2013 Maserati Quattroporte: Quattro Means Four And Porte Means Doors

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If you want a gigantic luxury sedan with V8 power and a performance pedigree, you have a pretty good range of cars from which to choose.

But if you want a very literally named one from Italy, you basically have one choice: The Maserati Quattroporte. And now there's a new one.

The 2013 car is bigger, longer, faster, and more powerful than the car it replaces and eschews natural aspiration for a duo of turbocharged engines. A new 3.8 liter turbo V8 has 530 horsepower and 542 pound feet of torque. Not too shabby.

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An entry level 3.0 liter turbo V6 is also joining the fray. The base engine has 410 horsepower and 406 pound feet of torque. This seems like the engine to get. Fuel economy will be better, and it gets to 60 just 0.2 slower than the V8. No word on if the exhaust note of the V6 can still induce immediate orgasms.

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This is all connected to an eight speed automatic. The V6 can even be all-wheel drive.

It's still pretty, but the growth in size has gotten rid of a little of the elegance that the last car so thoroughly enjoyed. I still like it, just not as much.

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People have been testing the Quattroporte already. It sounds like it's pretty good but not perfect.

In other words, it's still a Maserati.

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LandofMinos
LandofMinos: ...sent down to strike the unroadworthy!

Can someone from Maserati or a knowledgeable sort explain the following to me?

I was told that Maserati use a V8 sourced from Ferrari. Now the Ferrari V8 uses a flat-plane crankshaft (pictured) rather than a traditional cross-plane crankshaft like a regular V8. This gives the Ferrari's V8 a 'twin four cylinder' sound like a motorcycle engine (a bloody awful noise IMHFO)...

But when I hear the Maserati, it sounds like a traditional cross-plane V8. I assumed that Maser must've modified the Ferrari V8 to accept a cross plane crank. Which is difficult because a flat-plane crank V8 lacks space in the crank case (because there's no need for space for crankshaft counter-weights) and they also lack rotational balance that require a separate balance shaft to compensate.

I asked a Maserati mechanic who buys seals off me. He tells me that the Maserati V8 and Ferrari V8 are identical. The Maser sounds more like a traditional V8 because it has longer exhaust than the Ferrari (Maser has it's engine in the front, the Fezza is mid engined)... That bullshit doesn't wash with me. The Maser has a distinct V8 sound, there's no way it has a flat plane crank. Does anyone here know?