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The Ultimate Maserati Quattroporte Arrives in Australia

April 7th, 2008





Maserati is celebrating a 77 per cent rise in its Australian sales in the first quarter of 2008 with the arrival of the ultimate Maserati Quattroporte, the Sport GT-S, as deliveries start in Australia after its local debut at the 2008 Melbourne International Motor Show, and setting a new benchmark for luxury performance saloon handling and road holding.

“The Maserati Quattroporte is a car that could only be produced in Italy,” says Edward Butler, General Manager of Maserati Australia and New Zealand. “It is an effortless blend of exclusive performance, style, handling and luxury delivered with a refinement and delicacy of touch that sets it apart from its heavy-handed rivals. The Sport GT-S sets a new benchmark for handling and roadholding with suspension and brakes derived from Maserati’s world-beating race programme, yet at the same time it remains comfortable and luxurious – a unique feat.”

Based on the best-selling Maserati of all time, the Sport GT-S has a new suspension system that has been developed specifically to provide the luxury sports saloon with sports car-like handling and roadholding, but, remarkably, without making the ride quality uncomfortable, an important factor on Australian roads.

The new suspension system offers a higher level of body control, sharper turn-in for the steering and makes ever better use of the massive grip offered by 20 inch wheels and tyres. Yet, at the same time damping and spring control, working in harmony with the seat spring rates, maintains ride comfort so that while the driver is reveling in sports car-like levels of response from the chassis, the passengers are able to savor the Quattroporte’s luxury.

The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT-S also stops as well as it goes, thanks to its unique composite dual-cast disc brakes, the first time such a set up has been employed on a road car.

Styling changes are subtle, with the discreet 20 inch dark chrome alloy wheels and use of Alcantara cloth inside the Sport GT-S setting it apart. The Alcantara extends to the steering wheel providing the driver with a tactile experience the same as the drivers of the Maserati MC-12 super cars that have dominated the FIA GT World Championship.

The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT-S has a recommended retail price of $308,000, placing it at the head of the Maserati range.

 


THE MASERATI QUATTROPORTE SPORT GT S

The Quattroporte Sport GT S is the ultimate expression of Maserati’s flagship car performance and style. Exclusively for those looking for a sporting edge in a luxury sedan, the Quattroporte Sport GT S, equipped with an automatic 6-speed gearbox, stands out for its exceptional dynamic behavior and uncompromised handling. 

This result was obtained with the introduction of single-rate dampers and a new “racing” set up. The Quattroporte Sport GT S sits 10 mm lower at the front and 25 mm at the rear, and also features new, stiffer springs and dampers. The lower ride height and greater rigidity in the suspension system have led to a noticeable reduction in the roll and pitch angles, in the weight transfer and also to a slight increase in lateral acceleration.

In everyday driving, this translates into limited body movements, with significant improvements in terms of agility, as well as travel speed through and traction coming out of curves. The result is a car that feels very much like a coupé to drive.

The Quattroporte Sport GT S also boasts another major new development: a unique braking system developed in collaboration with Brembo. This innovative technology uses composite dual-cast discs, the first time such a set up has been employed on a road car.

Unlike traditional cast iron discs, dual-cast discs are made of two materials, cast iron and aluminium, to ensure optimized braking, improving performance in the most extreme conditions and providing greater resistance to fade even at the highest temperatures. The dual-cast disc consists of a cast iron braking surface and an aluminium hat, making it possible to combine the advantages of heat-resistance provided by cast iron with the lightweight properties of aluminium. In particular, the use of aluminium, which is generally 20% lighter than cast iron, made it possible to increase the diameter of the front discs up to 360 mm, while maintaining the same weight.

In addition to improving the performance of the braking system, other advantages created by the dual-casting of these materials include greater driving comfort, less wear on the discs and pads, and better component performance.

The Quattroporte Sport GT S’s new braking system also features new mono-block, six-piston front brake calipers and new tyres have been developed especially for this car (front 245/35-R20 and rear 295/30-R20). The larger rear ground footprint allows optimum use of the V8’s 400 hp, whilst the new tyre mix helps the brakes and set-up to guarantee a superior level of handling and driving emotion.

The fuel economy is also remarkable: it uses 9% less fuel in non-urban driving compared to the Quattroporte DuoSelect.

The Quattroporte Sport GT S’s exterior is distinguished by a more aggressive look. The black-chrome mesh front grille, a characteristic element of sporty Maseratis, is joined by a series of significant aesthetic elements: the side window trims and the two double exhaust pipes are also in black, whilst door handles are in the same color as the body of the car. 

The Quattroporte Sport GT S is fitted with dark-chrome 20", seven spoke alloy wheels.

Even the interior reflects the muscular character of the car, thanks to a meticulous selection of materials which celebrate the sportier nature of the latest evolution of the Maserati flagship vehicle. The interior finish features carbon-fiber with aluminium treads.

The front seats offer an advanced level of lateral support and are distinguished by the new design of the seat and backrest. Thanks to a more cosseting shape, they ensure an excellent level of comfort as well as support for the upper body and legs in sporty driving.

The interior of the Quattroporte GT S combine the traditional Poltrona Frau leather and Alcantara, which covers the central sections of the seats, the door panels and the rim of the steering wheel. Available in five colors (Beige, Pearl Beige, Grigio-Gray, Nero-Black, and Blu Trofeo), Alcantara, beside giving customers a further personalization option, also offers better grip.

The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT-S has a recommended retail price of $308,000 in Australia and $294,000 in New Zealand.

