Maserati Australia has added a 3.0 litre turbo diesel engine to the Quattroporte, bringing the price of entry to the large sedan range to $198,800, before on-road costs.
That's over $40k less than the twin-turbo V6 Quattroporte S, though Maserati expects only 10 percent of Quattroporte buyers to opt for the diesel.
The Quattroporte Turbo Diesel's 3.0 litre single-turbo diesel V6 produces 202kW and 600Nm, and is the same unit as used in the Quattroporte's smaller sibling, the Ghibli. An eight-speed automatic is the sole transmission available.
Performance is reasonably brisk, with the Quattroporte Turbo Diesel hitting 100km/h in 6.4 seconds.
That's still some distance off the 5.1 second 0-100km/h time of the Quattroporte S though, not to mention the 4.7 second sprint time of the twin-turbo V8 Quattroporte GTS.
But it sips just 6.2 l/100km on the combined cycle, and Maserati claims the car's active exhaust system accentuates "the engine’s most distinctive tones and modulates them according to the way the car is being driven".
In other words, it shouldn't sound like your average diesel.
It also won't look all that different to the petrol-powered Quattroportes.
The interior is identical and features the same high-end sat nav, built-in wifi and other luxuries as offered in the other models, while the only external changes are to the 19-inch alloy wheel designs and exhaust tips.
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