Zagato unveils monstrous Maserati


As Maserati begins to conclude its centenary year celebrations no one is better qualified to ensure that the party ends with a huge automotive crescendo than Zagato, the company behind so many iconic Maserati designs of the past.

And the Mostro powered by Maserati is sure to generate a lot of noise when Zagato officially unveils it on Saturday as part of this year's Villa d'Este Concourso d'Eleganza classic car show on the banks of Lake Como in Italy.

The event is a mecca for concourse condition classics, coach-built exotic flights of automotive fancy and for concept cars that push the envelope of what is possible in terms of exterior design. However, unlike many of the star cars on show this year, this Zagato-built Maserati is the real deal.

Inspired by the Maserati 450S Coupé Zagato, commissioned and raced by none other than Sir Sterling Moss at the 1957 Le Mans 24 Hours, this car isn't a concept, it's the first of five production models, each of which has already been sold.

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First Drive: 2015 Maserati Ghibli S Q4

Maserati's primped and pampered sports sedan does its best winter warrior impression

ASPEN, COLO. — We came for the weather. We got a fantastic sports sedan.

The idea — part of Maserati’s push towards practicality — was to come to the winter wonderland that is supposed to be Aspen, Colorado, drive the company’s new all-wheel-drive version of the Ghibli, attest to its winter bona fides and thus prove that Italian cars need not all be sunny-day trailer queens. All-year-round everyday motoring is a new — and I can hear you cynics out there saying “ambitious” — message for the storied Italian brand, more renowned for primped and pampered sports coupes than slush-fighting, four-door winter warriors.


Blame the capriciousness of greenhouses gases. While we nor’easterners were under assault from a polar ice cap determined to prove that global warming is a farce, the entire northwest — and Aspen particularly — was enjoying an inordinately warm early spring. I left Toronto in the midst of yet another -17 degree record-breaking cold snap; I arrived in America’s mecca of downhill skiing in the grip of a 15 degree Chinook. Sunburn was a greater danger than frostbite, t-shirts replaced North Face parkas and the only ice to be found in normally frigid Snowmass was in the Bar Eight K’s (that’s for the elevation — 8,000 feet — get it?) drinks. So, we had to make do with flogging the Ghibli S Q4 over one of the twistiest mountain roads this side of the Swiss Alps — the McClure Pass — through some of the most scenic countryside this side of the, well, those same Swiss Alps.

What we learned is that, despite said pretense to practicality, the Ghibli’s DNA is still very much Italian sports sedan. The twice-turbocharged V6 — block cast in America, machined and assembled by Ferrari in Maranello, but designed by Maserati — is all puff and pomp. There’s 404 horsepower (in the $91,950 S Q4 version; a 345-hp, rear-wheel-drive base model retails for $82,600) to be had from just three litres, an even stouter 406 pound-feet of torque and a slick shifting eight-speed transmission. 100 kilometres an hour appears on the big blue speedo just 4.8 seconds after you floor the loud handle. Considering the Ghibli’s 1,871 kilogram curb weight, that’s excellent, especially since there’s only three litres underhood.

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The Maserati Ghibli: This is what it's like when a car just feels right


I've been driving cars and testing cars and thinking about cars for about 30 years. I have a good idea about what I like and don't like.

I don't generally like flashy cars. That doesn't mean I don't appreciate the McLaren P1s of the world. It doesn't mean I don't like to drive Lamborghinis — in fact, I find Lambos to be an absolute pleasure to drive. I've had a good time in orange cars. An exterior of deranged, angular cut works for me.

What I do like are cars that combine a high level of luxury and a reasonable level of performance. (Of course that's for real-world driving; the track is another story, and a place where I can do without the luxe.)

That's why I so thoroughly enjoyed the Ferrari FF that I drove over the winter. Unsurprisingly, I also enjoyed one of Ferrari's corporate stablemates, the Maserati Ghibli, which I sampled a few weeks back.

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Warm-up is the first part of a session on the circuit, during which the driver warms up the car and checks it out carefully before putting its true performance to the test. Similarly, the Master Warm Up offers the Maserati customers and prospects an initial taster of training in the techniques of racing-circuit driving in high-performance cars, with the support of a very well qualified, expert staff, who deliver unbeatable instruction and safety in all dynamic phases, in a setting that combines elegance and genuine thrills.

It is therefore an excellent opportunity to enter the Maserati world as a favoured guest, covering one action-packed day: starting from the optional morning visit to the Modena Factory, to see at first hand where Maserati’s magnificent cars are born and developed; moving on to the Varano de’ Melegari circuit, which hosts the Master Courses.

