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Maserati has ambitious plans to increase their annual sales to 50,000 units by 2015 and their offense begins with the unveiling of the new Quattroporte at the North American International Auto Show.

Significantly larger than its predecessor, the model aims to bring exotic flair to a segment which is typically dominated by conservative German brands. In order to be successful, Maserati gave the Quattroporte GranTurismo-inspired styling which is sure to garner attention.

While the previous Quattroporte had a nice interior, it always felt a little dated. Thankfully that hasn't occurred with the new model as it has a stylish design which appears timeless. Besides being attractive, the cabin can be equipped with modern amenities such as a 1280 Watt Bowers and Wilkins audio system and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The entry-level model is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that develops 410 HP (310 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 285 km/h (177 mph).

On the other hand, the range-topping model has a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine with 530 HP (390 kW) and 710 Nm (542 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the sedan to run from 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 307 km/h (191 mph).

Both engines are connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission, but the V6 variant can be equipped with an all-wheel drive system which promises to optimize handling and stability.

The Quattropote will go on sale in the United Kingdom this summer and the entry-level model will be priced from £80,070.

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