The new Quattroporte maintains those Maserati staples that would be missed if they were to disappear – the toothy trident-branded grille and triple side vents, for instance. However, the new sedan takes some strides away from the old one in terms of its headlights and front fascia, taillights, strong belt line and triple-pane side windows. The car's extra length also makes a visual impression.
The updated sedan will feature new engines, including a new V8. Maserati has yet to detail the specifics outside of teasing that it will get more powerful and more efficient.
The current-generation Quattraporte line uses 4.2- and 4.7-liter V8 engines. The 2013 U.S.-market Quattroporte S is equipped with a 425-hp 4.7-liter V8 that inspires a 5.3-second dash to 60 mph (100 km/h) and a 174-mph (280-km/h) top speed. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the combination of 4.7-liter V8 and six-speed automatic gives the 2013 Quattroporte 12 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.
The picture of the rear license plate provides a "subtle" hint that the 2014 model will leap to 530 hp.
"The innovative Maserati engines of the all-new Maserati Quattroporte have been designed and developed by Maserati and Ferrari engineers in the heart of Italy’s motor valley," says Maserati powertrain director Paolo Martinelli. "They are going to be produced in the Ferrari plant in Maranello that has been synonymous with cutting-edge technology and passion for well over 60 years."
Maserati hopes the new Quattroporte will contribute to its goal of selling 50,000 models annually by 2015. We'll find out more details in January. In the meantime, enjoy a first look at the interior and exterior of the sporty sedan.