Maserati Quattroporte – luxury sports sedan produced since 1963 by the Italian brand Maserati. The name is from the Italian four-door. Currently sold the fifth generation of the model.
Qauttroporte Generation (designation code Tipo PM 07), went into production in 1963. Pietro Frua designed body modeled on the model 5000 GT, which created two years earlier. Its competitors were the Facel Vega and the Lagonda Rapide.
Helped to drive the V8 4.1 l V8 with 256hp combined with a 5-speed manual or 3-speed automatic. By 1966 (when introduced amendments) produced 230 copies. In 1966 he introduced a modernized version of the Series 2a. Since 1968, offered a V8 engine of 4.7 liters (290hp power). The production was completed in 1969, the number of 772 copies (series 1 and 2).
In 1974, Maserati (which at the time owned by Citroën) presented the second generation of luxury limousines (internal designation Tipo AM 123). Marcello Gandini designed the body of Bertone. The car was built on the chassis of the Citroën SM, used his engine, hydropneumatic suspension and front-wheel drive. A small three-liter engine was supposed to be a response to the fuel crisis. Unfortunately, the drive did not work in weighing 1.6 tonnes and measuring 5.2 m car. At the Geneva Motor Show in 1975 was presented version of the 3.2-liter engine of about 200hp.
When Citroën went bankrupt in 1974, only 6 pre-production units have been built, and another 7 bids later part.
The third generation model was introduced in 1979, bore the designation of internal Tipo AM 330. Sold 2,141 copies. Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1976 presented two studio models Medici I and Medici II built on the platform of the Maserati. Maserati used the body Giugiaro to create Quattroporte III. The production was completed in 1990.
In the years 1986-1990 also produced 55 units luxurious Royale variety of engine boosted to 300hp, the first copy was sent to Italian President Sandro Pertiniego.
Generation IV went to production in 1994. Compared to earlier versions of the car will decrease significantly. This also applied to the engines. Originally mounted 2.0-liter biturbo 280hp (up to 1997). Since 1995, individuals were also available 2.8 L 285hp with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. At the end of 1995 appeared the engine 3.2-liter 336hp model Shamal.
Marcello Gandini designed the body to give a low drag coefficient of Cd 0.31. It was the first Maserati model, in which the assembled ABS and airbags. In 1998, he presented Quattraporte Evoluzione versions 2800 and 3200 (255-270km/h). The production model was completed in 2001, the number of more than 2,800 units produced.
In 2004 began production designed by Pininfarina model generation Quattroporte V equipped with a 4.2-liter engine 400hp. A large mass makes the acceleration of 0-100km/h in 5.2 secondsWith equal decomposed mass between the front and rear axle car runs well. This distribution was obtained by reversing the engine behind the front axle, and the gearbox moving backwards. The weight distribution between the axles, known to many sports Car was first applied in a luxury sedan. In 2008 (year 2009) model has undergone a face-lift. The V8 engine with a capacity of 4.2-liter 400hp V8 was replaced with a larger capacity 4.7-liter increased to 430hp. The most obvious external changes are the front and rear headlights with LED technology. It has also changed the front grill. The flagship model is also available in the UK market.
The sixth generation of the zedebiutowaÅ‚a during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2013. Production started in November 2012. Used to drive the V6 and V8 engines developed by Ferrari as the first was available V8 3.8 (3798 cm ³) with a maximum power of 530hp. The vehicle used was 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.