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Vending machine for luxury cars in Singapore: Car dealer Autobahn Motors has a unique way of displaying posh automobiles

Reminiscent of a hot wheels pack, this unique building in Singapore is turning heads all around the world. The vending machine-like tower that dispenses luxury cars to well-heeled buyers is the latest space-saving innovation in land-starved Singapore—just don’t try to shake it if it gets stuck. This brainchild of Autobahn Motors (ABM) houses more than 70 of the company’s million dollar wares.

Used luxury car dealer and owner of ABM Gary Hong has taken to displaying his wares in a glass-fronted, 15-storey building. Costing SGD$3 million to build, Hong, 45, said he got the inspiration for the new showroom during a trip with his four-year-son to buy toy cars. Like choosing a chocolate bar, the buyer can see everything on display, before pressing some buttons and having their choice delivered.

“From there I realised that the Matchbox arrangement is a mini version of our inventories that can be displayed and arranged nicely,” he told AFP.

From the comfort of a plush sofa on the ground floor, potential buyers can order a Ferrari, Maserati or Lamborghini among other brands, all with the touch of a hand-held device. Once a selection is made, a promotional video of that car is played on a flat-screen television while the vehicle is automatically transported down by a lift.

“When the customers see a car that is presented in a best way like a beauty pageant, they just decide that this is a winner, and we got a deal,” said Hong, who added that sales have risen by 30 percent since the move to the new premises in December.

The extremely smart design not only creates an interesting pull towards customers looking for a new ride, but also tackles the problem of land scarcity in the little red dot. With a population density ranked by the World Bank to be third highest in the world, behind Macau and Monaco, land comes at a premium in the tiny city-state.

The company stores between 70-80 cars at its facility—an amount that would otherwise require five times the space if the vehicles are parked traditionally. A similar car vending concept currently exists in the United States, through online auto retailer Carvana, which was last reported by US media to have five such facilities around the country as of April.

Maserati Levante Esteso boats superior performance and revamped engine

Maserati’s first SUV can already compete with the best that Porsche and Mercedes have to offer in terms of styling, luxury and exclusivity. Now, thanks to some under-the-hood tinkering courtesy of Bavarian tuners Novitec, it should be a match in terms of performance, too. Reaching up to 494 horsepower, the Maserati Levante Esteso is the next one to watch.

Unlike the Range Rover, the Porsche Cayenne or the BMW X5, the Levante is currently only available with a six- rather than eight-cylinder powerplant under its hood. While Novitec hasn’t added two extra pistons, it has remapped the engine and the twin turbos so that the car can now output 494hp and 660Nm of torque (up from 424hp and 580Nm). That means it can go from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds — that’s nearly a whole second faster than the standard model— and up to a 272km/h top speed.

As well as greater speed, the Novitec Esteso also comes with greater visual aggression, thanks to a wide-body kit that increases wheel arch space — to better fit the 22-inch offset ‘Y’ spoke alloy wheels, but also improves handling. The tuners have added a front bumper spoiler to reduce front axle lift and there’s a working hood scoop to help with engine breathing. The car also gets side skirts that will help it hold the road plus upgraded air suspension that drops the car’s ride height by as much as 25mm. Of course, many of these new external components can be ordered in naked carbon fiber so that the material’s weave becomes a decorative element.

Like all serious aftermarket tuners, Novitec can also overhaul the car’s interior with a choice of leather and Alcantara and of course wood and other trim elements. But perhaps best of all, considering the styling of the standard Levante, clients can pick and choose the elements they want—whether it’s the full aerodynamics package, or simply an engine mapping upgrade.

For more information, do visit Novitec.

All-Electric Maserati Alfieri Gets 2020 Debut

The all-electric bandwagon is on a roll, with the latest brand to hop aboard being Italian luxury automaker Maserati. Its first all-electric car will be an iteration of the upcoming Alfieri model. However, if you are interested in purchasing the model, be ready to wait until 2020 when this all-electric version of the car is expected to be delivered to dealerships; the V6 model will only be released in 2019 and that is expected to be the first real-world version of the Alfieri.

Named after the founder of the brand, Alfieri Maserati, the Alfieri concept car made its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It was 2+2 grand tourer concept, boastiong a compact yet aggressive design. The model presented had a V8 engine with 460hp, but the first version that is set to hit the dealers at 2019 will get a V6 engine with as-yet-unspecified power. Only after this will the all-electric version’s release follow, possibly since the chassis needs to adapted to suit both fuel and electric versions.

