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The monstrous exhaust is housed in a 4.2 engine (400HP) with red brake calipers ($550), 19" ballpolished GSport
rims ($1,190) and Maserati caps on the wheels to re-air the tires. The engine explains itself, coupling a 6-speed
"Cambiocorsa" Transaxle with a computer controlled clutch. The Skyhook Suspension ($2,500) supports stability and
control. The 4 wheels have an ABS braking, ASR traction control system and MSP stability control systems. These are
the support for this enhanced Italian sports car. The exterior has Xenon front lights and a modified exhaust, and
in the rear a smart "Maserati" of carbon fiber houses the rear plate.
The interior is exceptional with black leather seats and with red trim piping, with carbon fiber appointment and
steering wheel ($2,600 Interior 2). The seat memory and heated seats ($755) are also other options. The Pioneer
Premier Stereo with Bluetooth and CD, coupled with the subwoofer in the trunk are add-ons. Also, the Escort
Passport SR7 detector is included; say no more.
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Auto blogMon, 17 Feb 2014
It's no secret that Super Bowl ad time is very, very expensive, with a 30-second spot for this year's game costing around $4 million. For Maserati, which aired a 90-second spot showing off its new Ghibli sedan during this year's game, the price was considerably above $4 million, though.
Automotive News estimates that the spot cost Maserati the equivalent of over $700 for each of the 15,400 vehicles sold last year. That works out to nearly $11 million. It may have paid off, though, as search traffic for Maserati and the Ghibli in particular saw a significant spike following the airing of the stylish commercial, and the brand's total sales were already on target for record levels before the ad aired.
The Ghibli "deserved a wide audience platform such as the Super Bowl," according to Maserati's chief marketing officer, Saad Chehab. The sports sedan is Maserati's most affordable entry, with prices starting around $67,000, moving the brand further downmarket than it's ever ventured before.
Can destroying a car be art? That question comes a bit too late for the Maserati Quattroporte seen above. The act depicted is from the music video for Adentro by Puerto Rican hip-hop act Calle 13 new single.
While the video is not yet online, the making-of featurette is available below and shows the luxury sedan getting beat with a baseball bat (and more) by the group's frontman René Pérez. According to Latin Gossip, Pérez wants to send his fans a message not to place too high a value in material objects. The Maserati represents a time in his life of too much excess, it seems...
The guy might have an argument, but it still seems pretty wasteful to destroy a perfectly good Italian sports sedan. We will be curious to see how far the destruction goes, but you can get a peak at it in the video below.
Maserati has been teasing its crossover project since 2011, which is when it first showed off the Kubang concept (pictured above). Still, the production version, rumored to be called the Levante, remains a complete mystery. The CUV was first rumored to borrow the platform from the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but new rumors indicate that the Italian, luxury crossover might actually take the underpinnings from the Quattroporte and Ghibli.
In a brief interview, Maserati CEO Harald Wester told CNN Money that the Levante wouldn't use Jeep's platform. Motor Trend spoke with an unnamed Maserati engineer who confirmed the rumor. Officially, the company says that no decision has been made.
We can add this to another long list of rumors about the Italian CUV. It was originally supposed to be built at Chrysler's Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit. Then, plans were changed to build it in Italy.