Maserati makes

Quattroporte quicker

Maserati Quattroporte, 2016, GranLusso (left), GranSport (right)
Maserati Quattroporte GranLusso, 2016, front
Maserati Quattroporte GranSport, 2016, front
Maserati Quattroporte GranLusso, interior
Maserati Quattroporte GranSport, dashboard
Maserati Quattroporte GranLusso, dashboard

MASERATI is updating its flagship Quattroporte saloon with two new trims and some aerodynamic tweaks to make it even quicker.

With changes to the nose including a more imposing grille fitted with an air shutter to reduce drag by up to 10 per cent, the V8 model - with its Ferrari-sourced 530hp V8 engine - now has a top speed approaching 195mph.

The new models will be coming on stream in the summer and see the introduction of GranLusso and GranSport trims across the range which is now priced from £70,510 for the 3.0-litre Quattroporte V6 diesel to £115,980 for the 3.8-litre V8.

Three-litre V6 petrol models cost from £82,750 - an increase of some £1,100.

All of the new models now have matt black side skirts and redesigned door mirrors while inside the cabin has been updated with an 8.4-inch high definition touchscreen and a restyled centre console which incorporates a new phone storage area.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring functions.are now included as part of the car's connectivity systems while adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings and automatic emergency braking systems are among new options. So is a surround view camera.

The new trims will be available on the V6 models priced from £78,910 for the diesel and £91,150 for the petrol Quattroporte and will be standard on the V8.

GranLusso models have subtle spoilers front and rear with chrome detailing in the nose and sit on 20-inch alloys while inside they feature luxury appointments including silk fabric trim.

The GranSport finish is designed to give the Quattroporte a more aggressive stance and it comes with 21-inch wheels, gloss black bumpers and red brake calipers.

The interior features sports seats, stainless steel pedals and aluminium paddle shifters as well as piano black trim.

There's also the option of a carbon pack for the body with coverings on the door mirrors, centre pillars, door handles and bumpers.

While the engines and 0 to 60 acceleration times remain unchanged, the slippier body styling moves the top speed of the diesel up to 157mph, the V6 petrol to 179 and the V8 to a maximum of 194mph.

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