Times are tough, and even some of the wealthy may be making more-than-normal use of their ultra-exclusive credit cards such as American Express' Centurion Card, commonly known as the Black Card. But that membership entitles cardholders to special benefits, one of which was admission to the unveiling of a new special-edition Maserati Quattroporte designed with the Centurion theme.

The Maserati Quattroporte for Centurion, as the car is called, is available in two trim levels, though every individual car will be built to order. The primary differences are the choice between a standard 4.2L 400hp (298kW) V8 and a 4.7L 430hp (320kW) V8 like that found in the Quattroporte S and GranTurismo S.

When equipped with the smaller engine, the car is good for a 5.6 second 0-62mph (100km/h) sprint, while the larger engine cuts that time to just 5.4 seconds. Similarly, the 4.2's top speed comes at 167mph (268km/h), while the 4.7 can hit 174mph (280km/h).

Both cars get clad in a special Nero Carbonio (carbon black) paint, outfitted with a contrasting Bianco Polare (polar white) leather interior by Poltrona Frau. Centurion logos are embossed onto the headrests, each car bears a bespoke numbered plaque and titanium-colored trim accents the cabin. LED rear light clusters and 20in polished rims wrap up the exterior modifications.

Pricing for the 4.2L variant starts at £88,315 ($124,000), while the 4.7L takes off from £94,185 ($132,000).