Thursday, 26 July 2012

CDC Quattroporte

I've always had a soft spot for the Maserati Quattroporte. It's a brilliantly unassuming gentleman's express that the uninitiated will guess is little more than a luxurious 7-series rival, while those in the know grin when they see one pass by in the hope that the driver (never chauffeur) might blip the throttle a few times. There's a lot of cultured Modenese firepower under the bonnet. (Also, I've always fancied a classic Maserati Mexico, and the fifth-generation Quattroporte is like a modern four-door Mexico with a howling supercar V8, kind of.)
They don't tend to attract the attention of the tuners though, so this CDC Performance example is interesting. It's got 580bhp and 420lb.ft of torque for a start, while some enormous brakes reside behind those 22" wheels. There are swathes of carbon-fibre outside and some, er, unusual quilted leather within, but the CDCQ is really about two key things: firstly, performance - it'll do 0-60mph in 4.6s and go on to 186mph, which is mighty impressive given the size of it. The second is the noise: scroll down to the video and you'll hear something special...
Pics via CarBuzz.

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