Maserati Qatar, represented by Alfardan Sports Motors, announced the launch of its first ever all-wheel-drive system, Q4, at the Qatar Motor Show 2015.
The system will be available on Maserati’s four-door sedan models, the Quattroporte and Ghibli, as the top-of-the-line S Q4 variant.
The Q4 accelerates the Quattroporte and Ghibli from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 and 4.8 seconds - faster than their rear-wheel drive counterparts - up to a top speed of 283 km/h and 284 km/h.
The Q4 system has been designed to maximise traction and further amplify Maserati’s high-performance, grand touring qualities and rear-wheel driving experience while offering absolute safety whatever the road conditions.
The system acts by transferring traction to the front wheels on demand and with an immediate response.
“With the Quattroporte and Ghibli S Q4, we are now able to offer our clients all-wheel-drive models that drive like a real Maserati,” explained Charly Dagher, general manager of Alfardan Sports Motors Company. “The sole objective of Q4 is optimising the balance between increased driving pleasure and safety.”
The launch comes ahead of the 2016 launch of the luxury manufacturer’s first SUV, the Levante.
In normal driving conditions, the system provides 100% of the engine torque to the rear wheels; this is 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 a mere 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. When conditions require, the Q4 all-wheel-drive system, with its variable torque control, activates constantly and continuously.
The Ghibli is Maserati’s latest addition to its model range and the first four-door sports executive sedan by the Italian luxury brand. By combining breath-taking design with exceptional handling qualities and outstanding performance, the Ghibli appeals to the head and the heart making the dream of owning a Maserati more accessible.
In addition to the top-of-the-range Ghibli S Q4, Maserati also offers the Ghibli and Ghibli S, all featuring a new-generation twin turbo-charged 3.0-litre V6 engine and an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.
With its power output of 410 hp the Ghibli S races to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 285 km/h. The Ghibli delivers 330 hp, a top speed of 263 km/h and acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds.
With the original 1963 Quattroporte, Maserati invented the concept of the luxury sports sedan and the 6th generation Quattroporte continues to be the benchmark for high quality engineering, supercar performance and limousine comfort.
In addition to the Quattroporte S Q4, Maserati also offers the GTS, S, and the Quattroporte with 330 hp as part of its Quattroporte range with two state-of-the-art, high performance direct-injection engines: a 3.8-litre V8 (Quattroporte GTS) and a 3.0-litre V6 (Quattroporte S Q4, S and Quattroporte). Both engines are twin turbo charged, developed by Maserati Powertrain in partnership with Ferrari Powertrain, and built by Ferrari in its world-leading engine construction facility in Maranello.
The engine of the Quattroporte GTS reaches 100km/h in just 4.7 seconds and achieves a 307km/h top speed. The Quattroporte S engine doesn’t lack for performance, either, reaching 100km/h in 5.1 seconds and achieving a 285km/h top speed. The 330hp Quattroporte retains its sporty Maserati character with an acceleration of 5.6 seconds from zero to 100km/h and a top speed of 263 km/h.
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