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Maserati will build a slightly down-market, mainstream executive car based on the Alfa Romeo 159, according to the UK's Autocar. The middle-market mini Quattroporte would be a first product of the new corporate closeness, within Fiat Group, of Alfa and Maserati, which was recently dislodged from under Ferrari's aegis. It'll get an all-wheel-drive layout and, according to rumor, a modified 4.6-liter Northstar V8, sourced from GM, that will produce around 300hp. Expected for 2008, the A6-sized entry will replace Alfa's 166, and likely cause some Maserati fanatics to cry blasphemy. We'll be singing a few verses of "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" in honor of the matchup.

Quattroporte to spawn a sporty exec's car [PistonHeads]

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