Maserati has given its Ghibli and Quattroporte the Trofeo treatment, with the two new variants joining the Levante Trofeo as the brand's Ferrari-powered flagships.
Yes, power comes from a Ferrari-flavoured twin-turbo 3,8-litre V8, which in the newcomers delivers 427 kW at 6 250 r/min and 730 N.m from 2 250 to 5 250 r/min (the Levante Trofeo makes a touch more power in markets such as South Africa).
The eight-cylinder unit is built at the Ferrari plant in Maranello “to Maserati’s specifications”, with the latter company saying it “has been modified and developed to deliver equally impressive performance on the rear-engine saloons”. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF.
The result is what the firm calls the “fastest Maserati saloons ever”, with both the Ghibli Trofeo and Quattroporte Trofeo topping out at 326 km/h (the Levante Trofeo, meanwhile, can run to 302 km/h). The smaller sedan takes a claimed 4,3 seconds to hit 100 km/h from standstill, while the slightly heavier Quattroporte Trofeo takes two-tenths longer.
The new Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo variants furthermore gain a “Corsa” button and a launch control system. Other updates include the adoption of a redesigned grille with twin vertical bars in “Black Piano” and the introduction of carbon-fibre on the front air duct trims and rear extractor.
Original article from Car