History of the Maserati Quattroporte – Part II
Manufactured between 1994 and 2001, the Series IV Quattroporte was built with a compact exterior using a twin-turbo charged V6 engine. Designed by Marcello Gandini, the rear wheel design was the signature style of Gandini.
The Series IV was premiered in the spring of 1994, and was first shown at the Turin Motor Show. The car was estimated to be able to reach almost 160 miles an hour. The interior was covered in leather and trimmed out with veneer. By 1996, a V8 version was added to the Quattroporte lineup and was estimated to reach almost 170 miles an hour.
The car was a four dour, five seater vehicle, a design in line with previous series.
First shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the fall of 2003, the Series V Quattroporte came to the United States that year. The designer was Pininfarina, and Quattroporte was built on a wheelbase over 15 inches longer than the previous version, creating a vehicle over 19 inches longer. This same design would eventually become the base for both the Gran Turismo and Gran Cabrio.
The Series V began with a 4.2-litre V8 engine. More than 5,000 Quattroportes were manufactured in 2006, and the vehicle could reach 171 miles an hour.
Between 2003-2008, Maserati focused on providing customization to all buyers, offering 15 different paint colors for the Quattroporte, interior leather choices in ten different varieties, and choices for piping and interior wood panels.
The Quattroporte Executive GT focused on luxury and comfort. The interior roof was lined with suede, and the back seat had massaging seats, it’s own air conditioning control, shades for the windows for privacy, and stow away rear tables.
The Series VI Quattroporte began production in 2013, and is the current generation of the Maserati Quattroporte. It’s bigger than any of the previous generations, and choices for engines is either a twin-turbocharged V6 or V8, or a turbodiesel option.
Lorenzo Ramaciotti influenced the design of the newest model. Many of the components of previous generations, such as the drivetrain, suspension and body design, are kept the same. The Series VI is manufactured in the Bertone plant, purchased by Fiat in 2009 and changed to be the production site for the two current Maserati vehicle options for sale.
The newest generation of the Maserati was first shown in January 2013 at the North American International Auto Show. The vehicle was first offered with a V8 or V6 twin-turbo engine in rear wheel drive. The Quattroporte S comes with an all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive option. In Europe, a V6 turbodiesel model was created in 2013 and shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show.