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Forty years ago, the Maserati Quattroporte was presented to Italian President Sandro Pertini

Modena, 16 December 2019 – Maserati has always been known for cars of exceptional luxury, elegance and performance, demonstrated by the choice of Quattroporte models as the official cars of the Italian President.

On 14 December 1979 the Maserati Quattroporte 3rd generation, in both automatic and manual gear-shift, was presented to Italian President Sandro Pertini. The ceremony, held at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, was attended by the Minister of Industry and Trade, the Rt Hon Antonio Bisaglia, and the CEO of Maserati, Alejandro de Tomaso.

The Maserati Quattroporte 3rd generation (1979), designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, was the first completely new car to be designed during the de Tomaso management period (1976-1993), and featured lines inspired by the first, 1963, version of the Quattroporte, although with a less sporty and more formal personality.

The Quattroporte 3rd generation was characterised by a luxurious and refined interior. It was fitted with the V8 engine, in variants of 4.2 L with 255 hp and 4.9 L with 280 hp. The top speed was 220 km/h. The car remained on the market from 1979 until 1990, with a total of 2,145 units sold.

In 1986 the "Royale" version was launched: it was a restyling with interior upgrades including soft leather seats and lavish use of burr walnut on the dashboard and door panels. Other distinctive features were the radio telephone in the compartment between the front seats and the small stow-away folding table in the rear doors. The Quattroporte Royale was equipped with a powerful 4.9 L V8 engine with 300 hp and just 51 were built withthis trim.

In 1982, the Italian President's General Secretariat placed an order with Maserati for the construction of an armoured Quattroporte for the President's use.

In 1983 the Modena firm supplied a Quattroporte, in “Dark Aquamarine” colour with beige velvet interior, to President Sandro Pertini, and it became his car of choice for institutional engagements. One of the car's original features was a large ashtray with pipe holder between the rear seats: this was requested by the President himself, and Maserati modified the rear bench to create it. The car also featured a bar cabinet, a telephone system, and an intercom for communication with people outside the car. The car's cabin was completely armoured and bullet-proof, with high-strength manganese steel plating. The windows were also armoured, 31 mm thick and made of polycarbonate with 4 electrically controlled windows. The roof could be opened electrically above the rear seats to allow the President to stand up and greet crowds while on the move; a special handle was installed on the back of the right front seat to make this upright position safer and more comfortable.

The Head of State used the Quattroporte 3rd generation on all public occasions, including his historic visit to the Ferrari factory in Maranello on 29 May 1983. On that occasion, ceremonial etiquette demanded that once the car had entered the plant, the host, Enzo Ferrari should approach the presidential vehicle. However, Ferrari remained motionless about ten metres from the car. The elderly President Pertini got out of the Quattroporte and walked over to the Ferrari boss. Enzo Ferrari did not move because of the long-standing local rivalry between the Prancing Horse and Trident brands. 

In the 1980s, other famous personalities also chose the Quattroporte 3rd generation as their means of transport. Perhaps the best known was Modenese tenor Luciano Pavarotti; there are famous photographs of him in his Quattroporte outside La Scala in Milan.

Today, the Quattroporte is still the President of Italy's official car: on 2 June this year, on Republic Day, the current President Sergio Mattarella used the Quattroporte 6th generation with exterior colour “Blu Istituzionale" specially created by Maserati. The car has interior trims in “Black Piano” (black lacquered wood) teamed with full-grain Pieno Fiore leather.  Particular care was taken over the soundproofing of the cabin to ensure the upmost  of comfort on board the car in all conditions of use. The rear of the console bears the official crest of the Italian Republic. The Quattroporte built for the Italian President was specifically modified to achieve the highest safety standards for cars intended for particular institutional uses. The powerplant is the famous 530 hp bi-turbo V8 with peak torque of 650 Nm.

Thus continues the tradition by which Maserati has supplied special cars for the President of Italy.

