Take a look at the new Maserati Quattroporte in all its splendor

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Maserati just released a fresh picture gallery of its high-end sporty sedan, the Maserati Quattroporte. The sixth generation Quattroporte, a strong contender of premium saloons like the BMW 7-Series, Porsche Panamera, the Jaguar XJ and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, is soon to be unveiled, at the Detroit Motor Show in January.

The new Maserati Quattroporte was totally redesigned: it now uses a whole new platform, and it has new engine options including a 3.0-liter V6 and a 3.8-liter V8 (both turbocharged), designed by Maserati and assembled by Ferrari at Maranello.

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The smaller unit is capable of accelerating the Maserati Quattroporte from 0-100km/h (62mph) in 4.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 285km/h (177 mph). The mightier V8 produces 523hp (530PS) and up to 710Nm (524 lb-ft) of torque. This engine can take the Maserati Quattroporte for a 0-100km/h (62mph) in 4.7 seconds, and its top speed is 307km/h (191 mph).

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If a customer doesn’t want the Maserati-Ferrari engines, he can choose his Maserati Quattroporte with a more mundane Pentastar V6, coming from the Fiat-Chrysler parts bin. This engine develops 404hp (410PS), and can be combined with an AWD system. (The turbocharged versions use an 8-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels as standard.)

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The car became slightly longer and wider compared to its predecessor. Not because anyone complained, but engineers succeeded in improving the legroom, and the luggage room is also greater. Thanks to the extensive use of lightweight materials, the Maserati Quattroporte is lighter with almost 100 kg (220 pounds) compared to the old model. The whole construction is carefully balanced, so the front-to-rear weight is exactly 50:50.

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In this league, technical excellence is nothing without carefully handcrafted, beautiful details and exclusive features. Among other things, the new Maserati Quattroporte has a built in reversing camera, a WLA-based WiFi and an optional 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system.

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