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Maserati re-engineers its Quattroporte sedan to take a conventional automatic
13 Apr 2007
By CHRIS HARRIS
MASERATI has completely re-engineered its fourth-generation Quattroporte sports sedan to take a fully automatic hydraulic gearbox for the first time. Released in Australia from $269,000 – the same price as with the six-speed DuoSelect sequential-shift transmission – the new six-speed fully automatic Quattroporte is better-equipped to fight against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S500, BMW 750i and Audi A8. It costs the car a little in terms of performance, but more than compensates with smooth changes that more effectively complement the comfortable luxury four-door sedan.
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Maserati QuattroporteReleased: August 2004
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First introduced to Australia in August 2004, about a year after its European debut, the Quattroporte came with a six-speed semi-auto sequential manual transmission called DuoSelect. This electronically controlled unit had steering wheel paddle shifts and was a real manual, but also provided a fully automatic mode. This transmission was located at the rear axle, connected to the 4.2-litre V8 engine by a heavy, rigid propeller.
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