Quattroporte III

1978 Maserati Quattroporte III - exterior view of the classic 5-seater sedan
1978 Maserati Quattroporte III - interior view of the classic 5-seater sedan

The third generation of Maserati’s luxury sedan more than made up for the Quattroporte II. Alejandro De Tomaso—no fan of Citroën—discarded all Citroën technology used on the Quattroporte II. Mechanical parts came from the Kyalami, and the Quattroporte was again powered by a Maserati V8 engine and rear-wheel drive. The impressive body of the Quattroporte III was designed by Giugiaro and the steel body shells were built at the Innocenti plant near Milan, prior to assembly in Modena. When the car went on sale in 1979, it was an instant commercial success. In 1987, a restyled version called Quattroporte Royale offered an upgraded interior and more powerful 4.9-liter engine. Production of the Quattroporte III continued until 1990, with a total of 2,145 examples made.

Data sheet Quattroporte 4.2Quattroporte 4.9Quattroporte Royale
Model code Tipo AM330Tipo AM330/49Tipo AM330/49
Body type 4-door, 5-seater saloon 4-door, 5-seater saloon 4-door, 5-seater saloon
Design GiugiaroGiugiaroGiugiaro
Production years 1979 - 19831978 - 19881987 - 1990
Maserati era De TomasoDe TomasoDe Tomaso
Numbers produced 69202551
Chassis Steel platform chassisSteel platform chassisSteel platform chassis
Kerb weight1,780 - 1,975kg1,780 - 1,975kg1,780 - 1,975kg
Engine configuration90° V8, double overhead camshaft90° V8, double overhead camshaft90° V8, double overhead camshaft
Maximum power 255hp @ 6,000rpm 280hp @ 5,600rpm 300hp @ 5,800rpm
Top speed 215km/h220km/h230km/h
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