Colin-on-Cars – Maserati flying the flag

You do not have to be Italian to appreciate the new additions to the Maserati Trofeo family, but it helps as the launch models are being made available in the colours of the flag.

The success of the brutal Levante Trofeo paved a logical route for expansion and this has now happened with the launch of of the new Quattroporte and Ghibli Trofeo – green for Quattroporte, white for Levante and red for Ghibli, which combine with the burnished chrome-work and glossy red trims for a particularly aggressive and elegant look.

The heart of Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo is the 3,8-litre V8 Twin Turbo engine with power output of 433 kW at 6 250 r/min and peak torque of 730 Nm.

Maserati Ghibli

The engine is built at the Ferrari plant at Maranello to Maserati’s specifications and has been modified and developed to deliver equally impressive performances on the rear-engine sedans.

Although completely new for Ghibli, the V8 engine has already been used in the past on Quattroporte GTS, in the 395 kW version. Today the 433 kW V8 engine is available on the new Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante* Trofeo, in full compliance with fuel efficiency and emissions standards.

Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo can proudly claim to be the fastest Maserati sedans ever, with a top speed of 326 km/h. Levante Trofeo’s maximum speed is 302 km/h.

Like Levante Trofeo, the new Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo also incorporate the Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system, with a specific setup that enhances driving dynamics and has greater active safety.

Maserati Quattroporte

The sedans have the Corsa button that sets the car for an even sportier driving style and Launch Control, a function that first appeared on Levante Trofeo.

Styling tweaks include the front grille with twin vertical bars in Black Piano finish and the introduction of carbon fibre on the front air duct trims and rear extractor.

The whole Trofeo collection is distinguished by the red details that characterise the bottom profiles of the side air vents and the lightning bolt on the Trident badge on the C-pillars. There are major changes at the rear of the car, where the light clusters have been completely restyled, with a boomerang-like profile inspired by the 3200 GT and the Alfieri concept car.

In terms of the Ghibli Trofeo, the bonnet has also been restyled, featuring two aggressive air ducts for better cooling, just like on Levante Trofeo.

Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo are fitted with 21-inch aluminium Orione wheels with 22-inch Orione wheels available on Levante Trofeo.

Inside is a new on-board panel that displays an exclusive interface at switch-on, while the headrests bear the Trofeo badge with the name in three-dimensional relief. The exclusivity also extends to the interior upholstery, in full-grain Pieno Fiore natural leather.

Maserati Levante Trofeo

Engine LayoutPetrol 90° V8, twin-turbo – direct injection (GDI)Petrol 90° V8, twin-turbo – direct injection (GDI)                             Petrol 90° V8, twin-turbo – direct injection (GDI)
Displacement (cc)3,7993,7993,799
Max. power output (hp @ rpm)580@ 6,250 (Europe; North America; Korea; China; Japan; India) 590@ 6,250 (other markets)580 @ 6,750 (433 kW)580 @ 6,750 (433 kW)
Peak torque (Nm @ rpm)730 @ 2.500 – 5,000730@ 2.250-5.250730@ 2,250– 5,250
Fuel Consumption WLTC 13.2-13.712.3-12.612.2-12.5
0-100 km/h (sec)4.1 (Europe; North America; Korea; China; Japan; India)   3.9 (other markets)4.34.5
Top speed (km/h)302 km/h (Europe; North America; Korea; China; Japan; India) 304 km/h (other markets)326326
100-0 km/h (m)34.534.034.0
GearboxZF eight-speed automatic
TransmissionQ4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive with rear Limited-Slip DifferentialRear-wheel drive with rear limited slip self-locking mechanical differentialRear-wheel drive with self-locking differential
Front SuspensionDouble-wishbone, adjustable Air Springs, Skyhook shock absorbersDouble-wishbone, Skyhook shock absorbers, anti-roll barDouble-wishbone, Skyhook shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear SuspensionMulti-Link, adjustable Air Springs, Skyhook shock absorbersMulti-Link, Skyhook shock absorbers, anti-roll barMulti-Link, Skyhook shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Length/width/height (mm)5,003 / 1,968 / 1,6794,971 / 1,945 / 1,4615,262 / 1,948 / 1,481
Wheelbase (mm)3,0042,9983,171
Kerb Weight (kg)2,1701,9692,000

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