2013 Maserati Quattroporte: first specs, more photos released

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 13, 2012

The new Maserati Quattroporte made its debut in November, but today the Italian manufacturer owned by Fiat revealed the specs of its new flagship sedan. The new Quattroporte will offer a choice of two twin-turbo engines: a 3.8-liter V8 and a 3.0-liter V6.

The V8 engine will be capable to push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.7 seconds and to a top speed of 307 km/h (191 mph).

For those who don’t know, the 2013 Quattroporte will be with 20km/h faster than the outgoing Quattroporte Sport GT S and will deliver up to 200Nm more torque as well. The twin turbo V6 engine will be capable to offer a top speed of 285km/h (177 mph). Both engines will use an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The V6 version will be available in an all-wheel drive configuration (still, don’t expect an AWD version in RHD markets).

Inside, the car will offer features like the Maserati Touch Control screen, adjustable pedals (left hand drive only), reversing camera and the optional 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, as well as WLAN-based WiFi and compatibility with most modern mobile phone systems.

Maserati has revealed that all versions of its Quattroporte are now equipped with the ZF AT8-HP70 8-speed automatic transmission. Compared to the 6-speed automatic transmission of the outgoing model, this pre-engineered transmission is available for the rear-wheel and all-wheel drive versions and is capable of delivering faster gearshifting, increased comfort, reduced fuel consumption, and reduced noise, vibration and harshness or NVH.

With two over-driven gears, the transmission can give significant benefits in fuel economy while weighing 4 kilograms less than the 6-speed transmission of the outgoing model. In keeping with the tradition of the Maserati, the transmission has 5 dedicated shift modes which are: Auto Normal, Manual Normal, Auto Sport, Manual sport and what is called the Increased Control Efficiency of I.C.E. mode.

The default setting of the Quattroporte is Auto Normal and it executes gear changes through fluid shifts when running at low engine speeds thus emphasizing both comfort and minimal consumption of fuel. The Auto Sport mode, on the other hand, has the transmission switch character in order to change gear with more swiftness when driving at high speeds thus allowing delivery of a unique gear engagement in order to increase the sporting feel of the powertrain.

The two modes enable the Quattroporte to identify different conditions like if the car is braking hard, going uphill or downhill, or when driving a corner. The car then selects the best gear and gear-shift style appropriate to the condition being experienced. By selecting the M button found on its transmission tunnel, the transmission can now be manually controlled. Under the Manual Normal mode, the driver has the option to change gear either through the use of a transmission lever or the elongated gearshift paddles that are attached to its steering column.

Even if the driver is the one to choose the gear under this mode, the system has the ability to intervene and make the necessary gear-shift like going to higher gears if the revolutions of the engine are going too high while it can shift to a lower gear if the revolutions are dropping to low levels. For the Manual Sport mode, it is here that the gearshifts are at their crispest and faster, giving full control to the driver of the powertrain.

Unlike the previous mode, the system does not intervene even when the driver has reached the rev limiter of the engine. The only time the system intervenes is if the revolutions of the engine drop too low, becoming ineffective at the current gear.

The last, and certainly not the least, is the I.C.E. mode which is designed for relaxed driving, amazing fuel economy, and low grip conditions. Under this mode, the transmission is able to change the gear as softly as it can, going up and then returning down through its gears. The five gearshift modes can be selected through the buttons found on the left side of the gear knob. The Quattroporte also sees a mechanical limited-slip differential and with its asymmetric locking features, giving lock-up under power of 35% and under release of 45%.

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