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by Tim Beissmann

The all-new Maserati Quattroporte range will become more accessible from next month when an entry-level twin-turbocharged V6 variant joins the flagship V8.

On sale from late February, the Maserati Quattroporte S will cost $240,000 – making it $79,800 cheaper than the eight-cylinder Quattroporte GTS that launches locally today, and the most affordable Quattroporte in more than a decade.

The Maserati Quattroporte S is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 that produces 301kW at 5500rpm and 550Nm from 1750-5000rpm. Assembled by Ferrari at its Maranello factory, the direct-injection V6 propels the Quattroporte S from 0-100km/h in 5.1 seconds, matching the performance of the previous-generation 4.7-litre V8-powered Quattroporte GTS MC Sportline. The V6 accelerates on to a top speed of 285km/h.

The Quattroporte S is also the most efficient model in the nameplate’s history, claiming combined cycle fuel consumption of 10.4 litres per 100km – representing a 30 per cent reduction from the most economical variant in the old range, the 4.2-litre V8.

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The sixth-generation Maserati Quattroporte is new from the ground up, featuring a new steel and aluminium body, new ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, new suspension and brakes, and a entirely new interior – all of which are put together in a brand new factory near Turin.

The Quattroporte S shares much of its specification with the pricier GTS. Unique to the S are smaller 19-inch alloy wheels, smaller brakes (the GTS gets larger Brembos), and different leather upholstery with a vertical rib pattern.

Included in the luxury sedan’s standard specification are adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and tail-lights, adaptive cruise control, rear-view camera and front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, 10-speaker audio system, and an 8.4-inch Maserati Control Touch central display with navigation, AUX/USB/SD card inputs, DVD player and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming.

Maserati expects the Quattroporte S to become the most popular version of its all-new large luxury sports sedan in Australia.

CarAdvice is at the Australian launch of the Maserati Quattroporte GTS in Sydney today. Stay tuned for our review, coming soon.




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