These are first images of the production version of Maserati’s new Quattroporte replacement, likely to be re-named when it makes its official debut at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show.
While its design will be a radical departure from the boxy shape of the former car, it won’t be exactly like the 1:5-scale model that was shown during an event in Tokyo in May 2002. But the newest Maserati will still come in as a huge luxury sedan. Sources say overall length is 5.10 meters (slightly over 200 inches), which would make it longer than a short-wheelbase Mercedes S-class.
The Quattroporte is expected to compete with the BMW 7‑Series and Mercedes S-Class. Since the newest entry from Italy will not have a speed limiter, it will also be much faster than the German competition, reaching top-speeds close to 185 miles per hour.
The interior, decked out with leather, wood and Alcantara, as well as the latest in audio, navigation and telematics, will be on par with the others in its class.
Even with America being Maserati’s most important market, there are no plans to offer an automatic gearbox alongside the Cambiocorsa robotized manual gearbox. It receives power from Maserati’s 4.2-liter 385-hp V-8 which will be tuned to provide more low- and mid-range torque. Though available in the Ferrari shelf and offered by the German rivals, Maserati has no plans to offer a V-12 in the new car. The new Quattroporte aims to take half of all Maserati sales by the time volumes reach 9000 units a year in 2006.