There can easily be "Levante", "Levante S" and "Levante GT-S" to compete with their regular 5 series, 5 Sport and M5.I thought their "baby" car was just going to compete with the regular trim levels of the E and the 5 - how many M5s and E63s are even sold, for it to be worth Maserati trying to take share in that segment?
Sunshine, you are right on. For those of us who need a sedan, the Quattroporte is a dream come true. Neptuno.From the article: "... (the current QP has such a perfect size I think, such a presence, the right dimension, the sexiest sedan on the road).
My dealer has confirmed to me that the engine will be a twin turbo V-6 developed and built by Ferrari rated at +/- 450 HP. The only involvement with Chrysler is the shared platform and the fact they will be built in Detroit.Big problem with this so called "Baby Maserati" is the proposed engine.
Maser's re-birth and success has been in no small part, due to that epic Ferrari-sourced V8.
Lose that and you lose the core appeal. The thunderous sound akin to a warehouse fireworks explosion.
Sourcing a Chrysler Pentastar V6, IMO, is like heading down the same disastrous road that Alfa Romeo did with their GM alliance. Sales for the 159/Brera globally were a disaster which even FIAT Group big cheese, Harald Wester admitted to.
To this day, enthusiasts, rightly or wrongly, still whine about how the GM sourced V6 is nowhere near as epic as the Arese V6 of old.
A Baby Maser needs a Ferrari engine. Even if Marchionne's bean counters say that's counter to current corporate strategy.
In trying to save money by using an engine in the Chrysler/FIAT alliance, they'll actually lose money in prospective buyers staying away.
History never repeats?
Great News if that is indeed the case for the Baby Maser!My dealer has confirmed to me that the engine will be a twin turbo V-6 developed and built by Ferrari rated at +/- 450 HP. The only involvement with Chrysler is the shared platform and the fact they will be built in Detroit.
So you would by a Maserati with a Chrysler built engine like a Hemi?Maserati hasn't built their own engines for many years. I wouldn't care who or where they are built as long as Maserati is doing the engineering.