards, consumption for the Quattroporte has been reduced by more than 20% overall (NEDC combined cycle). The CO2 reduction compared to the previous Gran Sport model is 10% for the GranTurismo S (NEDC extra-urban cycle).
On the new Quattroporte S with its 4.7 engine, exhaust/evap emissions and fuel consumption have been aligned with future Euro 5 regulations for Europe and LEV2 standards for the USA, partly thanks to the adoption of an innovative metallic matrix catalyzer with perforated sheets (Turbulent PE Catalyst), which is both permeable and reliable but does not affect performance. The use of this solution has evened out the distribution of pollutant particles, reduced pressure, improved resistance to high temperatures and the transfer of gases.
Maserati also uses environmentally-friendly, easily recyclable materials made from natural substances, especially for the parts of the interior, which are most in contact with the driver and passengers (natural textile fibers, wood and leather).
Maserati cars are mindful of the "design for recycling" concept, which is centered around making cars easy to dismantle at the end of their working lives, so that materials can be identified and separated for re-use.
2008 Facts and Figures
By all degrees, Maserati's 2008 was the most successful year to date.
In the course of the year, a new product range was introduced - the new Quattroporte line-up with both 4.2 liter and 4.7 liter models. And new to the market was also a new engine solution for the GranTurismo model-line, thus enriched in 2008 by the arrival of the 4.7 liter GranTurismo S.
Despite the dreadful economic situation witnessed by all sectors of the world economy and the profound situation of crisis that has pervaded the automotive market from the beginning of the year, Maserati has achieved in 2008 the second record year in a row. Deliveries to the final customers have totaled almost 8,600 units, which is the all-time best result, with an increase of almost 17% over 2007. What is more, Maserati's sales were up in all markets across the world - including the United States of America.
Despite the troubled times experienced by the US economy, North America (US and Canada) remains Maserati's largest market worldwide. The order in which the other markets follow is both familiar and consolidated, as to state that, despite all the hardships, Maserati's presence in these markets is an established one: Italy is in second place, the United Kingdom in third, Germany in fourth, Japan in fifth. Five markets, three continents for a truly global Maserati presence. In sixth place there is France, followed by Switzerland, China, Australia, UAE, Hong Kong.
In the first nine months, Maserati's revenues amounted to ¿596 million, up 22.9% compared to the same period of the previous year. There was a 25% increase in deliveries to the network compared to the first 9 months of 2007, and this performance is even more significant considering that the target markets for Maserati vehicles shrank by about 15%.
In the first nine months of 2008, the result of ordinary activities was ¿31 million, with a 5.2% ratio to income - a significant increase on the ¿6 million (1.2% of revenues) achieved during the same period last year.
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