Look who is back in town, the legendary Italian car maker Maserati. In a press conference in Delhi, the company announced its comeback agenda for India. Just like all major auto makers in the world even Maserati sees India as a major market with great potential to help the brand grow in the medium term.
The company announced that they will be bringing the Quattroporte, Ghibli, GranTurismo, as well as the GranCabrio. Even the Centennial editions of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio will be made available in India. To begin with, they plan to open three dealerships in New Delhi (AMP Supercars Pvt Ltd), Mumbai (Bagga Luxury Motorcars LLP) and Bangalore (Jubliant Autoworks Pvt Ltd). These dealerships will be operational by the third quarter of the calendar year 2015.
Bookings can be made as soon as the dealerships are operational and deliveries will follow soon after that. Their mid-term expansion plans include dealerships in Calcutta, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Chennai.
Here are the full details about their model range for India:
- Quattroporte GTS: Gets a 3.8 litre V8 producing 530 PS of maximum power at 6,500 rpm and 650 Nm of peak torque at 2,000 rpm. In boost mode the engine produces 710 Nm of torque at 2,500 rpm.
- Quattroporte Diesel: Carries Maserati’s first diesel mill, a 3.0 litre V6 engine producing 275 PS of maximum power at 4,000 rpm and 570 Nm of peak torque in the range of 2,000 to 2,600 rpm.
The Quattroporte range starts at Rs 1.5 crores for the diesel while the GTS attracts a price tag of Rs 2.2 crores.
- Ghibli: The Ghibli though gets just as diesel engine for now. The 3.0 litre V6 engine produces the same power and torque as in the Quattroporte diesel but gets an overboost mode which increases the torque output to 600 Nm in the range of 2,000 to 2,600 rpm.
The Ghibli attracts a price tag of Rs 1.1 crores. This though will also be getting a V6 petrol engine once the homologation process in the country is completed. Expect the petrol Ghibli to hit the market sometime next year.
- GranTurismo: Gets a 4.2 litre V8 mill churning out 410 PS of maximum power at 7,100 rpm and 460 Nm of peak torque at 4,750 rpm.
- GranTurismo Sport: This one gets a bigger 4,691 cc V8 engine producing 460 PS of maximum power at 7,000 rpm and 520 Nm of peak torque at 4,750 rpm.
- GranTurismo MC Stradale: This too gets the same engine as the above model with the same output figures.
The GranTurismo range has a starting price of 1.8 crores and also gets a special Centennial edition.
- GranCabrio: This sports the same 4,691 cc V8 engine but produces 450 PS of maximum power at 7,000 rpm and 510 Nm of peak torque at 4,750 rpm.
The Gran Cabrio also gets a Sport and Stradale edition with the same performance figures as the GT family counterpart.
The company plans to retain its idea of exclusivity and aims to sell less than 100 units in this calendar year.
Here are some pictures of the cars in flesh followed by the studio images.