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2008 Maserati Quattroporte - Review


Maserati's Quattroporte saloon first debuted back in 2004 as a concept before going on sale as an almost identical production version later that same year. Initial tests of the car led to one common criticism – the lack of an authentic automatic transmission. Its electronic-actuated Duoselect manual gearbox was derived from the same unit used by Ferrari, a design based on the automated manual gearbox used in its Formula One race cars. The logical decision would have been to use it in a sports car and not a flagship saloon like the Quattroporte. That’s not to say that the Quattroporte is a car devoid of a sporting nature, just that the violent and abrupt shifts of the Duoselect are simply not suitable for a premium executive saloon.

Now, three years after the release of the original, the Modenese marque has finally filled the gap and introduced a new automatic gearbox, a six-speed unit from ZF to be sold alongside the Duoselect version. With the introduction of the German...
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