2013 Maserati Quattroporte unveiled before official debut in Detroit

The new Quattroporte is the first of three new models that Maserati hopes will increase its sales to around 50,000 annually by 2015. The new Quattroporte sedan you see here will debut at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show in January and go on sale in Australia in the third quarter of 2013.

Update (April 9, 2013): we’ve (finally) added details about the Quattroporte’s drivetrain.

Powering the new Quattroporte is your choice of either a 3-litre twin-turbo V6 or a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8. The V6 has 301kW of power and 550Nm of torque at its disposal allowing it to race from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 285km/h. The twin-turbo V8, however, has 390kW of power and 710Nm of torque. Surprisingly it’s not that much quicker from 0 to 100km/h (4.7 seconds, if you’re curious), but it can hit a top speed of 307km/h (191mph).

On the inside the new Quattroporte features a Wi-Fi hotspot, 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system mated to a large 8.4-inch touchscreen entertainment and navigation interface; the only physical buttons for the system are a volume/power knob and on the other side of the screen a jog switch with a return key. The only other physical controls in the cabin that we can see are steering wheel audio controls, climate control system and a suite drivetrain buttons next to the automatic gear lever. The instruments are physical dials which sandwich a large LCD screen.

While the new car shares many of the same design cues as its predecessor, it looks longer, as evidenced by the need for a third window on each side. This growth will allow Maserati to debut a new slightly smaller sedan to tackle the 5-Series/E-Class/A6 end of the market. The company is also planning to launch its first SUV in the near future.

We’ll keep you posted as more details are revealed.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]