Following Ferrari’s lead, the Fiat Group’s Maserati has announced that India would be its next target. The Shreyans Group that recently bagged Ferrari’s Indian operations will run dedicated Maserati dealerships.
Back under Fiat’s ownership from Ferrari since 2005, Maserati is getting its entire Pininfarina-designed stable. It includes the Quattroporte four-door sports saloon, the GranTurismo coupé and the GranCabrio convertible.
Two engines will be offered — a 4.2-litre 400 bhp naturally aspirated V8 and an ‘S’ version which has a 4.7-litre V8 developing 430 bhp, both based on Ferrari units. The 4.7-litre engine is essentially the same 4.2 block with an increased bore and stroke.
Top four-door saloon
The Quattroporte is one of the finest handling four-door sports saloons. It will give the recently launched Panamera a run for its money. The 5052mm-long car looks great.
With the 4.2-litre engine under the hood, the company claims a top speed of 270 kph and the 4.7 Quattroporte S can hit a max speed of 280 kph. A pick up of 100kph from standstill in 5.4 seconds makes it a blisteringly quick saloon. Prices should start from Rs 1.1 crore for the 4.2-litre V8.
The coupé, which is 100 kg lighter than the saloon, has a top speed of 295 kph and is quicker to the 100 kph by half a second. The GranCabrio is heavier due to the extra-stiffened chassis. It gets a canvas roof for occasional rainy days.
Prices for the coupé should range between Rs 1.3 to 1.5 crore. The GranCabrio, which is only available with the 4.7-litre engine, will cost more. In comparison, a Ferrari California will cost approximately Rs 2.3 crore in India. This almost makes the Maseratis a superb performance bargain.
New SUV coming up
Maserati is also developing a new SUV based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee platform due next year, so it could make its way to India too.
Super-luxury car sales in India are on the rise and Maserati has a brilliant combination of good looks, heritage, performance and is relatively affordable. This gives it a good shot at our market.