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Last update: 11/20/05
Section 1: Picture and History
The fourth Quattroporte by Maserati, designed by Gandini was released initially in Italy in 1994. At first in 2 liter form with the V6 producing 287 bhp @ 6500 rpm and followed in the same year by the 2.8 liter V6 (284 bhp). The 3.2 liter V8 Quattroporte (336 bhp) was released the following year in 1995. All three version continued in production until the end of the 1997 when the factory was closed for refurbishing by the new owner (Ferrari). Following the factory opening in May, 1998 the Quattroporte models that followed thereafter were labeled the 'Evoluzione' versions that includes more that 480 changes.
The Maserati Quattroporte IV has been designed and built for an elite clientele (i don't consider myself to be part of the elite, just different budget use=) with a preference for convenient access and a comfortable, spacious four-door saloon. Its aerodynamics are good enough for an outstanding 0.31 Cd and the high-bustle tail means a lot of Samsonites can follow you down the "autostrada" at a very high rate of speed (270 Kph =). Rivals are BMW 540i and Jaguar XJR.
Everything about the Quattroporte IV combines to create an ambience whose hallmark is elegance and enjoyment. An appreciation that stems from a rich array of fittings; dash in leather and burr elm; seats in Connolly leather; automatic ventilation and air conditioning system; height adjustable steering wheel; electric wing mirrors; central door locking; 3-point height adjustable safety belts with pretension system; rear 3-point safety belts with automatic rewind plus central lap belt; height & position adjustable power seats with adjustable lumbar support; adjustable front head-rests; rear sunshades; car stereo.
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In attaining the expected high level of performance and maneuverability, the Quattroporte has a 2790cc, V6 engine delivering 209kW (284HP) at 6000rpm, with maximum torque of 413Nm (42.1kgm) at 3500rpm. Mine is just like that !. Also available in 2.0 L with 287 HP.
There is also a 3217cc version, V8 engine (very close to the Shamal one) delivering 247kW (335HP) at 6400rpm and 450Nm (45.8kgm) of torque at 4400rpm. Both engines have 4 valves per cylinder and 2 overhead camshafts for each row of cylinders. Performance is enhanced by twin turbochargers (IHI water cooled) combined with dual air-to-air intercoolers. The Quattroporte engine also features dual catalytic converter, light-alloy crankcase and cylinder heads, electronic injection, ABS and ignition.
The first cars had leather all around the climate control. The first modified cars had all wood around the climate control.
Only 3 (2-litre) right-hand drive models produced between 1995 and 1996
The Evoluzione version had a different steering wheel and ext temp under the stereo.
This Quattroporte achieves an admirable balance between sporting poise and luxury-car comfort. Let's see in 2003 what the fifth version will offer.
Section 2: Specifications
Section 3: Tips and Tricks
Section 4 Technical
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