The new Maserati V8 Quattroporte sedan will reach US dealerships in the following days with the price of about $130, 000.
According to CEO Harald Wester, Maserati plans to increase global sales from the current 5, 000 units to 50,000 by 2015 by expanding in segments were potential volume is larger. The Quattroporte will also be available in a cheaper V6 version, besides the $130,000 V8 model.
The automaker also plans to introduce a smaller and cheaper ‘entry-level’ Ghibli in 2013 and the Levante SUV in 2014. The Redesigned Maserati will reach European dealers in February and the US dealers in June. Maserati will sell the Quattroporte V8 in Italy with the price of 149,000 euro ($199,200) and the V6 four-wheel-drive version for 110,000 euro. The previous Maserati V8 version was sold for 135,000 euro.
The 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 unit is able to offer a total output of 530 BHP (395 kW) allowing the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds before reaching a top speed of 307 km/h (191 mph). the smaller 3.0 liter engine, able to produce 410 BHP (306 kW) and being mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, will allow the vehicle to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in five seconds, before reaching a top speed of 285 km/h (177 mph).