The two-seater sports car will have front bumper spoiler and rear diffuser made from carbon fiber with aluminum inserts. Instead of analog instrument dials, the driving cabin will feature TFT displays.

Fiat 124 Spider

Fiat 124 Spider Celebrates 50 Years

The Fiat 124 Spider is an aesthetic embodiment of the optimism and sense of freedom that gripped Italy in the late 1960s. It was unveiled at the Turin motor show in the same year that the equally exciting Fiat Dino (which had a Ferrari Dino V6 engine), the Lamborghini Miura, the Ferrari 330 GTS, the Maserati Ghibli and the Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider all broke cover.

However, unlike its compatriots, the 124 Spider was a concerted aim to bring sportscar looks and driving excitement to the masses in the same way that the original Fiat 500 had bought personal mobility to people who otherwise couldn’t afford a vehicle bigger than a Vespa scooter.

Yet despite having one eye on costs, the car boasted radial tires, a five-speed gearbox, a double-barrel carburetor, and a plush interior with wooden trim and even elements like a fuel gauge and tachometer (earlier Fiats had no fuel gauges, just a light that came on when the tank was almost drained!)

A clean, understated Pininfarina creation, the body boasted perfect sportscar proportions despite its diminutive 3.97m length. And because it was light, a 1.4-liter 90hp engine was initially enough to make it a blast to drive (top speed 170km/h).

Pininfarina claims that the exterior design and ride setup were based on hours of research into developing a car that ‘sat up’ at motorway speeds but would still negotiate narrow Italian backroads without coming unstuck.

Unsurprisingly, the car started to get a lot of attention from American drivers, particularly on the West coast, and so in 1969 the car was overhauled with a 110hp 1.6-liter engine (top speed 180km/h), given a reversing light and more options and crossed the Atlantic.

US demand remained steady right up until 1982 – so much so that while the car was discontinued in Europe, Pininfarina continued making it and updating it for Fiat between 1974 and 83 almost exclusively for the American market.

Therefore it is little wonder that Fiat hopes the reborn 124 Spider, launched exactly 12 months ago at the LA Auto Show, and sharing its underpinnings with the superlative Mazda MX-5 Miata (the 2016 World Car of the Year) will pick up where the original left off.

But no matter how good the new car promises to be on paper, the original 124 Spider will be a tough act to follow.

9 Stars of Geneva Motor Show

With the Geneva Motor Show over, the array of cars that were on display were bound to have the heart of any collector or enthusiast pounding. Still, there are those that simply have a greater pull than others, especially for models coming from well established companies such as Porsche, Bentley, Ferrari and Rolls-Royce. Let’s take a look at the main stars of the show:

Bugatti-Chiron-test

Bugatti Chiron

“It is part of human nature to cross boundaries and set new records,” said Bugatti president Wolfgang Dürheimer.

The record-breaking Chiron was probably the leading headliner amongst all models shown in Geneva. Boasting 1600hp and a top speed of 261mph (420kmh), the Chiron takes pole position as the world’s fastest production car, with specifications outstripping its predecessor – the Veyron.

Aston-Martin-DB11

Aston Martin DB11

Aston Martin tried to close the gap between itself and its competitors, such as Ferrari and McLaren, with the high-end luxury supercar – the Aston Martin DB11.

“A brand new bonded aluminum platform, clever aerodynamics, a new characterful twin-turbo V12 and class-leading infotainment systems are just a few aspects which make this the sports car that will proudly spearhead Aston Martin’s second century plan,” said company CEO Dr. Andy Palmer, summarizing the main traits of this contending powerhouse. Either way, the DB11 re-stoked great expectations for the company.

Porsche-911-R

Porsche 911 R

Porsche was all about stripping down and streamlining with their new 911 R as a part of a strategy to appeal once again to the purist fans alienated by previous creature comforts and technological aids. It weighs 3,020 pounds and maxes out at 201mph with 500hp.

With sporty performance back at the forefront, hopefully the fans are placated.

Rolls-Royce-Black-Badge

Rolls-Royce Black Badge Series

A bespoke range of Rolls-Royce Wraiths and Ghosts appeared at Geneva to appeal to edgier and younger customers. The Black Badge series is finished up with a black gloss (right down to the Spirit of Ecstasy donning the hood) while the interior was spruced up with a darker palette, all blacks and purples.

