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2012 Maserati Quattroporte GT S update gets power boost

August 22, 2012

Maserati Australia has announced a mild model update for the 2012 Maserati Quattroporte GT S sports luxury sedan, adding the MC Sportline trim as standard. The update comes with more power and improved acceleration.

Power comes from a 4.7-litre Ferrari-developed naturally-aspirated V8 engine, with figures boosted from 323kW to 331kW, and from 490Nm to 510Nm of torque. This enables the exotic sedan to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 5.0 seconds, down from 5.1. Top speed is rated at 285km/h.

On top of the power increase, the GT S with the MC Sportline pack as standard comes with new, stiffer suspension that is lowered by 10mm at the front and 25mm at the rear. It also gets 360mm disc brakes with Brembo calipers, a bi-modal exhaust which opens a valve in ‘Sport’ mode, and a recalibrated MC-Auto Shift transmission.

Cosmetically, the model update comes with a deeper front grille, a new front bumper bar with revised air intakes and fog lights, as well as some new sleeker side mirrors. The Quattroporte GT S MC Sportline also comes with the choice of two new 20-inch alloy wheel designs.

Inside you’ll find a revised interior trim with lots of carbon fibre inlays instead of the outgoing wood sections.

This model update is said to be the last before the all-new model comes along in 2013. Full details of the new model are yet to be finalised.

Prices for the 2012 Maserati Quattroporte GT S MC Sportline start at $298,800.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.