2015 Maserati Ghibli, Quattroporte Q4 AWD in UAE
The Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte, equipped with their first ever all-wheel-drive system – Q4 – have arrived at Al Tayer Motors and Premier Motors showrooms in the UAE.
The system is available on Maserati’s four-door sedan models, the Quattroporte and Ghibli, as the top-of-the-line S Q4 variant. The S Q4 accelerates the Quattroporte and Ghibli from 0-100 kph in just 4.9 and 4.8 seconds – faster than their rear-wheel drive counterparts – up to a top speed of 283 kph and 284 kph.
The Quattroporte S Q4 retails at a starting price of AED 455,000, while the Ghibli S Q4 starts at AED 329,000. The price for both cars includes three years unlimited mileage warranty, and a three years or 60,000 kilometre service contract.
In normal driving conditions, the system provides 100% of the engine torque to the rear wheels; this also to optimize fuel consumption and emissions. In low grip driving conditions, such as slippery or loose road surfaces, or in case of loss of grip at the rear axle, for example during acceleration from zero or at very high cornering speeds, the system reacts instantaneously, transferring the necessary traction to the front wheels.
In 150 milliseconds, the Q4 system is capable of altering the torque split from 100% rear wheel drive to equal 50%-50% distribution between the front and rear wheels.
A monitoring system is integrated in the 7-inch cluster display which visualises the front to rear distribution in real time. The system architecture is based on an electronically controlled multi-plate wet clutch, installed into a transfer case linked by a drive shaft to the front axle.
While driving, a sophisticated algorithm specifically developed by Maserati, is capable of monitoring in real time an extensive range of dynamic vehicle parameters (wheel slip, steering and yaw angle, power output, speed, braking action, ESP) as well as wheel grip vs driving style.
Along with UAE, the Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte AWD drive models should also be available in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other GCC countries.
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