Plenty of cool cars made their official debuts at the North American International Auto Show this week, but perhaps none were as classically beautiful as the 2013 Maserati Quattroporte.
Of course, we should expect nothing less of Maserati, maker of exquisite and opulent vehicles that stun the senses and emit euphonic exhaust notes. The 2013 Quattroporte does not break from that mold, pairing two twin-turbocharged engine choices with one of the most sensual exterior designs on this side of the 1960s.
The four-door sports sedan has grown both larger and lighter for this new generation, which will help the 2013 Quattroporte reach 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds while achieving 20-percent better fuel consumption than its predecessor. It also promises to be nimble on the twisties, with a 50-50 weight distribution and eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
Available for the first time is the new Q4 system, which redistributes torque from rear-wheel drive to 50-50 front-rear power when hard cornering requires more traction. Considering the two engines available for the 2013 Maserati Quattroporte – a 3.0L V6 and 3.6L V8 – you may find yourself trying to test the boundaries quite often.
Stay tuned for much more coverage from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.