As the week of the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit draws nigh, the number of pre-show reveals is steadily beginning to increase. Kicking things off this morning is the Maserati Quatrroporte Sport GT S performance sedan, the newest addition to the Quattroporte family that will be making its grand debut in Detroit in January. Although heralded as “another milestone”, the new Quattroporte Sport GT S does not appear to feature any drastic changes. In terms of tech specs, the Quattroporte S V8 4.7L engine was given a performance boost from 425-hp to 433-hp (a whopping 8 horses, for those of you keeping score at home), and a new software system that supposedly allows for faster, smoother shifts. Exterior upgrade include something called a “shadow line”, which, upon closer reading of the press release, appears to be just a fancy word for “blackout job.”
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Modena – December 22nd, 2008 – The new Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S sets yet another milestone in terms of sportiness in the high performance luxury sedan segment of the automotive market . Conceived and developed as “a real driving machine in the guise of a luxury sedan ”, the Quattroporte Sport GT S is the ultimate expression of Maserati’s sportiness in the Quattroporte range.
The technical changes to the new Quattroporte Sport GT S in respect to the Quattroporte S concern four areas:
• the mapping of the V8 4.7 liter engine, with power increased to 323kW (433 HP);
• the gearshift management software, with new features designed to increase driving enjoyment;
• the front and rear suspension system featuring single-rate dampers, stiffer springs and lower ride height;
• the sports exhaust controlled by pneumatic valves for a deep, throaty and captivating sound.
The sportier and more aggressive look is evident also by virtue of the interior and exterior stylistic choices:
• the new black grill with concave vertical fins featuring the Trident logo with red accents, typical of the sportier versions of Maserati models;
• the new headlights, in metallic titanium finish;
• the side and rear “shadow line”, which includes black finishing around the doors, body-colored door handles and black twin oval exhaust pipes,
• the new M-design seats with perforated Alcantara® and leather upholstery;
• the standard trim in Titantex, a “titanium colored” composite material.