CDC Performance Adds Superchargers and Style to Maserati Quattroporte [w/ Video]
The Maserati Quattroporte is, despite or because of its sensuous Pininfarina styling, growling Ferrari-based V8 and not-quite-full-size dimensions, something of a bit player in the large luxury sedan market. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Jaguar XJ and even the Porsche Panamera seem to be ahead of it on most prospective buyers' list of candidates. And that's just sad, becuase the current more-door Maser is a sweet ride.
So if the Quattroporte is already stylish, sporty, plush and uncommon compared to the competition, what is there to be gained by letting a tuner go to town on it? As it turns out, plenty. Exhibit A is the crimson Quattroporte seen here that has been massively modified by CDC Performance.
CDC Performance, a newly-formed sub-brand of CDC International, starts off with a carbon fiber body kit comprised of a new front bumper, rear bumper with diffuser, side skirts, rear spoiler, roof spoiler and mirror caps. The spoilers, diffuser, mirror caps, side skirts and front splitter are unpainted, adding some lightweight bling to the mostly red exterior. The headlight and taillight lenses have been treated to the blacked out/smoked look. And the black 22" wheels also break up the sea of red, as well as making more room for the big honkin' brakes (16" rotors in front, 15" in back).
That extra stopping power is necessary, considering what CDC Performance has done under the hood. The 4.2L V8 now breathes through not one but two superchargers, an intercooler, and a custom exhaust system. These enhancements work in concert to deliver 572hp and 420 lb.-ft of torque, increases of 172 and 81, respectively. The factory stock 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters remains in place to tickle the propshaft.
Of course, the engine tweaks improve straight-line performance. How much? How does sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds and maxing out at 186 mph strike you? Not to shabby for a big premium label sedan.
And speaking of not shabby, the retrimmed interior definitely fits that description. The seats, dashboard top, door panels, center console and even the ceiling are draped in diamond-stitched black leather with red stitching and piping. The dash trim, console trim, sill plates and other areas are covered in carbon fiber, and there's a set of CDC Performance gauges living inside the instrument binnacle.
CDC Performance hasn't said what all these bits and pieces will cost, but we're guessing it's somewhere between "That's a lot of stuff for the money." and "You want HOW MUCH?" Regardless of what the tab is, it's kind of hard to put a price on making an already exclusive and desirable car even more exclusive and desirable. Oh, and making it wicked quick helps too.
Source: CDC Performance