Italy’s automotive heritage shine strong with Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati. The latter has released two new models that add extra sharpness to their already potent bite. The Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo and Maserati Ghibli Trofeo were unveiled recently, and carry some of their fellow Italian marque’s DNA.
To be built at the Avvocato Giovanni Agnelli Plant (AGAP) at Grugliasco (Turin), the Quattroporte and Ghibli Trofeos are powered by a Ferrari-sourced 3.8L V8 with twin turbos. Peak power is 580bhp or 433kW, with torque a not indecent 538ft-lb or 730Nm. The engines are built to Maserati’s exacting guidelines at Ferrari’s Maranello plant. Even with stringent emissions regulations, the engines will power the pair to a top speed of 326kph, or 202mph. 0-62mph/100kbp is 4.3 to 4.5 seconds.
Ensuring the cars stay where they should be is the IVC, the Integrated Vehicle Control. Complete with a choice of four drive modes, (Normal, ICE, Sport and Corsa or ‘race’ in Italian), and the last setting placing the suspension, exhaust, stability control and gearbox response into battle mode and unlocking launch control, a standard feature for the pair, the IVC brings for the driver that extra level of driving dynamics, a higher level of active safety, and, of course, all out performance. Both are underpinned by a double-wishbone, Skyhook adaptive shock absorbers, anti-roll bar front, with the rear a multi-link, Skyhook shock absorbers, anti-roll bar package.
To highlight Maserati’s all-Italian identity, the colours chosen for the Trofeo collection launch are those of the country’s flag: green for Quattroporte, white for Levante (the company’s SUV), and red for Ghibli, which combine with the burnished chrome-work and glossy red trims for a particularly aggressive and elegant look.
Bespoke exterior styling highlights have Black Piano finish twin vertical bars in the grille, carbon fiber treatment on the front air ducts and rear valance extractor, and 21 inch aluminum Orione wheels. Black is the colour for the standard fitment on the Quattroporte Trofeo whilst these are body-coloured on the Ghibli Trofeo. Red highlights are found on the bottom sections of the side mounted air vents, and the lightning bolt that adorns the Trident badge located on the C-pillars.
Maserati’s signature boomerang rear lights have been reprofiled, as has the bonnet, with a pair of aggressively styled air ducts for feeding cooling air to the engine bay. The aero work adds and detracts zero from the drag co-efficients, with the Ghibli (0.29cD) and Quattroporte (0.28cD) equaling the “normal” versions.
Pirelli P Zero or Continental SportContact tyres are the choices of rubber for the 21 inch wheels which hide performance brakes with red, blue, black or silver contrasting calipers capable of bringing the four-door Trofeo duo to a halt from 100km/h in just 34.0 metres.
The driver’s office space has new looks and feels, with full-grain Pieno Fiore natural leather for the upholstery, Trofep badging in the seat headrests, and a display panel with a Maserati Trofeo exclusive interface when the Start button is pressed. Driver assistance is found in the form of MIA, Maserati Intelligent Assistant, via an enlarged 10.1 inch multi-information touchscreen. Level 2 autonomous driver assistance is standard in the shape of stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, AEB, forward collision alert, lane-keep assist, traffic sign recognition and a 360-degree camera.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring are standard for the pair, along with Amazon Alexa voice assistant functionality. When not listening to the Ferrari-sourced soundtrack, a Harman Kardon 10 speaker or B&W 15 speaker audio system will play the passengers’ chosen tunes in high fidelity audio.
Owner assistance comes with the Maserati Connect smartphone app which gives the owners the ability to monitor key vehicle systems and keep track of when the next service is due.
Contact your Maserati dealership for local pricing and expected release dates.