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Lamborghini Centenario

The limited edition Centenario made an appearance at Geneva before disappearing into the mist given that all 40 models of this anniversary model were sold out already. Imbued with 770hp and a smooth tasteful geometric design, this little tease broke the hearts of countless expectant collectors at the show and beyond.

 

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Maserati Levante

Despite the surprise being spoilt by internet leaks, Maserati launched its Levante crossover with an Italian flair, rivaling the likes of others such as the Porsche Cayenne and the Bentley Benteyga. The first SUV in the company’s hundred-year history aimed at breaking into the premium crossovermarket with sophisticated technological features and performance.

Arash AF10

Opposing the Chiron in output figures (though not speed), the British-built Arash AF10 takes some beating. With four electric motors plus a V8 it has 2080hp on tap and despite being built for the track is road legal. At £1.1 million, it is also cheaper than a Bugatti.

Mulsanne-Grand-Limo

Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner

This bespoke stretch limousine that was built for a certain anonymous client inches out the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman as the world’s longest and most comfortable passenger car. With the high-craftsmanship of the interior and various luxury additions like a bottle cooler and a soft drinks cabinet, Bentley sought to prove the sheer capability of their in-house coachbuilder, Mulliner, in tailoring to the demands of their customers.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso profile

The Ferrari GTC4Lusso

Now replacing the Ferrari FF comes the four-seat GTC4Lusso, which also happens to be the first production Ferrari to boast of having both all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering. When you mix a high quality ultra-intuitive infotainment system with a significant power boost to the FF package, the result is a whole luxurious package wrapped up in one excellent shooting brake bound to impress with a younger crowd.

Maserati Meets Ermenegildo Zegna in Capsule Collection

It is widely accepted that a fashion house can elevate a car’s image. Haute couture cars, as Men’s Folio‘s Patrick Chew likes to call them, are a growing trend that has seen co-brandings and collaborations between Roberto Cavalli and MINI, Stella McCartney and Jaguar, and most recently, Paul Smith and Land Rover that resulted in a tailor-made Defender with 27 colored panels on the exterior. So when Gildo Zegna decided to partner up with Maserati, he knew that it would take something special to stand out. While we previously covered it here, we also turned to the Men’s Folio Singapore team to find out what that special something is.

Gildo Zegna’s idea was to make use of a material never before used in car interiors. It was an idea that eventually saw Ermenegildo Zegna’s master craftsmen twisting silk yarns and pairing anthracite dark grey silk with Maserati’s black, natural, and red Poltrona Frau leather to create a special interior for 100 models of the Maserati Quattroporte. The automotive-grade fabric combined an incredibly soft feel with an elegant technical look to deliver dynamism and a contemporary feel for the cockpit and seats. Following its immense success, Maserati proceeded to announce that Ermenegildo Zegna’s unique trim package is available on all its Ghibli and Quattroporte models.

Maserati Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna Edition Concept

In honor of their collaboration, Ermenegildo Zegna and Maserati have created a capsule collection of fine leatherwear and accessories. Inspired by the dual-color and dual-material composition of leather tones and Zegna anthracite silk, the range includes outerwear in leather and technical silk such as sweatshirts and jersey polo shirts, special-edition sneakers, 100 per cent anthracite silk scarves, and foldable sunglasses.

Our favorites from the collection include the leather bomber-style blouson with raglan sleeves in pure silk herringbone and plongee nappa body and the hand-buffed calf leather and Lanificio Zegna’s Maserati fabric sneakers. From the elegant holdall in smooth French calfskin with the Maserati trident embossed details and a fabric lining and the calf leather travel wallet with extractable handle and special passport and boarding pass pockets to the Maserati-logoed key case, the rich assortment of products reveals a rigorous attention to even the smallest of details. Completing the collection are pure silk herringbone scarves, dark brown goat nappa driving gloves, and metal foldable sunglasses with leather detailing – the perfect accessories to excite the luxury sports car enthusiast in each of us.

Story Credits

Text by Patrick Chew

Maserati capsule collection

Maserati and Zegna produce capsule collection

Maserati capsule collection

Menswear designer Ermenegildo Zegna has produced a range of accessories for sports car marque Maserati.

The collaboration follows on from an April announcement that allowed for a Zegna-influenced interior on the 2016 Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte.

