2014 Maserati Quattroporte revealed in leaked patent drawings

2014 Maserati Quattroporte leaked patent drawings frontA new Maserati Quattroporte is coming soon, and it will apparently retain the current car’s sleek styling. Alleged patent drawings leaked by AutoWeek.nl give an idea of what the big sedan will look like.

The overall shape, including the roofline and the bulge that begins in the rear door and runs across the rear fender, seem to be taken from the current Quattroporte. The new car will also retain Maserati’s signature side vents.

The major changes occur at the front and rear. The grille and headlights are much more aggressive than the outgoing Quattroporte’s. They appear to be taken from the upcoming Kubang SUV and the current GranTurismo coupe. This will give all three Maseratis a “family look” that can easily be identified with the brand.

Maserati appears to have taken a similar approach with the rear end styling. The current Quattroporte’s vertical taillights will be replaced with horizontal ones that echo the GranTurismo’s. The rear decklid curls up into a small spoiler to give the car a sportier look. The prominent exhaust outlets hint at the power under the hood.

2014 Maserati Quattroporte leaked patent drawings overhead viewWhat exactly will be under that hood is unknown. The current Quattroporte has a 4.7-liter V8, with 433 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque in top Sport GT S trim. The only transmission is a six-speed automatic with manual shift mode.

Despite weighing over 4,000 pounds, a Quattroporte Sport GT S can do 0 to 62 mph (0-100 kph) in 5.1 seconds, and hit a top speed of 177 mph. Maserati pushed the same engine to 460 hp in the GranTurismo Sport, so a more powerful four-door isn’t out of the question.

Maserati has been talking about making its cars more affordable to attract more sales. 2014 Maserati Quattroporte leaked patent drawings rearThat’s why the Kubang will be sold with a diesel engine, in addition to the standard V8. The Italian company could conceivably do the same with the Quattroporte and offer a smaller engine in a base model.

The name “Quattroporte” literally means “four-door” in Italian; the new model will be the sixth generation of the line. The current car is a sportier alternative to big luxury sedans like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and competes against “four-door coupes” like the Aston Martin Rapide and Porsche Panamera.

That car has been on sale since 2005 with minimal changes, so it’s definitely time for an update. The new Quattroporte will make its official debut at the 2013 Detroit auto show as a 2014 model.

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