2009 Maserati Quattroporte on sale in Dubai
While we get no official love from Maserati’s GCC reps in terms of test cars, we can report that the facelifted 2009 Maserati Quattroporte is now on sale at dealerships in Dubai and the UAE, as newspaper ads for the car appear on a regular basis. The current range includes the standard Quattroporte as well as the Quattroporte S, while a new Quattroporte Sport GT S will debut at the upcoming 2009 Detroit Auto Show and soon join the GCC line-up next year.
The facelift for 2009 includes a nose that is slightly longer, and incorporates a new grille as well as a reshaped bumper. The base Quattroporte comes with the existing 400 hp 4.2-litre V8, while the chrome-grilled Quattroporte S comes with a 430 hp 4.7-litre V8. Both come with a 6-speed automatic now, dumping last year’s problematic automanual. Other features include new HID headlights with LED lighting, new tail lamps, various new leather and wood choices, new instrument cluster, reshaped seats, new multi-function steering wheel, and a new Bose multimedia system with navigation.
The upcoming new Quattroporte Sport GT S is being launched on the anniversary of their first long-forgotten Indianapolis 500 race win 70 years ago. To celebrate this non-significant event, the Sport GT S gets a recalibrated 433 hp 4.7-litre V8, thanks to ECU tuning and a noisier exhaust system that adds a massive 3 hp over the standard S. The automatic gets revised shift points, while the suspension gets stiffer spring rates and the shocks are now fixed instead of variable, both contributing to a lower ride height. The cabin boasts new ‘M-design’ seats with perforated alcantara and leather upholstery, while the standard trim in Titantex, a “titanium coloured” composite material.
Prices are high for the Italian luxury-sport sedan, starting at more than Dhs 550,000 in Dubai, and should touch Dhs 700,000 at the top end once the Sport GT S debuts.