Quattroporte III

The third generation of the Maserati luxury saloon was meant to make up for the Quattroporte II fiasco. Alejandro De Tomaso, who disliked Citroën, discarded all Citroën technology used on the Quattroporte II. Mechanical parts came from the Kyalami and the Quattroporte had again a V8 engine and rear wheel drive. The impressive body of the Quattroporte III was designed by Giugiaro and the steel body shells were built at the Innocenti plant near Milan, prior to assembly in Modena. When the car went on sale in 1979, it was an instant commercial success. In 1987, a restyled version called Quattroporte Royale offered an upgraded interior and a 20hp more powerful 4.9L engine. Production of the Quattroporte III continued until 1990.

Data sheet Quattroporte 4.2 Quattroporte 4.9 Quattroporte Royale
Model code Tipo AM330 Tipo AM330/49 Tipo AM330/49
Body type 4-door, 5-seater saloon 4-door, 5-seater saloon 4-door, 5-seater saloon
Design Giugiaro Giugiaro Giugiaro
Production years 1979 - 1983 1978 - 1988 1987 - 1990
Maserati era De Tomaso De Tomaso De Tomaso
Numbers produced 69 2025 51
Chassis Steel platform chassis Steel platform chassis Steel platform chassis
Kerb weight 1,780 - 1,975kg 1,780 - 1,975kg 1,780 - 1,975kg
Engine configuration 90° V8, double overhead camshaft 90° V8, double overhead camshaft 90° V8, double overhead camshaft
Displacement 4,136cc 4,930cc 4,930cc
Maximum power 255hp @ 6,000rpm 280hp @ 5,600rpm 300hp @ 5,800rpm
Top speed 215km/h 220km/h 230km/h
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