An aviator-style jacket, driving gloves, calfskin tote bag, cowhide wallet, silk scarf, and folding sunglasses form part of the collection.

The motoring-oriented wardrobe was introduced on the occasion of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show where, two years prior, a limited edition Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna had been unveiled.

Maserati Kubang Picture

Maserati Levante Set to Debut in 2016

Maserati Kubang Picture

Shortly after Maserati unveiled the Kubang concept (pictured above) at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, rumors began circulating that a production version would be offered.

It didn’t take too long for Maserati to confirm its first ever SUV, the Levante that will officially debut at the 2016 Detroit show.

The crossover takes its name from the Via Emilia Levante in Bologna, where the Maserati brothers, about a century ago, dreamed up the company that today still bears their names.

The Maserati Levante will utilise the same platform as the current Quattroporte luxury sedan. When launched, the Levante will rival the likes of the Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Sport and BMW X5.

The official unveiling may arrive as early as 2016, and Maserati hopes to sell 37,000 units yearly before 2018.

 

Maserati Mostro

Zagato unveils monstrous Maserati

Maserati Mostro

Legendary coachbuilder  will pay tribute to long-time collaborator Maserati with a special new concept this weekend.

Set to debut at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy, the new Mostro concept will honour the specialised 1957 Maserati 450S Costin Zagao Coupe raced by Sir Stirling Moss at Le Mans.

The new Mostro, whose name is actually the Italian word for “Monster”, will be built in a limited run of five cars, all of which have already been sold.

Maserati Mostro interior

The Mostro is built almost entirely from carbon fiber — it permeates every body panel, although the MonCell is a mix of carbon fiber and steel tubing — and power comes from a Ferrari-Maserati-developed 4.2-liter V8 engine.

Like its automotive inspiration, this car is built for the track. It has double wishbone suspension and pushrod actuated shock absorbers to minimize unsprung weight, while its six-speed semi-automatic transmission is rear mounted for better weight distribution.

Maserati Mostro

And while its makers promise that like the original, it will dominate a racing circuit, it will be totally road legal too and it’s understood that the huge, fixed rear wing is removable for a better cruising aesthetic.

Bulgari Octo Maserati

Bulgari Octo Maserati Chronograph

Bulgari Octo Maserati

The Bulgari Octo Maserati special edition chronograph will be limited to 1914 individually numbered examples and has been devised to mark Maserati’s centenary.

Described as a “distinctive and exceptional sports watch,” the chronograph features a 41.5 mm diameter hand-finished face so that its three inset dials are easy to read even at a quick glance.

The timepiece uses a self-winding chronograph movement, fitted with 45 jewels. It also has a 50-hour reserve so that it is always ready to time a lap or an entire endurance race.

Often, collaborations between watchmakers and car companies can cross the line that separates bold and ostentatious, particularly when it comes to co-branding.

SEE ALSO: BULGARI OCTO MASERATI WATCH

Octo Maserati back

Thankfully the Bulgari Octo Maserati stays on course by integrating the Maserati Trident subtly into the watch’s chronograph hand and by using the deep blue associated with Maserati as the palette for the watch face and its alligator skin strap which keeps the timepiece secure on the wearer’s wrist via a double-blade steel folding clasp with a safety fastening.

Another welcome design feature is placing the chronograph operation buttons on either side of the crown for extra protection and easier operation. Their position also ensures that the buttons don’t snag on clothes, accidentally starting or stopping the timer.

As well as being Maserati’s centenary, 2014 is also a symbolic year for Bulgari marking the Italian firm’s 130th year in business.

Maserati by Zanotta Capsule Collection

Maserati by Zanotta Capsule Collection 2014

Maserati by Zanotta Capsule Collection

Maserati has teamed up with luxury furniture studio Zanotta to unveil a capsule interiors collection at the 2014 Salone del Mobile design fair in Milan.

The Maserati by Zanotta Capsule Collection is a continuation of the pair’s first collaboration last year, which saw the release of the Maserati Grandtour Lounge Chair.

This year’s collection features a foot rest for the Grandtour, a Corina chair and a Maestrale table. Each piece has been designed by Ludovica+Roberto Palomba and was inspired by the style of Maserati cars.

The foot rest features a chrome base, also available in a nickel-plated glossy black finish. The quilted removable cover is available in dark grey, light grey or mud-colored leather.