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Wednesday, 4th March 2015 – Last night, the Maserati Alfieri Concept was announced as ‘2014 Concept Car of the Year’ at the prestigious Car Design Night in Geneva, organized by Car Design News and attended by the industry’s leading automotive designers. 

The Alfieri Concept was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2014; a striking 2+2 concept car celebrating the brand’s centenary, with the name Alfieri commemorating the most prominent of the founding Maserati brothers. The concept car was designed at the Centro Stile in Turin, Italy, masterminded by Head of the Centro Stile Lorenzo Ramaciotti and led by Marco Tencone, who proudly accepted the Car Designs of the Year award on Maserati’s behalf. 

Due to the overwhelming, positive reaction of the public when the concept was first revealed, the Maserati Alfieri is now confirmed for production and will be followed by a convertible version later on. 

The Car Designs of the Year Awards are completely independent in that the judging panel is made up of a truly global cross-section of professional designers from carmakers, educational establishments and suppliers from major players including Daimler, Jaguar, Volvo, General Motors, Hyundai, Lear, Coventry University and Renault Group. 

Owen Ready, Editor Car Design News said, “The design of sports cars with fine volumes and beautiful proportions is something Italian car design has long excelled at, but the Alfieri’s more contemporary design elements have been executed with impeccable judgement. The result is a classic Italian sports car, which is utterly modern.” 

The Alfieri Concept features in the second Car Design Review yearbook, which was launched yesterday evening at the event in front of top designers who are also featured within its pages. The 184-page hard cover edition takes an analytical look back at the past year of car design and contains an in-depth feature on the winning vehicle design of the year. 


About Car Design News 

Car Design News is the leading resource for car designers worldwide. Since 1999 it has provided invaluable information, advice and insights to students and design directors alike thanks to its network of writers and industry analysts, many of whom have contributed to the second Car Design Review book. CDN’s primary presence is online, allowing it to deliver the latest news, reviews and opinions to the design community. In addition to its unrivalled editorial you can find a careers section that has helped place many designers in key positions. 


Maserati produces a full line of two and four door models legendary for their spacious handcrafted luxury, thoroughbred performance and everyday usability. The Maserati range includes the all-new full-size Quattroporte and the mid-size Ghibli sport sedan, which earned a 2013 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS)*. The flagship Quattroporte GTS leads the charge with a 523 HP twin turbo V8 while both the Ghibli and Quattroporte are available with All-Wheel-Drive, a competition bred twin-turbo 404 HP V6 and an adaptive 8 speed automatic transmission. The two-door GranTurismo line continues with several variants of coupes and convertibles that combine elegance and comfort for four adults, with a 6 speed automatic transmission to keep the legendary Maserati performance and exhaust note close at hand. Maserati automobiles and merchandise can be found at authorized retailers across North America. Information on Maserati can be found at for the U.S. or for Canada, 1-800-My-Maserati. *Built after November 2013. 

Maserati Chief Harald Wester Wants Cars with Soul


Aside from the occasional passersby stopping to ogle the Alfieri concept which first debuted at Geneva, things were quiet at the Maserati stand during the 2015 Detroit auto show. But there are plenty of wheels turning behind the scenes at Maserati, a company which saw its sales increase 136 percent from 2013 to 2014 globally, 110 percent in the U.S. alone. Maserati’s growth in the entry-level segment with the Ghibli and soon-to-arrive Levante SUV will be echoed on the top end of the price spectrum with a production version of the Alfieri, as well as a next-generation GranTurismo. For a closer look at the rapid changes happening within the Italian automaker, we sat down with Maserati head Harald Wester.

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Maserati Ghibli: Fast car is fast seller

Hot air has numerous connotations, most of them negative, so chalk it up to an unfortunate Italianism that the Maserati Ghibli is named for a scorching, dry wind. Joan Didion’s description of the Santa Anas as a persistent, malevolent force might be a more appropriate nomenclature for a Maserati that culminates the automaker’s centennial with the most aggressively performance-oriented luxury sports sedan in its history.

Elegantly brutish, ostentatiously self-promoting and ultimately satisfying to drive, the Ghibli breathes new life into the growing luxury category with a more exclusive profile than its midsize sedan competitors and an even more fetching starting price of $69,800.

In the year it’s been on the market, the Ghibli has become the fastest-selling model ever for Maserati. Still, it was only last week that I was able to drive it from city to canyons to freeway, easily adapting to each environ with the push of a button.

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As Maserati Eyes Women, They'll Need More Than Just an SUV and Affordable Sedan (But They're a Start)


Maserati’s primary focus next year: women.

