The fifth generation Maserati Quattroporte, M139, was launched in 2003 and went into production in 2004.
The Pininfarina face lifted M139 model appeared in January 2008 with redesigned bumpers, sills, side mirrors, a convex front grille with vertical bars, new headlights and tail lights with directional bi-xenon main beams and LED indicator lights.
The weight of the steel body is kept low by use of an aluminium boot lid / trunk lid and bonnet / hood, the aerodynamic co efficient of the body is Cd 0.35.
Three V8 motor options were available for the 2008 to 2012 Quattroportes with power outputs from 400 to 440 hp.
60 mph could be reached in under six seconds from rest by all three variants likewise the top speed was at least 168 mph for all three.
Like the first Maserati 5000GT which was built at the request of the Shah of Iran the first Maserati Quattroporte was built at the request of a customer, in the Quattroporte’s case the interested party was none other than Imam and business man Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan IV who ordered a special Maserati 5000, chassis #103,060, with a body designed by Pietro Frua that was built by Vignale in 1962.
The following year Maserati commenced building production versions known as the ‘Tipo 107’ Quattroporte with 265hp 4,136 cc / 252 cui V8 motors and either five speed manual or 3 speed automatic transmissions.
Top speed for the first 230 Quattroportes built between 1963 and 1966 was claimed to be 143 mph.
In 1966 all Quattroportes were fitted with the US spec quadruple headlights as seen on this early 1968 example and from later in 1968 they were fitted with an upgraded 295hp 4.7 litre motor which increased the top speed to 160 mph which made the model the worlds fastest four door saloon / sedan.
500 Quattroportes were built between 1966 and the end of production in 1969.
Although production of the second generation Quattroportes did not commence until 1974 the Aga Khan and King of Spain took delivery of Quattroportes built on AM 121 Maserati Indy derived chassis in 1974. New Maserati owners Citroen pulled the plug on the Indy based Quattroporte before it went into full scale production.
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