Another not to be missed first timer at this year?s Melbourne Motor Show will be the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT-S, in fact Melbourne will be the first time that this new Maserati is seen in Australia.
Due to go on sale in Australia and New Zealand soon after the show, and with Quattroporte sales on the rise, the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT-S is expected to be a sell out.
The Quattroporte Sport GT-S sees the introduction of single-rate dampers and a new ?racing? set up that sees the Sport GT-S sit 10mm lower at the front and 25mm at the rear, and also features new, stiffer springs and dampers. Maserati say that the lower ride height and greater rigidity in the suspension system, have led to a noticeable reduction in weight transfer and also to a slight increase in lateral acceleration.
In everyday driving, this translates into limited body movements, with significant improvements in terms of agility, as well as travel speed through and traction coming out of curves. The result is a car that feels very much like a coup? to drive.
The Quattroporte Sport GT-S also features a unique braking system, developed in collaboration with Brembo. This innovative system uses composite dual-cast discs, the first time such a set up has been employed on a road car.
Unlike traditional cast iron discs, dual-cast discs are made of two materials, cast iron and aluminium, providing greater resistance to fade even at the highest temperatures. The dual-cast disc consists of a cast iron braking surface and an aluminium hat, making it possible to combine the advantages of heat-resistance provided by cast iron with the lightweight properties of aluminium. The new discs work in combination with new mono-block, six-piston front brake calipers.
The Sport GT-S?s tyres have been developed especially for this car (front 245/35-R20 and rear 295/30-R20). The larger rear tyres aid in keeping the 298kW/400hp produced by the Maserati?s V8 in check.
The Quattroporte Sport GT-S?s exterior, is distinguished by a more aggressive black-chrome mesh front grille - a characteristic element of sporty Maseratis. The side window trims and the two double exhaust pipes are also in black, whilst door handles are in the same color as the body of the car.
Filling the Quattroporte Sport GT-S wheel wells in an appropriate manner are dark-chrome 20", seven spoke alloy wheels.
Carbon-fiber and aluminium are a feature of the GT-S?s more purposeful interior along with plenty of traditional Poltrona Frau leather and Alcantara, which covers the central sections of the seats, the door panels and the rim of the steering wheel.
The front seats offer an advanced level of lateral support and are distinguished by the new design of the seat and backrest. Thanks to a more cosseting shape, they ensure an excellent level of comfort as well as support for the upper body and legs in sporty driving.
There Quattroporte Sport GT-S is available in five colours, Beige, Pearl Beige, Grigio-Gray, Nero-Black, and Blu Trofeo. Prices and full specifications will be announced at this year?s Melbourne Motor Show, starting on the 29th of February.