Maserati has devoted great efforts to developing the new Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte, reducing the fuel consumption compared with the previous generation of cars and engines.
The new Twin Turbo V6 and V8 have been designed to consume as little fuel as possible and emit less CO2 and at the same time deliver extremely sporty performance. With an aluminum alloy crankcase and cylinder heads, both units are extremely compact, keeping the weight of the car down. Also, a new V6 diesel engine with an enhanced Start&Stop Maserati feature was introduced to further meet the demand for a low-consumption vehicle. Ultimately, these vehicles now run on 30% less fuel than those in the previous models.
The new Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte benefit from the latest generation of eight-speed automatic transmissions,which are lightweight, precise and easily capable of coping with the car’s high-performance engines. It uses self-adaptive software that recognizes driving style and road conditions and then alters the way gears are shifted accordingly. The seventh and eighth gears are now specially calibrated to reduce fuel consumption and increase comfort on long, high-speed journeys.
A specific button near the gear stick changes to a specific drive mode created by Maserati, I.C.E. (Increased Control & Efficiency Mode). In I.C.E. mode, gears shift automatically, reducing engine speed and quickening throttle response in all driving conditions for a quieter, smoother and low-fuel ride.
Particular emphasis was also placed on weight reduction. A brand new Chassis was constructed combining aluminum alloy and steel to meet tight weight and strength requirements and thus yielding top safety. A large number of suspension and body components are also made of lightweight aluminum to further reduce total weight. That is why the V8 version makes the new Quattroporte almost 100 kg lighter than the previous model, despite being 21 cm longer.