However, the vehicle’s 4.7 liter naturally aspirated V8 unit delivering 430 hp and 490 Nm of torque never managed to offer the vehicle a top spot in the “go-fast” hierarchy, with the German rivals coming from M, AMG and Quattro always leaving the Italian car behind in terms of performance.
Maserati plans to take the model on a new pathway, with the next generation being set to offer a lightweight construction and all-wheel-drive. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the vehicle will offer superior performance. We will have to wait and see...
But why wait until 2014 (the expected release date) when the current incarnation of the Quattroporte has just received a set of extra muscle from Novitec's Maserati dedicated arm, Novitec Tridente.
The tuner offers a complete modification package aimed at sharpening the Italian saloon. The vehicle’s V8 powerplant has received a cogged-belt-driven supercharger (maximum boost pressure of 0.35 bar), a water-to-air intercooler, a custom intake manifold and larger injectors, as well as an ECU remap. All the mods have increased the unit’s output to 590 hp and 572 Nm of torque.
The car can now sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.6 seconds and reach 124 mph (200 kmh) in 14.9 seconds, while offering a top speed of 183 mph (295 km/h).
To cope with all the power, the vehicle has been fitted with a height-adjustable coilover suspension and custom tree-piece 21 inch alloy rims that use 255/30 tires for the rear axle and 295/30 for the rear one.
The tuner also offers a rear spoiler lip made from clear-coated carbon fiber and multiple interior modifications.