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    Quattroporte IV Evoluzione. When Ferrari took over control of Maserati in July , one of the main objectives was to radically improve the quality of the.

    The fourth generation of the Maserati Quattroporte was presented at the With respect to the first generations of the Quattroporte, the Quattroporte IV is very.

    The V6 four-wheel drive Q4 drivetrain is the same as that in the Ghibli. Need to remove drive train, exhaust system and gearbox. We use cookies to enhance your experience. Change the Country above or choose another model. Now, a newer and even sportier supercar makers are getting involved.

    Quattroporte IV

    We use cookies to enhance your experience. By continuing to visit this site you agree to our use of cookies. Marcello Gandini had come up with a design far more lithe, sinewy and compact than any of its predecessors. Taut and elegant from any angle, it was also the most aerodynamic. The kicked-up rear wheelarch is to Gandini what the double-bubble roof is to Zagato — a stylistic calling-card which, for my money, looks better on his more extreme machines such as the Lancia Stratos Zero, or the Lamborghinis Countach, Bravo and Diablo.

    We have also gone, at a stroke, from the largest Quattroporte to the smallest. And to the quickest, by far — up to that point. Both of the versions offered initially in the new QP — even the Italian market-only 2. And they had well over kg less to pull.

    In fact, the well-boosted two-litre version trumped the alternative 2. And those who felt that this demanded no fewer than eight pots were well catered for by the 3. With bhp to play with the QPIV really could rock — sub-six seconds and mph were well up with the best of the German autobahn-burners.

    With production disrupted, the opportunity was taken to completely re-vamp the QP — although the major mechanical components were untouched — and re-introduce it, in , alongside the new GT.

    When the last of them rolled off the line our test car was five years old. The general ambience is one of impeccably tasteful, if slightly decadent, luxury.

    They stretch with disconcerting ease, too, the wild surge of acceleration something of a shock initially, after all the pootling about. The two IHIs go about their business with no detectable lag, and the svelte saloon turns almost feral. And no QP ever went like this before — the V8 being significantly quicker still, of course.

    In Drive, the natural change-up point is around 5k, but taking over and changing manually brings about a transformation. All in all, not half bad for a once-round-the-clock workhorse. So why did the QPIV not perform equally well in the showroom? The big breakthrough, though, would come with its successor — a car of sufficient quality in every area finally to challenge the Anglo-Saxon super-saloon hegemony.

    Words by Simon Park and pictures courtesy of Michael Ward.

    Jeremy Clarkson is driving Maserati Quattroporte 4gen (AM337) in classic old top gear

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