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Ghibli

2020
Ghibli
Starting from SR 330,000
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.5 sec
Max speed
267 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
RWD

Ghibli S

2020
Ghibli S
Starting from SR 375,000
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
4.9 sec
Max speed
286 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
RWD

Ghibli S Q4

2020
Ghibli S Q4
Starting from SR 385,500
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
4.7 sec
Max speed
286 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
AWD

Levante

2020
Levante
Starting from SR 359,500
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
6.0 sec
Max speed
251 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
AWD

Levante S

2020
Levante S
Starting from SR 412,500
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.2 sec
Max speed
264 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
AWD

Levante GTS

2020
Levante GTS
Starting from SR 528,500
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
4.2 sec
Max speed
292 km/h
Max power
550 HP
Traction
AWD

Levante Trofeo

2020
Levante Trofeo
Starting from SR 663,000
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
3.9 sec
Max speed
304 km/h
Max power
590 HP
Traction
AWD

Quattroporte

2020
Quattroporte
Starting from SR 430,500
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.5 sec
Max speed
270 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
RWD

Quattroporte S

2020
Quattroporte S
Starting from SR 485,000
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.0 sec
Max speed
288 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
RWD

Quattroporte S Q4

2020
Quattroporte S Q4
Starting from SR 508,500
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
4.8 sec
Max speed
288 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
AWD

Quattroporte GTS

2020
Quattroporte GTS
Starting from SR 638,000
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
4.7 sec
Max speed
310 km/h
Max power
530 HP
Traction
RWD

GranTurismo Sport

2020
GranTurismo Sport
Starting from SR 508,000
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
4691 cc
Acceleration
4.8 sec
Max speed
299 km/h
Max power
460 HP
Traction
RWD

GranTurismo MC

2020
GranTurismo MC
Starting from SR 588,500
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
4691 cc
Acceleration
4.7 sec
Max speed
301 km/h
Max power
460 HP
Traction
RWD

GranCabrio Sport

2020
GranCabrio Sport
Starting from SR 570,000
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
4691 cc
Acceleration
5.0 sec
Max speed
288 km/h
Max power
460 HP
Traction
RWD

GranCabrio MC

2020
GranCabrio MC
Starting from SR 623,500
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
4691 cc
Acceleration
4.9 sec
Max speed
291 km/h
Max power
460 HP
Traction
RWD
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Build and Price

Every Maserati is like a work of art constructed with the care and attention that only the human hand can provide.
Ghibli
Ghibli

Ghibli

2020
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.5 sec
Max speed
267 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
RWD
Starting from SR 330,000

Ghibli S

2020
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
4.9 sec
Max speed
286 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
RWD
Starting from SR 375,000

Ghibli S Q4

2020
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
4.7 sec
Max speed
286 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
AWD
Starting from SR 385,500
Levante
Levante

Levante

2020
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
6.0 sec
Max speed
251 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
AWD
Starting from SR 359,500

Levante S

2020
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.2 sec
Max speed
264 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
AWD
Starting from SR 412,500

Levante GTS

2020
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
4.2 sec
Max speed
292 km/h
Max power
550 HP
Traction
AWD
Starting from SR 528,500

Levante Trofeo

2020
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
3.9 sec
Max speed
304 km/h
Max power
590 HP
Traction
AWD
Starting from SR 663,000
Quattroporte
Quattroporte

Quattroporte

2020
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.5 sec
Max speed
270 km/h
Max power
350 HP
Traction
RWD
Starting from SR 430,500

Quattroporte S

2020
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
5.0 sec
Max speed
288 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
RWD
Starting from SR 485,000

Quattroporte S Q4

2020
Engine Layout
V6
Displacement
2979 cc
Acceleration
4.8 sec
Max speed
288 km/h
Max power
430 HP
Traction
AWD
Starting from SR 508,500

Quattroporte GTS

2020
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
3799 cc
Acceleration
4.7 sec
Max speed
310 km/h
Max power
530 HP
Traction
RWD
Starting from SR 638,000
GranTurismo
GranTurismo

GranTurismo Sport

2020
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
4691 cc
Acceleration
4.8 sec
Max speed
299 km/h
Max power
460 HP
Traction
RWD
Starting from SR 508,000

GranTurismo MC

2020
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
4691 cc
Acceleration
4.7 sec
Max speed
301 km/h
Max power
460 HP
Traction
RWD
Starting from SR 588,500
GranCabrio
GranCabrio

GranCabrio Sport

2020
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
4691 cc
Acceleration
5.0 sec
Max speed
288 km/h
Max power
460 HP
Traction
RWD
Starting from SR 570,000

GranCabrio MC

2020
Engine Layout
V8
Displacement
4691 cc
Acceleration
4.9 sec
Max speed
291 km/h
Max power
460 HP
Traction
RWD
Starting from SR 623,500
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