Maserati puts spirit of 523 horsepower behind top Thoroughbreds at Kentucky Derby including winner, orb
Celebrating the first arrivals in North America of Quattroporte four-door and recent unveiling of the Ghibli sports sedan, Maserati salutes winning horse and team
Maserati enjoyed its debut at the worlds most famous horse race in celebration of the arrival on North American shores of the very first examples of all new Quattroporte sedan and the recent global unveiling of the Ghibli sport sedan. Many of the jockey’s, including winner Joel Rosario carried the famed Maserati logo and its Trident on their britches, bringing all 523 horsepower of the Maserati V8 in spirit behind each one.
The Italian brand with a long tradition of victory in competition is proud to have been on board for the winning ride. The timing is noteworthy as the Ghibli and the new Quattroporte are both designed with All Wheel Drive for Maserati performance even when conditions are less than perfect, as it was for the 139th running at Churchill Downs. Maserati wishes to congratulate the winning horse Orb, Jockey Joel Rosario, trainer Shug McGaughey and the team behind this victory.
About the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte:
The 2014 Maserati Quattroporte is a significant leap forward that not only sets the high-technology tone for the Trident brand’s upcoming range of new-models, but also remains faithful to Maserati’s long history of luxury sports sedans. The powerful and proprietary Maserati engines and the large cabin are at the core of the Quattroporte’s design. Dominated by a long, powerful nose and a concave Trident grille a clear link is created to both current and historic Maseratis.
The newly-developed direct-injection engine family boasts a 523 hp 3.8-litre V8 and a 404 hp/ 3.0-litre V6, both of which are twin-turbocharged, designed by Maserati Powertrain and assembled by Ferrari at their plant in Maranello. All versions come equipped with the latest eight-speed automatic transmission developed with ZF. The V8 is the fastest, most powerful and efficient four-door Maserati has ever built, reaching 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and achieving a top speed of 191 mph.
The all-new architecture retains the Quattroporte’s exquisite handling with near 50:50 weight distribution, double-wishbone front suspension and a state-of-the-art five-link rear suspension. The V6 twin turbo Q4 All-Wheel Drive variant is capable of a top speed of 177mph. The “Q4” system is capable of redistributing the torque instantly from full rear wheel drive to a balanced near 50/50 distribution between front and rear wheels when more traction is needed.
New standards of quality in design, development, fabrication and process controls are employed in the facility building the Quattroporte, while traditional hand-crafted design continues inside and out of the Quattroporte’s cabin. Interior luxury leaps forward technically, too, with features like a touch control screen, adjustable pedals, WLAN-based WiFi and an optional 15-speaker, 1280 Watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system.
In 1963, Maserati established the benchmark for the luxury sports sedan. The new Quattroporte continues to elevate the standard of high quality engineering, supercar performance all within the space, luxury and daily driving ability of a sedan.
About the Maserati Ghibli
The all-new Ghibli sedan is set to break new ground for Maserati. The Ghibli’s design ethos emphasizes its more dynamic driving characteristics by maintaining visible links with the larger Quattroporte while delivering a more aggressive visual personality and sport sedan proportions.
The outline of the body reflects a coupe-like philosophy for the four-door sedan, while there are strong feline hints around the Ghibli’s grille and headlights. The grille takes its inspiration from the current GranTurismo and it can draw a line back to the classic A6 GCS of the 1950s.
It also maintains Maserati’s distinctive C-pillar treatment, which delivers much of the coupe-like stance and carries the classical Saetta Maserati logo, carrying on a tradition dating back to 1963.
The side profile is dominated by a swage line that runs from the traditional Maserati grille vents behind the front wheels and finishes in the rear lights themselves.
Inside, the Ghibli sets itself apart from the Quattroporte with its own dashboard design that perfectly meets the buyer’s need for a sportier and youthful experience without losing any of the luxury expected in a Maserati. The Ghibli also delivers a sporty design combined with the typical roominess of an executive sedan.
The Ghibli will have a more-focused, sportier philosophy than the larger Quattroporte. It will be available with two turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engines, an eight-speed automatic transmission and the new Q4 all-wheel drive system.
The most powerful of the V6s will be the twin-turbo unit in the Ghibli S, which produces 404 hp at 5500rpm and 405 lb ft of torque from just 1750rpm. The all-wheel drive Ghibli S Q4 will reach 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds and was developed by Maserati Powertrain in partnership with Ferrari Powertrain and will be built by Ferrari in its world-leading engine construction facility in Maranello.
About Maserati North America:
Maserati produces Four lines of award winning sports-luxury cars. All new for 2014, the four door Quattroporte is larger, lighter and faster with timeless style, an interior awash with Italian leather and fine materials. It comes available with all wheel drive, or with a 523 hp V8 engine. Later in the year, the Quattroporte will be joined by the Ghibli sport sedan. The GranTurismo Coupe and the GranTurismo Convertible are globally recognized for their elegance and capability. In each Maserati four adults can travel in an abundance of space and handcrafted luxury, while a race-bred engines and six-speed or eight speed adaptive automatic transmission deliver thoroughbred performance and the unmistakable Maserati exhaust note. Maserati automobiles and merchandise can be found at retailers across North America. Information on Maserati can be found at www.maserati.us, 1-800- My-Maserati or for press information www.media.maserati.com.
For information contact:
Maserati: Jeffrey Ehoodin, Public Relations Manager, Maserati NA: 201-816-2705.