Maserati is celebrating a 77 per cent rise in its Australian sales in the first quarter of 2008 with the arrival of the ultimate Maserati Quattroporte, the Sport GT-S, as deliveries start in Australia after its local debut at the 2008 Melbourne International Motor Show, and setting a new benchmark for luxury performance saloon handling and road holding.

“The Maserati Quattroporte is a car that could only be produced in Italy,” says Edward Butler, General Manager of Maserati Australia and New Zealand. “It is an effortless blend of exclusive performance, style, handling and luxury delivered with a refinement and delicacy of touch that sets it apart from its heavy-handed rivals. The Sport GT-S sets a new benchmark for handling and roadholding with suspension and brakes derived from Maserati’s world-beating race programme, yet at the same time it remains comfortable and luxurious – a unique feat.”

Based on the best-selling Maserati of all time, the Sport GT-S has a new suspension system that has been developed specifically to provide the luxury sports saloon with sports car-like handling and roadholding, but, remarkably, without making the ride quality uncomfortable, an important factor on Australian roads.

The new suspension system offers a higher level of body control, sharper turn-in for the steering and makes ever better use of the massive grip offered by 20 inch wheels and tyres. Yet, at the same time damping and spring control, working in harmony with the seat spring rates, maintains ride comfort so that while the driver is reveling in sports car-like levels of response from the chassis, the passengers are able to savor the Quattroporte’s luxury.

The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT-S also stops as well as it goes, thanks to its unique composite dual-cast disc brakes, the first time such a set up has been employed on a road car.

Styling changes are subtle, with the discreet 20 inch dark chrome alloy wheels and use of Alcantara cloth inside the Sport GT-S setting it apart. The Alcantara extends to the steering wheel providing the driver with a tactile experience the same as the drivers of the Maserati MC-12 super cars that have dominated the FIA GT World Championship.

The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT-S has a recommended retail price of $308,000, placing it at the head of the Maserati range.

 


THE MASERATI QUATTROPORTE SPORT GT S

The Quattroporte Sport GT S is the ultimate expression of Maserati’s flagship car performance and style. Exclusively for those looking for a sporting edge in a luxury sedan, the Quattroporte Sport GT S, equipped with an automatic 6-speed gearbox, stands out for its exceptional dynamic behavior and uncompromised handling. 

This result was obtained with the introduction of single-rate dampers and a new “racing” set up. The Quattroporte Sport GT S sits 10 mm lower at the front and 25 mm at the rear, and also features new, stiffer springs and dampers. The lower ride height and greater rigidity in the suspension system have led to a noticeable reduction in the roll and pitch angles, in the weight transfer and also to a slight increase in lateral acceleration.

In everyday driving, this translates into limited body movements, with significant improvements in terms of agility, as well as travel speed through and traction coming out of curves. The result is a car that feels very much like a coupé to drive.

The Quattroporte Sport GT S also boasts another major new development: a unique braking system developed in collaboration with Brembo. This innovative technology uses composite dual-cast discs, the first time such a set up has been employed on a road car.

Unlike traditional cast iron discs, dual-cast discs are made of two materials, cast iron and aluminium, to ensure optimized braking, improving performance in the most extreme conditions and providing greater resistance to fade even at the highest temperatures. The dual-cast disc consists of a cast iron braking surface and an aluminium hat, making it possible to combine the advantages of heat-resistance provided by cast iron with the lightweight properties of aluminium. In particular, the use of aluminium, which is generally 20% lighter than cast iron, made it possible to increase the diameter of the front discs up to 360 mm, while maintaining the same weight.

In addition to improving the performance of the braking system, other advantages created by the dual-casting of these materials include greater driving comfort, less wear on the discs and pads, and better component performance.

The Quattroporte Sport GT S’s new braking system also features new mono-block, six-piston front brake calipers and new tyres have been developed especially for this car (front 245/35-R20 and rear 295/30-R20). The larger rear ground footprint allows optimum use of the V8’s 400 hp, whilst the new tyre mix helps the brakes and set-up to guarantee a superior level of handling and driving emotion.

The fuel economy is also remarkable: it uses 9% less fuel in non-urban driving compared to the Quattroporte DuoSelect.

The Quattroporte Sport GT S’s exterior is distinguished by a more aggressive look. The black-chrome mesh front grille, a characteristic element of sporty Maseratis, is joined by a series of significant aesthetic elements: the side window trims and the two double exhaust pipes are also in black, whilst door handles are in the same color as the body of the car. 

The Quattroporte Sport GT S is fitted with dark-chrome 20", seven spoke alloy wheels.

Even the interior reflects the muscular character of the car, thanks to a meticulous selection of materials which celebrate the sportier nature of the latest evolution of the Maserati flagship vehicle. The interior finish features carbon-fiber with aluminium treads.

The front seats offer an advanced level of lateral support and are distinguished by the new design of the seat and backrest. Thanks to a more cosseting shape, they ensure an excellent level of comfort as well as support for the upper body and legs in sporty driving.

The interior of the Quattroporte GT S combine the traditional Poltrona Frau leather and Alcantara, which covers the central sections of the seats, the door panels and the rim of the steering wheel. Available in five colors (Beige, Pearl Beige, Grigio-Gray, Nero-Black, and Blu Trofeo), Alcantara, beside giving customers a further personalization option, also offers better grip.

The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT-S has a recommended retail price of $308,000 in Australia and $294,000 in New Zealand.



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