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First impressions: What is this please? The front headlights of the old Mercedes CLS, the tail is a mixture of Infiniti and Audi, and inside cheaper fashion jewelry such as in the old Chrysler 300 Were it not for the greedy gaping grille, the three gills in the fenders and the trident in the logo - the new Quattroporte would be hardly recognizable as a Maserati.
The manufacturer says: For the Maserati Quattroporte conducts a model initiative with which the Fiat subsidiary brand wants to increase sales of currently more than 6000 vehicles per year by 2015 to 50,000 cars. Here CEO Harald Wester relies not only on new models, but also to new markets, especially in the United States and China is expected to grow Maserati - and the new Quattroporte comes to local customers receive far.
Because it's the U.S. auto connoisseurs can not be large enough, and the car in China is a chauffeur, the body will be donated to the backbench by around 20 centimeters in length. 5.26 meters of beanpole now measures.
That struck us: the car has become as American. This can be taken literally, as the Italian designers have adopted many switches and levers of the car from the parts bearing the sister brand Chrysler. In a figurative sense, this is also because the Italian grandeur of a more American form of luxury is gone.
The backlit plastic cube in the instruments, for example, look like rhinestones, the fan grills on the strange warped chrome strip across the cockpit looks like costume jewelry and the navigation screen as a bad copy of a tablet computer. Consistent with that, as with many American cars, some features such as the navigation destination input device while driving may not operate for safety reasons. And in the trunk, there is an emergency release, with the lid can be opened from the inside.
But as soon as - as only Porsche - left of the steering wheel on the start button presses and the new V8 turbo engine comes to life, you forget these shortcomings, however - at least for the moment.
The unit, built by Ferrari's sister brand, spirited than ever, and shows that in a tuxedo of the luxury sedan is actually a sports car plugged. Pierced as it shoots the Quattroporte and makes even on a winding country road a lot of fun - it feels to ride on big boat smaller than it actually is. Steering, suspension, brakes - on these points, there was apparently no willingness to compromise on the Maserati Bestimmern.
The need to know: The V8 engine is available in the capacity shrank by 0.9 to 3.8 liters. Which is offset by two turbochargers with which the power increases by 90 to 530 horsepower. In addition, the maximum torque rises to 650 Nm and can be short-term increase in the kickdown to 710 Nm. Then, about two tons to be very, very easy: in just 4.7 seconds, the load speed of 100, after 14.7 seconds, already 200 km / h and finito is only at 307 km / h Maserati boasts to be the fastest production sedan, the Quattroporte in the world. Even the AMG and Quattro models of the German south with not hold since.
Although stronger than ever, the Quattroporte is almost a low-end model. At least on paper: Thanks to downsizing and a splendid eight-speed automatic fuel consumption drops by 40 percent to 11.9 liters on average. In everyday driving, this value can be doubled easily, however. As an alternative drive it for the first time also be a V6 gasoline engine with three-liter displacement and 410 hp - also available with all-wheel drive. The latter is also a first for the brand.
When furnishing offer other brands more. For the Quattroporte, there are indeed desired a Wi-Fi hotspot, a sound system with 15 speakers and 1280 watts and perhaps the finest leather in this class. Assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control or guidance you are looking for help in vain. Cheaper the car is, therefore, not the contrary. With a price of around 145,000 euros will cost the car up to € 30,000 more than the previous model.
We will not forget the blatant contradiction between passion and apathy, on the one comes with this car again. On the one hand because the engine to die for and the respectable suspension that size and weight are the sedan can almost forget.
On the other hand, there is not only the aforementioned plastic switch from Chrysler, but also finger-thick rubber joints between the frameless side windows and the body, which not only look ugly, but produce beyond 100 km / h annoying wind noise. Luxury without perfection but has never worked properly.
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