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Throwback Thursday: Maserati Quattroporte

Have you ever heard of the saying: “do few things and do them well.” Well, Maserati seems to be doing exactly that. Maserati may not have many vehicles in its lineup – however, the ones they do, they build extremely well.

Take the Maserati Quattroporte for example. The large powerful sedan has been in production since 1963 and each following generation has been better and more powerful than the previous. The Quattroporte came into existence at the 1963 Turin Motor Show followed by a very limited production run. The first Maserati Quattroporte eventually went into regular production in 1964 and instantaneously became one of the most sought after luxury sedans.

The current sixth-generation Maserati Quattroporte was introduced in early 2013 and is considerably larger than any of its predecessors. One might wonder why but there is a very good reason for that. The new Maserati Quattroporte had to make way for the mid-size Ghibli sedan so it had to differentiate itself by increasing in size. Now, the new Quattroporte is packed with luxury and technology for the elite shoppers of the brand.

In today’s Throwback Thursday – we take a look at how far the Maserati Quattroporte has come from its 1963 days to 2015. Since the Maserati Quattroporte was originally available only with a V8 engine, we are going to compare the 1963 model with the 2015 Quattroporte GTS (you can get the standard Quattroporte with a V6 these days).

1963 Maserati Quattroporte

1963 Maserati Quattroporte

Engine:4.1 liter V8 making 256-hp and 273 lb-ft of torque
Transmission:5-speed manual; 3-speed automatic
0 to 60 mph:8 seconds
Top speed:143 mph (130 mph governed)
Fuel-economy:13.5 mpg combined
Curb weight:3,874 lbs.
Base price:$15,000

2015 Maserati Quattroporte

2015 Maserati Quattroporte GTS

Engine:3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 making 523-hp and 524 lb-ft of torque
Transmission:8-speed automatic
0 to 60 mph:4.6 seconds.
Top speed:190 mph
Fuel-economy:16 mpg combined
Curb weight:4,495 lbs.
Base price:$140,500

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