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Justin Timberlake and Maserati Bringing the Sexy Back!

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In 2004 Maserati stunned the world with the 5th generation of the Quattroporte sedan.  C’mon- it sported an engine from the Ferrari factory and sounded amazing.  It looked like a slick Italian mobster in a beautifully cut Caracini suit.  In 2006, Justin Timberlake did the same feat with the smash single Sexy Back- it too sounded amazing.  Then both comfortably lived their lives on their laurels and were relatively quiet, with minor updates and roles, respectively.

Well in 2013 and both are bringing the Sexy BACK!    Especially Maserati.  We are excited about the 1200-plus-watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system.  The stalwart British manufacturer has built audio systems for Jaguar, but this should be the first time the Brits invade the Italians.  Add some in-car WiFi and a 8-plus-inch control screen that seems to have not been designed by an Italian frustration expert.  We are very excited.  More details to come as we get them.  No word if JT will sell some MySpace stock for the privilege.

Other features include:

All-new, Maserati-designed 3.8-litre, twin turbo V8 and 3.0-litre, twin turbo V6 engines

Direct-injection V8 delivers 530 CV and up to 710 Nm

of torque. 0-100 km/h acceleration in 4.7 seconds and top speed 307km/h

Class-leading specific power output 139 hp/litre and specific torque output 171Nm/litre. Class-leading weight-to-power ratio 3.6 kg/hp

V6 twin-turbo delivers 410CV and its 550Nm is greater than the torque peak in the outgoing Quattroporte Sport GT S

V6 twin turbo accelerates to 0-100 in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 285 km/h

V8 curb weight has been reduced by almost 100 kg

Both V8 and V6 models use an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission

AWD system, available on V6 models, capable of redistributing torque instantly from full rear wheel drive at higher speeds to a near perfectly balanced 50/50 distribution between front and rear wheels when more traction is needed

Traditional handling excellence with near 50:50 weight distribution in RWD vehicles

Longer wheelbase creates increased leg and shoulder room and trunk space

Five or four-seat layouts available, including work space and entertainment options

New cabin features include WiFi WLAN hotspot, 15 speaker, 1280 Watt Bowers and Wilkins premium surround system, 8.4″ Maserati Touch Control screen

Designed and engineered by Maserati and manufactured to new benchmark quality standards in its all-new plant in Torino, Italy

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