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by Tim Beissmann

The Maserati Quattroporte diesel has become the brand’s first sub-$200K luxury limousine in 15 years.

Priced at $198,800, the new 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel variant is the most affordable model to wear the Quattroporte badge since the 1999 Quattroporte 2.8-litre V6 turbo petrol manual, which cost $189,000.

More significantly, it represents a reduction of more than $40,000 of the sixth-generation Maserati Quattroporte’s starting price, slotting beneath the $240,000 Quattroporte S twin-turbo V6 and the flagship $319,800 Quattroporte GTS twin-turbo V8.

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The Quattroporte diesel’s V6 engine is identical to the one fitted to the smaller Ghibli sedan. Producing 202kW of power at 4000rpm and 600Nm of torque between 2000-2600rpm, the Quattroporte diesel claims a 0-100km/h sprint of 6.4 seconds and combined cycle fuel consumption of 6.2 litres per 100km, making it 1.3sec slower but more than 40 per cent more efficient than the 301kW/550Nm Quattroporte S.

As with the petrol variants, an eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to the Quattroporte diesel’s rear wheels.

Despite its sharp pricing and economy, Maserati expects the diesel to account for just 10 per cent of sales in Australia, with the S V6 to dominate with a 65 per cent share followed by the GTS V8 at 25 per cent.

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The Italian luxury car maker says the fitment of ‘Maserati Active Sound’ technology gives the Quattroporte diesel a “characteristic Maserati sound” that is sporting and can be varied at the touch of a button. Two sound actuators fitted near the tailpipes claim to accentuate the engine’s most distinctive tones and modulate them according to the way the car is driven, with a Sport button creating more resonant tones.

The Maserati Quattroporte diesel is equipped almost identically to the Quattroporte S, lacking only its standard sunroof (optional in diesel) and optional coloured brake calipers (black is standard).

Standard features include 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, front and rear parking sensors, reverse-view camera, active cruise control, dual-zone climate control, 12-way adjustable heated front seats, aluminium gearshift paddles, and a 10-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, navigation, DVD player, SD card reader, USB input and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming.




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