Four Reasons Why a Used Maserati is Just as Capable as a New Model

January 12th, 2016 by

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Maseratis are out of most consumers’ price range. If you wanted to purchase one of the brand’s 2016 models, you’d have to double or even triple your budget. It’s just not feasible for some customers to buy a new Maserati.

However, these customers could find quite the bargain on the used car market. For example, a ten-year-old Quattroporte can fetch around $30,000. Sure, this may be considerably more expensive than your typical used car, but don’t forget that a 2016 model sells for more than $100 thousand!

Of course, while you may be able to acquire a used Maserati at a fraction of the price of a new model, you’ll still want to assure that you have enough budgeted money for any potential repairs. Replacing a Maserati part can be relatively expensive, and considering the inclusion of a powerful engine, many drivers can essentially only go to a Maserati or Ferrari dealership to get their car’s mechanics serviced. While you’d expect to pay less than $500 for a standard repair, you should be budgeting at least $2,000 in case your “new” ride runs into any issues.

So, are you ready to learn why you should be pursuing a used Maserati? Using a mid-2000s Quattroporte as an example, let’s see why it may be in your best interest to pursue one of the brand’s previous-generation models…

You Can Still Ride in Style

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Who cares if your targeted Quattroporte is about to be 10-years-old. You’ll still be driving behind the wheel of one of the most stylish vehicles out there, and you’ll be doing so at a fraction of the price of a new model!

Sure, it may be relatively easy to distinguish a, say, 2006 Quattroporte from a 2016 version. Still, the previous models will feature all of the luxury and style that often accompanies the brand’s vehicles, and your car’s distinct exterior features will still let other drivers know that you’re driving the Italian luxury car.

“The design of the Quattroporte is inspired by Maserati’s core stylistic principles: harmony of proportions, dynamic lines and Italian elegance,” said Marco Tencone, the Head of Maserati Centro Stile. “Every new model is a step into the future, but for a brand with the strong heritage of Maserati it is fundamental to bring on the most distinctive features as a signature: the contour of the air intake in the front, the three small outlets on the fenders, the strong triangular C pillar bearing the logo.”

Considering the luxuriousness of the vehicle, it’s no surprise that the brand offers some unique and exclusive exterior colors. There are fifteen options that accompany a 2006 Quattroporte, including (translated from Italian) Aquamarine Metallic, Silver Moon Metallic, Eldorado White, Malago Blue Metallic, Neptune Blue Metallic, Sebring Blue Metallic, “Bordeaux Pontevecchio Metallic,” Montecarlo Bronze Metallic, Alfieri Grey Metallic, Nuvolari Grey Metallic, Palladio Grey Metallic, Touring Grey Metallic, Black, Carbon Black Metallic, and Goodwood Green Metallic.

You Can Still Ride Fast

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One of the best parts of driving a luxury vehicle like a Maserati is the opportunity to take advantage of the powerful engine. If you’re eying a fifth generation Quattroporte (available from 2003 through 2012), you can expect the V8 Ferrari-Maserati F136 engine, featuring aluminium-silicon alloy blocks, a new crankshaft, and continuous variable valve timing technology.

With three possible engine options (an F136S 4.2-liter that used dry sump lubrication, an F136UC 4.2-liter that used wet sump, and an F136Y 4.7-liter), horsepower ranged from 395 to 434 while torque ranged from 333 pounds-feet to 361 pounds-feet. The standard engine could hit a top speed of 171 miles per hour, and it reached a zero-to-60 mile per hour time of 5.2 seconds. If you somehow come across the most powerful unit, you can expect a top speed of 177 mph and a zero-to-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds.

The DuoSelect electro-actuated transmission accompanied these engines when the fifth-generation Quattroporte first hit the market. Based on Ferrari’s semi-automatic system, the unit was actually mounted to the rear of the vehicle. Eventually, the six-speed torque converter automatic transmission was included in the cars, with the system being reinserted into the front end of the vehicle.

These are mighty impressive specs. They’re so impressive, in fact, that the brand produced a Maserati Quattroporte EVO (featuring the 4.2-liter engine) for the Swiss Team as they prepared for the 2009 International Superstars Series. The vehicle ended up appearing in each of the races from 2009 through 2012, with Andrea Bertolini guiding the Quattroporte to a 2011 championship.

You Can Still Ride Comfortably

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Sure, the interior features of a Maserati vehicle have obviously evolved over the past decade. Amenities that were previously optional now come standard in these new models, and the current optional features include technology that hadn’t even been thought of previously.

Of course, we’re not trying to discount the interior of these previous models. In fact, a ten-year-old Maserati may rival another brand’s 2016 model in regards to comfort and luxury. It’s actually amusing to hear Tencone’s description of the recent Quattroporte’s interior, as many of the focal points were also featured in previous models.

“The interior achieves elegant simplicity, with clean lines and a user-friendly interface” said Tencone, “assuming that less is more when carefully designed. The functional features are downplayed to focus the attention on the natural top class materials – wood, leather, metal – and the refined craftsmanship they have been worked. The combination of classy and elegant colours makes the interior an exclusive lounge for the occupants that can become unique for the customer with a tailored approach”.

Many of those interior qualities apply to our hypothetical targeted 2005 Quattroporte. The leather heated seats provide the ultimate comfort experience, and the wood trim lining the cabin certainly adds an air of luxuriousness. Furthermore, the interior featured an innovative center screen instead of a radio, providing the driver with music, navigation, and phone-integration capabilities. Sure, this may sound relatively common nowadays, but this was pretty advanced technology for the mid-2000s.

Finally, owners can opt for one of ten premium leather interior colors, including Ivory, Beige, Middle Blue, Navy Blue, Bordeaux, Saddle Leather, Leather, Light Gray, Medium Grey, and Black.

You Can Still Ride Safely

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Considering the power of the engines and all of the technological features, it’s relatively easy to get distracted in your Maserati. Luckily, the engineers intentionally designed the car to keep the driver and passengers safe. It starts with the steel unibody, which includes an aluminum boot lid and engine bonnet.

These ten-year-old Quattroportes actually included some relatively innovative features (for the time). For example, intermittent rain sensing wipers are starting to pop up on many vehicles, but they were initially offered on these older Maseratis. Other special features included dusk sensing headlamps (with accompanying high-pressure washers), Xenon high-intensity headlamps, traction control and stability control. This is in addition to the more common safety features, like four-wheel antilock brakes, front and rear airbags (with an occupant-sensing airbag deactivation system), front and rear ventilated disc brakes, and electronic brakeforce distribution.

 

Just because you’re targeting a used Maserati, it doesn’t mean that the vehicle is any less capable or luxurious than the brand’s current crop of cars. In fact, considering the affordable price of these vehicles, it might actually be more beneficial to pursue a pre-owned model. Whether it’s the vehicle’s exterior style, interior luxury, powerful engine, or dependable safety features, you can be assured that you’ll still be riding behind the wheel of one of the best cars on the road… even if it may be ten years old.