2013 Maserati Quattroporte: Italy's First Serious Performance Luxury Sedan?
Maserati released official photos of the upcoming 2013 Quattroporte yesterday. Set to be unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show as the spearhead of an ambitious plan to boost sales to 50,000 units worldwide by 2015, the Quattroporte is the first major revamp of Maserati's big four door since 2004. A lot has changed in the luxury sports car market since then. Maserati itself has produced two formidable alternatives to the Porshce 911, BMW M6, and the Mercedes Benz SL in the form of the Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio. As impressive as the German grand touring coupes are, their four door brethren are even more capable; combining enough horsepower and torque to tilt the earth off its axis, with luxurious amenities usually found in a private jet.
That said, the refreshed Maserati Quattroporte looks up to the task. The exterior of Quattroporte draws obvious styling cues from the handsome GranTurismo and GranCabrio. We also couldn't help but notice how the side profile looks like a mashup between Maybach and a Tesla Model S. Needless to say, it's a sharp looking design that should age as gracefully as the outgoing model.
The interior looks to be what we've come to expect from Maserati. That is, it lots of leather, accented by magnificent stitching chrome metal accents, polished wood trim and more leather. One thing the new Quattroporte is not lacking; leather. Luxury either, to boot. Rear passengers are treated to an entertainment system in addition to what appears to be a generous increase in leg room.
What really strikes us about the Quattroporte's new interior is the lack of clutter and how all the functions appear to be cleverly, and neatly packaged. It's almost as if Maserati has been listening attentively to everyone's hatred concern over the last Quattroporte's interior. In all it looks similar to the new Range Rover which is a very, very, very good thing.
Unlike like the Audi A8 and BMW 7-series that have buttons for every function imaginable, the Quattroporte looks to have no more than a handful of knobs and buttons. That means everything is done through the touch screen info-tainment system or through the elegant looking HVAC controls. Simple as that. Which is exactly what we would want after a long, stressful day at the office, or during a very long road trip.
All of these updates position the Quattroporte perfectly to stand toe to toe with rivals like Audi, who just launched the blisteringly quick S8. But with the Quattroporte being fitted with an all new engine built by Ferrari, there's no doubt that it will make more grunt than the last Quattroporte Sport GTS's 450 hp. Our estimate is that 2013 Maerati Quattroporte will produce 475-500 hp making it faster than both the current Audi A8 and the Porsche Panamera GTS. Will there be a performance version to do battle with the S8?
One thing is for certain, Maserati definitely has its work cut out for it with the new Quattroporte. However, if the firm's latest offerings have shown us anything, it's that Maserati is very serious about becoming a contender in the luxury performance segment.
That back story makes the Quattroporte one of the more anticipated cars of 2013. Not only because it's an important car for Maserati, but also because the outgoing Quattroporte came so close to being the exciting alternative to the offerings from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, Porsche and Jaguar. We hope this all new four door does the trick.