The new sixth-generation Quattroporte was revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2013. Production started in November 2012. The new model was designed at a special Maserati-only department within the Fiat Group Centro Stile design centre, under the guidance of ex-Pininfarina designer Lorenzo Ramaciotti. It will be built at the old Bertone plant, on the outskirts of Turin.
In a detailed pre-launch press briefing Maserati's product development chief Roberto Corradi stressed that everything about the car is newly designed with many elements that will be common to the Quattroporte, a new Ghibli model scheduled for launch in the middle of 2013 and for the SUV Levante model planned for 2014.
The Quattroporte features new Ferrari-built V6 and V8 engines; the launch engine will be a petrol 3.8 (3,798 cc) V8 producing 523 bhp (390 kW; 530 PS) and a 3.0 V6 will follow. It will be mated to a ZF-supplied 8-speed automatic gearbox, with four-wheel drive available on the V6 in left-hand drive markets only.
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