'M156' and 'M157' will solve Quattroporte's market positioning
Not the new Quattroporte...
Maserati's next generation of saloon offerings will not be a direct replacement for the Quattroporte, it seems, as the company diversifies its four-door range to chase after a much larger slice of the luxury saloon market.
The answer, apparently, is that the current Quattroporte sits awkwardly in the saloon car market - too large to be considered a focused driver's car, too small and sporty to work as a chauffeur-driven Limo.
Thus, the new Quattroporte (M156) will be a significantly larger car, aimed at the likes of the long-wheelbase S-class and its ilk, while the 'baby' Quattroporte (M157) will be a more driver-focused choice.
According to industry website Automotive News, the bigger car will use a version of the Ferrari-built 4.7-litre V8, with direct injection and 475bhp, coupled to an 8-speed auto. It will also be priced between 125,000 euros and 150,000 euros.
The smaller M157, meanwhile, will be 5-series-sized and will use a high-end version of Chrysler's Pentastar V6, with around 400bhp. There will also be a diesel version using the VM Motori V6, a version of which currently serves in the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Interestingly, AN says that the baby Quattroporte, which is scheduled to be launched next year, was originally slated to be a flagship Alfa Romeo, but that Fiat Group's management reckoned that the Maserati name would endow the car with more kudos (and no doubt a higher price tag).
Both saloons are set to be built at the Officine Automobilistiche Grugliasco (OAG), which was formerly the Carrozzeria Bertone and was bought by the Fiat Group back in 2009.
A Maserati with a Chrysler engine will not IMHO be a Maserati, with Ferrari now offering free servicing on it's engines surely Maserati could offer a proper engine that isn't going to cost the earth to service without resorting to this?
PaulFontaine29 Jul 2011
Except now Maserati's pretty much have Ferrari engines and a lot of parts sharing with them as well
Lowtimer29 Jul 2011
I don't mind the American-engined Italian styled cars, in fact I drive one, but to my ears no Maserati V8 ever sounded like an American push-rod V8. The traditional old school Maserati V8s had chain or in some cases gear driven overhead cams resulting in more of a howl at higher revs.
Some differences to be sure, but with its low revving nature (5500 rpm redline) and two-plane crank giving the traditional whoofly sound, the Maser V8 was *very* much more American sounding than, say the high-revving flat-plane crank Ferrari V8.
Futuramic29 Jul 2011
That's a Chrysler with a Maserati engine, Le Baron something or other special edition, now they're doing it the other way round. It could be the Nissan Cherry Europe for the 21st Century. What a fantastic idea.