Based on the curved aesthetics of Maserati’s car seats, the Corina chair comprises a metal rod frame with a leather cover. The steel frame comes in a chrome or nickel-plated glossy black finish, while the removable cover is made from quilted leather coupled with heat-bound polyester fiber.

In contrast, the Maestrale desk has a clean and linear form. Featuring a flat walnut top resting on a steel rod frame with a plywood or pigmented cowhide drawer, the combination of materials was chosen to “refer to the idea of know-how, common ground for Zanotta and Maserat.”

Maserati Lounge Chair

Grandtour Maserati armchair by Zanotta

The Maserati Lounge Chair by Zanotta

Maserati has finally launched its contemporary Lounge Chair by luxury furniture studio Zanotta.

Featuring the clean, geometric lines and shapes of the classic car brand, the Grandtour armchair is made from full-grain, untreated leather and comes in three color ranges — light grey, fango and dark grey.

Designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, the chair first went on display at the Salone del Mobile design fair in Milan in 2013, but has now been made available for wider purchase.

The Grandtour retails at $9,195. Salone del Mobile 2014 will run April 8-13.

Maserati Alfieri Concept (Video)

MASERATI is celebrating its centenary in style with the Alfieri, a stunning 2+2 GT concept named in honor of Alfieri Maserati, who founded the firm.

Maserati Alfieri concept car

It’s easy to build a concept car that can wow the crowds and generate excitement. A concept car doesn’t have to be road legal, it doesn’t have to be built from anything stronger than papier-mâché and it doesn’t need an engine.

Maserati Alfieri concept Geneva

What makes the Alfieri so promising is that it is a fully-working prototype and one that visually pays homage to a host of glorious historic Maseratis, from the A6 GCS-53 to the 1959 5000 GT and the 1969 Indy and beyond.

Its lines are strong, but uncluttered and the car seems ready to pounce, thanks to 21-inch rear and 20-inch front wheels.

Maserati Alfieri concept

Inside, the minimalism continues. The simple, two-tone floating dashboard is built around a central touchscreen while the floor is finished in a material that looks like oxidized steel, the material of choice for 1950s racecars.

Maserati Alfieri concept interior

There are other metallic highlights, too — such as the use of milled aluminum for the seat inserts, clock surround and gear lever which have then been hand-finished and anodized in a natural copper hue.

Under the hood, the Alfieri has a 4.7-liter V8 (without turbo) which delivers its 460bhp to the rear wheels via a six-speed electro-actuated gearbox.

Maserati Alfieri Concept

With that much power on tap Maserati has also been wise to fit the car with carbon ceramic brakes with Brembo brake calipers.

Kia K900 Morpheus Super Bowl commercial

Super Bowl 2014: Top car commercials

Here are the best car commercials from this year’s SuperBowl!

Kia K900 Morpheus Super Bowl commercial

Kia

Promoting Kia’s first rear-wheel drive luxury sedan in a Super Bowl commercial, Laurence Fishburne reprises his role in the Matrix trilogy.

An unsuspecting couple meets Morpheus at a valet stand. He presents them with two choices: a red key or a blue key. Should they choose wisely, they’ll never look at luxury—or Kia—the same again.

Audi

For 2014, Audi’s promotion of its anticipated A3 line has resulted in the conception of a “Doberhuahua” to illustrate how their car captures sport, luxury and design without compromise.

Maserati

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” star and Oscar-nominated child actor, Quvenzhane Wallis, takes the lead role in this commercial for the new, more affordable Maserati Ghibli sedan.

Jaguar

It pays to be mean, at least when you’re behind the wheel of the Jaguar F-Type sports car. Sir Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong, and Tom Hiddleston starred in this dramatic tribute to the charms of the British bad guy.

Honda

Bruce Willis asks people to hug someone that matters to them to illustrate that, for Honda, safety is very real and very important.

Chrysler

The Official Chrysler 200 Super Bowl Commercial featuring Bob Dylan.

Toyota

Room for a whole flock of chickens, Terry Crews, a grand piano and the Muppets, but no room for boring. Sing along and see the all-new Toyota Highlander in the roomiest Big Game Ad of all time!

Volkswagen

In the 2014 Game Day commercial from Volkswagen, watch as a father tells his daughter that every time a Volkswagen hits 100,000 miles, a German Engineer gets his wings.

Ford

Comedian Rob Riggle demonstrates what #NearlyDouble actually means in the Big Game commercial from Ford. But why does Rob look so much like… James Franco?

