How the mighty have fallen. Almost 100 years ago a fresh new brand was born. It was bred to win races, collect victories and woo the crowd with its amazing machinery in the process. Long before the prancing horse was a symbol of Italy, it was Maserati that became a household name. Today? Well, they seem to make rather average luxury cars. Shame.
The issue comes when you realise that the parent company of Maserati is Ferrari and the last thing they want is to produce a car that will subtract from their premier brand. So don’t go expecting a 458 Italia rival anytime soon, though it would make life very interesting… This new car from the Italians is a replacement for the aged, but much loved, Maserati Quattroporte. The all-new metal with the same name is an evolution in terms of design in comparison with the old car. Some bold new attributes now find a home both forward and aft whilst many elements of the GranTurismo are also mixed in. This car will officially make its debut at next years Detroit motor show with a new 4.7 litre V8 built by Ferrari.
Lighter and longer than the machine it replaces, the Quattroporte nameplate is not dead yet. Not by a long shot.