World debut for the Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna concept Limited Edition and Quattroporte Diesel
Following the highly successful launch of the Quattroporte at the Detroit motorshow in January, and that of the Ghibli at the Shanghai show in mid-April, Maserati is expanding its range once again with the introduction of the Quattroporte diesel.
The 3.0 litre turbo diesel engine delivers 275 horsepower (a second version for the Italian market puts out 250 HP) with 600 Nm of torque, taking the Maserati Quattroporte to a top speed of 250 km/h (240 km/h for the 250 HP version) and pushing it from 0 to 100 in only 6.4 seconds (6.8 seconds for the 250 HP version).
An exclusive concept car signed by Zegna is also making its first appearance alongside the new diesel. The Zegna version will feature an exclusive colour scheme, special mirror polished rims on tone and prestigious interiors upholstered in fabrics made by the famous Italian fashion house.
Maserati's stand at Frankfurt will also be graced by the complete Ghibli range, making its European debut, and by the four seater GranTurismo MC Stradale first unveiled at the Geneva motorshow in March.
MASERATI QUATTROPORTE BY ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA
The Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition concept car to be unveiled at the Frankfurt motorshow features a unique new look in colour scheme, materials and finish. The car, presented as a limited edition concept, is intended for development into a production version with the same personality and quality of the current range, yet enhancing its exclusivity.
Ermenegildo Zegna's concept is the result of close collaboration between two companies that are linked by history, tradition and spirit of exclusiveness.
The exterior of the Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition concept car features a special effect paint finish that simulates the fluidity and purity of metal, by using ultra-fine aluminium pigments. A gloss black primer amplifies the brilliance of aluminium pigments and creates a sensation of depth. The platinum metal colour effect finish is warmly nuanced to express the car's classic and sophisticated, yet technically advanced character. The impressive liquid effect of the paint finish emphasises the sinuous lines of the body and accentuates the way in which one section flows into the next.
This special paint also applies to the 20” Mercurio rims, with an elegant mirror-polished finish that creates a chromatic contrast, both technical and sporty.
The material and chromatic research concept of the Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition is based on a play between the classical and the contemporary.
A leading role in this concept car is played by its interior. Classical warm hues like moka and greige are re-interpreted in a modern key to emulate Zegna's latest men's fashion collections, conveying a formal, sophisticated character. Interior components such as seats, door panels and roof lining are finished in genuine soft leather, in addition to a velvet-smooth, bright fabric that, due to Zegna's vast experience and know-how, guarantees the level of performance needed for automotive applications.
The most interesting challenge posed by the project was precisely to develop a fabric by “Zegna” for automotive applications, with the look of formal men's wear. The fabric therefore had to have a typical masculine herringbone pattern and traditional weave, and also needed to have the feel, softness and prestige typical of Zegna cloth. Thanks to the unique fabric created especially for the Quattroporte and offered in a warm greige tint with soft moka and greige leather, and thanks also to a new warm titanium treatment and antique look matt walnut finish, the car's exclusive, harmonious and balanced interior is certain to satisfy the most refined and sophisticated customer.
Two precious plates obtained from aluminium ingot, bearing the words “Ermenegildo Zegna Exclusively for Maserati”, announce and promote the collaboration between the two companies. One plate is located on the outside of the pillar while the other, personalised with a limited series number, is applied to the central console. Hidden behind the sun visor, a real fabric label, made exactly like those sewn into the linings of Zegna suits, provides the customer with another discreet but distinctive indication of the level of care and attention dedicated to the design and finish of every aspect of this car.
The Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition is equipped with V8 twin turbo engine with 530 hp and a torque of 710 Nm, capable of a top speed of 307 Km/h and an acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h, in just 4.7 seconds
The Quattroporte's 2,987 cc V6 turbo-diesel engine develops 202 kW (275 HP) and delivers an impressive 600 Nm of torque to permit acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.4 seconds.
Maserati's engineers have developed a sophisticated common rail direct injection fuel system for the new turbo-diesel from VM Motori of Cento, near Ferrara, operating at a pressure of 2000 bar and incorporating short dwell time injectors. The multiple sequential injections permitted by the new system mean high performance, better response and cleaner emissions. The engine is also fitted with a variable geometry turbo with ball bearings for minimum friction and turbo lag and a steel exhaust manifold with Air Gap technology for higher exhaust temperatures and higher energy gas flow. These advanced technologies enable the engine to produce a high specific power output.
The turbo-diesel Quattroporte also features Start & Stop technology, which can reduce, by up to 6%, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, depending on route and traffic intensity. The Start & Stop system switches off the engine when the car stops and starts it again as soon as the brake pedal is released.
In Italy, the Quattroporte diesel will be available in two versions: 202 kW (275 HP) and 184 kW (250 HP).
It has always been possible to recognise a Maserati from its distinctive engine sound, and the Quattroporte diesel is no exception thanks to Maserati's new Active Sound system! Two acoustic actuators installed near the exhaust pipes accentuate the distinctive sound of the engine and modulate it according to the way in which the car is driven. If the driver presses the Sport button on the central tunnel, the engine note becomes even more thrilling.
The sound produced by the exhaust system perfectly matches vehicle dynamics, being loud but discrete since very low rpm and fully satisfying customers ears during vehicle progression.
At key on, in NORMAL mode the full bodied sound is pleasant. In SPORT mode, the sound is modified together with other vehicle set ups to further improve vehicle sporty dynamics and becomes louder, wider and clearly sportive.
The result is, for both car occupants and outside listeners, an harmonic and vigorous sound, typically recognised worldwide as “The Maserati Sound”.