Chevrolet

This 2014 Chevy Super Bowl commercial is the story about the new bachelor in town.

A Silverado pick-up truck is the mode of transportation in this commercial. However, the truly moving part of this ad was its touching celebration of cancer survivors.

Hyundai

Jeep

This Jeep Super Bowl spot makes you want to go hiking, skydiving, or simply get away from it all – in a Jeep Cherokee sport-utility, of course. Jeep wants its customers to stay restless, as seen in this big game commercial.

Maserati Headphones

Bowers & Wilkins Reveals Maserati Headphones

The Bowers & Wilkins P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones Maserati Edition is the latest in a growing range of premium audio products aimed directly at music-loving luxury Italian car owners.

Maserati Headphones

The special headphones use the same natural grain leather found in Maserati cabins and, of course, sport the car company’s famous trident badge.

They also come with a special quilted leather carrying pouch and have a dedicated made-for-iPhone cable so that songs don’t have to be interrupted to take a call when out and about.

More importantly, the €399 headphones contain all of Bowers & Wilkins’ audio knowhow. That means over-ear speakers that use specially developed neodymium magnets and highly and equally special diaphragms for the clearest sound and the best natural external noise isolation.

The headphones follow a similar collaboration between the brands which resulted in a Maserati edition of Bowers & Wilkins recording studio-grade loudspeakers. But at €9000 a pair, they would have to be something special.

And, of course Bowers & Wilkins technology is why music sounds so good inside a Maserati. B&W is responsible for the sound systems inside the current Ghibli Quattroporte luxury sports sedans.

Maserati Centennial Logo

Maserati celebrating 100 years in 2014

Maserati is planning a series of activities to celebrate its first 100 years across all of its major world markets which will culminate in the official Maserati gathering in Modena September 19-21.

Over 250 classic Maseratis will be expected at the event which will include track races, processions and history lessons. Some of the marque’s greatest-ever creations will also go on display at the The Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari at a special exhibition also scheduled for the second half of 2014.

Maserati Centennial Logo

The exhibition is only possible because the car company is owned by Fiat — Ferrari’s parent company. Back when Maserati was in its racing pomp, the two marques were huge rivals.

Maserati opened its doors for business in Bologna, Italy, on December 1, 1914, led by Alfieri Maserati and two of his brothers, Ettore and Ernesto. And although it was focused on mechanical innovation and technology, it took the company 12 years to build its first car, but what a car it was.

Maserati Tipo 26B

The Tipo 26 beat all comers on its way to clinching victory at the Targa Florio and Indianapolis 500 and managing nine Formula One wins. In fact, its racing pedigree was greater and stronger than that of its closest rivals, Alfa Romeo and later, Ferrari.

And, like its rivals it also moved from the track to the road, and in 1947 launched its first passenger car, the A6 Grand Tourer, which although delightfully styled, was slower than its Italian contemporaries.

However, the car that cemented Maserati’s place in road car history was the original Quattroporte, which in 1963 was the world’s first four-door luxury sports tourer.

Maserati History

The same decade saw Maserati taken over by Citroen and entering the supercar fray with one epically designed car after another, from the Indy to the Bora and the Khamsin.

But Citroen sold the company to De Tomaso in 1975 and its fortunes hit the skids. It wasn’t until Fiat bought the brand in 1993 that it enjoyed a renaissance that it’s still undergoing today, thanks in no small part to serious financial investment and access to Ferrari, Fiat and Alfa Romeo technologies.

Maserati’s centenary celebrations will officially begin with the release of an official Centennial book “Maserati – A Century of History”, which goes on sale Friday.

Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna

Maserati Quattroporte by Ermenegildo Zegna

Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna

The result of a close collaboration between Ermenegildo Zegna and the Italian performance car maker, Maserati’s Quattroporte concept is expected to go into strictly limited edition production in 2014.

Playing with contemporary and classical design as inspiration, the interior has all the hallmarks of an executive sedan but the details are achieved using softer hues, such as mocha and greige, and with softer, more textured leathers and other natural fabrics to create a more welcoming cabin.

Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna interior

Outside, the car’s contrasting, reflective color has been achieved by using ultra-fine aluminum pigments that catch and bend the light, set into a gloss black primer coat and then finished with a platinum-effect top coat.

Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition

The car will make its official debut at this month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, which opens its doors to the public on September 10 and where Maserati is expected to give more details in terms of potential cost and how many examples constitutes ‘strictly limited’.