This from Peter Grady, the president and CEO of the century-old Italian automaker, who sat for an interview this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Last year the brand sold 15,400 cars nationwide -- more than double what it had anticipated -- and execs say that number will double again for 2014. Grady says beyond that, increased sales in the U.S. will rely on reaching more women.

"I can't believe anybody [in the segment] is more male dominated than us -- we do have an issue," he said. "We are working on trying to make ourselves get accessible to the female segment. We just need to figure out a better way."

A spokeswoman later reported that 30 percent of its owners are women. That's roughly the same percentage as Bentley, and significantly more than the roughly 8 percent who own a Ferrari, according to statistics from

Maserati's Ghibli sedan, which is the maker’s least expensive model (retailing around $75,000), is its new effort at reaching a broader audience, especially females. Ironically, it is also Maserati’s best-looking line. It’s hoped that the more-attainable price point will attract professional women and upper middle class mothers who -- if they had considered the brand at all -- often assumed it way out of their price range. "People think it's an exotic, which is incorrect," Grady said.

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The car is also a good value for its price. It performed solidly on city and highway driving when I drove it last month in New York. I also appreciated its beautifully-styled interior with soft leather, smart design, and advanced technology. So it's no surprise that sales, 10,000 by years end, have easily met expectations.

The Sensational Alfieri 2+2 Concept Steals the Spotlight alongside the Sportingly Redefined Quattroporte GTS at the Los Angeles Auto Show

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 Maserati Celebrates its 100th Anniversary with Record-breaking Sales 

and Robust MY 2015 Product Line-Up 

(November 19, 2014) Englewood, Cliffs, NJ- At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Maserati took center stage presenting its complete MY 2015 range including the sportingly redefined Quattroporte GTS and sensational Alfieri 2+2 concept, which made its Los Angeles, California premiere and impressed audiences around the world. The highly praised Ghibli performance sedan and Centennial Edition GranTurismo MC coupe and convertible, also on show, continues for MY2015 after launching to tremendous success. 

In partnership with the Petersen Automotive Museum, Maserati revealed a vintage 1963 Quattroporte (Tipo 107), the world’s first super sedan and one of the oldest Quattroportes in existence. Designed by Pietro Frua to drive every day in luxury, the original Quattroporte was well poised alongside the new generation Quattroporte offering a glimpse of Maserati’s century-long history of engineering expertise and timeless style in honor of its 100th birthday. 

Harald Wester, CEO of Maserati was on hand to showcase the best of the Trident’s cutting edge automotive design. “This is an exhilarating time for Maserati as we are on the cusp of such dynamic product enhancements and look back at 100 years of automotive history. With such a robust product plan ahead of us, we remain resolute in our pursuit of unearthing ‘the absolute opposite of ordinary’ in everything we do” stated Wester. “The Alfieri concept is a product of that steadfast commitment.” 

2014 continues to be a very significant year for Maserati as it celebrates—in addition to its 100th Anniversary—the most comprehensive, best-selling product range in the history of the company. It has been a record breaking year, particularly for Maserati North America, Inc., Maserati’s global market leader. The company posted a 253 percent year-over-year increase this October; its twenty-first consecutive month of sales increases in the Americas with 2014 results have far exceeded those for 2012 and 2013 combined. 

Maserati North America, Inc. continues to expand, with 100+ dealers across North America, nearly doubling its stores since 2013. California remains a market leader among Florida and the Tri-State area. With a total of seventeen dealerships across California, which are mostly mono-brand Maserati stores, the growth has been exponential. Maserati is the perfect fit for California where the car culture is so strong and customization is highly sought after. 


Now on sale, the 2015 Quattroporte range includes enhancements and added standard equipment for both S Q4 and GTS. The top range Quattroporte GTS, with 523 HP from its potent twin-turbo V8 powering the rear wheels – benefits from a sportier and aggressive appearance, heightening its dominance on the road while further differentiating its position at the very top of the range. 

Aesthetically, the vehicle’s exterior has been upgraded by revising its color scheme: the front spoiler, lower side sills and lower rear bumper are now matched to the car’s body. The front grille surround is finished in gloss black. The front trident and side saetta badges have been introduced with red accents to underscore this high performance model along with a GTS badge on the rear decklid. Further enhancements include 20” light weight forged alloy wheels finished in anthracite grey with center caps featuring a red trident logo. The narrow wheel spokes allow a good view of the red anodized brake calipers, which are exclusive to the GTS. 