Maserati Quattroporte by Ermenegildo Zegna

Maserati Ghibli photo

New Maserati Ghibli now available with diesel engine

2014 Maserati Ghibli

Unveiled in April at the Shanghai Motorshow, the next-generation Maserati Ghibli is now available for order. Prices start at €66,500 and the first shipments are expected to arrive in September 2013.

The Ghibli maintains the same basic structure as the Quattroporte (chassis, suspension), only 29cm shorter and 50kg lighter. The interior includes an 8.4″ Maserati Touch Control screen, Poltrona Frau leather upholstery, a 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins stereo system, a wi-fi router and adjustable foot pedals.

The new sedan, designed to be both luxurious and sporty, is offered primarily with a 3.0L V6 TDI biturbo engine, with horsepower of up to 410. The S Q4 model is the top performer in the range, with maximum speeds of up to 284km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100km/h in just 4.8 seconds.

For the first time in Maserati’s history, the Ghibli is now available with a diesel engine. The Ghibli Diesel, featuring Start & Stop technology and fuel consumption of just 6L per 100km, was designed primarily for the European market.

The Ghibli, Ghibli S, Ghibli S Q4 and Ghibli Diesel all feature an 8-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift gate. The S Q4 stands out, however, for its all-wheel drive.

More than ever, the Italian luxury car manufacturer has now positioned the Ghibli as an alternative to more mainstream German sedans, such as the Mercedes E-Class, the BMW 5 Series or the Audi A6.

Bowers and Wilkins 805 Maserati Edition Speakers

Bowers & Wilkins 805 Maserati Edition Speakers

Bowers and Wilkins 805 Maserati Edition Speakers

Bowers and Wilkins is set to introduce the 805 Maserati Edition loudspeaker to celebrate its relationship with the Italian luxury car manufacturer.

The limited-edition product combines the performance of B&W’s 800 Diamond Series speakers with the aesthetics of Maserati’s famous interiors, according to the British speaker maker.

Bowers Wilkins 805 Maserati Speakers

The speaker features a two-way design with a Diamond Dome Tweeter and 6.5-inch Kevlar midrange driver. An advanced crossover network controls the drivers. The drivers are housed in a ported enclosure that incorporates B&W’s Flowport technology which is said to minimize port distortion.

B&W wraps the speaker in polished wood veneers including bird’s eye maple, along with Maserati’s famous leathers. The speaker also bears Maserati’s Trident symbol.

Bowers Wilkins 805 Maserati Edition Speakers

The 88dB sensitive 805 Maserati Edition is an 8-ohm speaker that has a stated frequency response of 49Hz to 28kHz. B&W recommends amplifiers rated between 50 watts to 120 watts.

Bowers and Wilkins 805 Maserati Speakers

Bowers & Wilkins expects the 805 Maserati to go on sale sometime during Q4 of this year, as a limited edition piece. Pricing has yet to be determined. Via Cepro.

Chinese guy destroys his own Maserati – Why?

Maserati Destroyed China

A wealthy Chinese Maserati owner has hired four sledgehammer-wielding men to smash up his $420,000 supercar in protest at poor customer service, the Qingdao Morning Post reports.

The car owner, identified only by his surname Wang, had the group attack the Maserati Quattroporte at the opening of an auto show in the eastern city of Qingdao in Shandong province.

Video images showed the men going about their task with gusto, leaving the vehicle with a shattered windscreen and mirrors, the grille broken and dents to the bodywork. It was draped in a banner accusing the Italian manufacturer of poor decision-making.

Wang bought the luxury car in 2011 for 2.6 million yuan, the report said — around 100 times the average income of Chinese urban residents last year.

But problems first arose when he took it back to the dealer for an unspecified repair, with staff charging him for new spare parts despite using used ones. It later failed to fix a problem with a door and scratched the vehicle, he added.

“I hope foreign luxury car producers acknowledge clearly that Chinese consumers are entitled to get the service that is commensurate with the brand,” Wang said.

Maserati’s China arm said the company and its dealer in Qingdao had responded to the customer’s complaint and it regretted his decision.

“We deeply regret that the customer decided to terminate bilateral talks in such a sudden manner,” it said in a statement read to AFP by an employee.

In 2011 a businessman also in Qingdao destroyed a three million yuan Lamborghini after failing to get problems with the engine and other car parts repaired properly.