The GTS interior has been upgraded with Poltrona Frau premium leather with contrast stitching and Black Piano trim. More interior details include a GTS badge added to the dial of the dashboard clock and an embroidered GTS logo of the drivers’ side floor mat. 

The 2015 Quattroporte S Q4 – with 404 HP, state-of-the-art twin-turbo V6 engine and standard all-wheel drive- the selection of options has been expanded to include three new paint finishes. Grigio(medium grey), Grigio Maratea (Dark Grey) and Bianco Alpi, a pearlescent white finish. 

Two new wheels become available: 19” Apollo wheel with a diamond-smoothed, matt transparent anthracite finish and 20” GTS design wheel in silver finish. 

A wider selection of interior features is available including contrast stitching, red leather upholstery and Black Piano Lacquered trim. Wifi in vehicle hotspot also becomes standard on the Quattroporte range. 


Created to commemorate Maserati’s Centennial, the Alfieri—which takes its name from Alfieri Maserati, the most prominent of the Maserati brothers—explores the stylistic heritage of the brand and anticipates future design trends. A sleek, Italian style 2+2, today's Alfieri is at the concept stage, yet poised for reality: it was created, designed and built with this goal in mind. 

This concept interprets Maserati’s most iconic signatures: restyled triple air ducts on the wheel arches; the Trident emblem in a central position on the front grille; the “Saetta” logo on the rear pillar; and forged wheels whose spoke design gives a nod to the Trident profile. The designers' brief was simplicity and minimalism with a “kick of poetry” to create the comfortably sized 2+2 seat passenger compartment while emphasizing the racing nature of the brand. 

Poltrona Frau aniline leather has been generously used for the interior, matched with copper, aluminum and other materials reminiscent of oxidized steel, commonly used in the racing cars of the Fifties. Vintage racing also inspires the wraparound design of the seats, offset by their futuristic look and modern structure. One of the most fascinating cars of all times designed by Pininfarina in 1954, the A6GCS proved a valuable source of inspiration for the designers of the Alfieri concept of today. 



These models are launched as tributes to the first 100 years of Maserati history, in line with the sporting spirit that has traditionally identified the brand. 

Both models are available in three new tri-coated color combinations which include Rosso Magma and Blu Inchiostro, a modern interpretation of the Maserati shield colors and also represent the traditional colors of Bologna, Maserati’s birthplace founded in 1914. The wheel range includes as many as four different versions for two available designs, MC and Trofeo design. Specially designed center caps integrate the Centennial medallion logo, available in two finishes: Matt Smoke grey and Charcoal grey according to wheel style and color. 

The Centennial Special Editions come with a wide range of interior options with a contrasting decorative insert based on the three colors (red, white and blue) of the seat profiles. The same motif also extends to the headrests and surrounds the embroidered Trident logo. The sporty look of the interior is enhanced by carbon fiber inserts on the dashboard, seat surrounds and by a kick plate on which the celebratory Centennial logo takes pride of place. 

The GranTurismo MC Centennial Edition is powered by the 454 HP 4.7 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that first appeared in the GranTurismo MC. Combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission, performance and balance is superb with a top speed of 185 mph, together with the assured stopping power of Brembo Dual-Cast brakes. In keeping with Maserati’s philosophy, the new GranTurismo MC also capitalizes on the progress made by the previous model in terms of reduced fuel consumption and emissions. 

These 2015 celebratory models, The Centennial Editions of the GranTurismo MC coupe and convertible complement the current Maserati range. 


Maserati is celebrating its 100th Anniversary all over the world in 2014 with special programs for clients and fans including the recently activated Cento Anni di Maserati, a series of epic driving events in Washington, DC (November 1,2); Miami, FL (November 7); and Los Angeles, CA (November 22) to honor the occasion. Over 100 Maseratis will gather this coming Saturday, November 22nd on Santa Monica’s famous pier for a commemorative parade to the Los Angeles auto show, providing clients special access to the Maserati stand. 

As an honored marque, this year Maserati has also been at the very center of the world’s most prestigious motoring gatherings including the Villa d’Este Concours d'Elegance in Como, Italy; England’s Goodwood Festival of Speed; and California’s Monterey Car Week including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. At the 70th Annual Columbus Day Parade in New York City, Maserati set the pace as the parade’s leader and featured marque. 

In Modena, Italy, the Enzo Ferrari Museum is hosting (through January 2015) “MASERATI 100 – A Century of Pure Italian Luxury Sports Cars.” Modena also staged September's Official Maserati Centennial Gathering, where over two hundred vintage and modern Maseratis from all over the world (and approximately five hundred participants) set-off for a historical road rally retracing the brand’s storied roots.