Monday, December 14, 2009

Maserati Quattroporte Bellagio Fastback To Be Produced in Limited Series

If “Carozzeria Touring Superleggera’s” prime objective was to impress us with the two unique vehicles that they presented at the Concorso d'Eleganza classic car show, then we’re obliged to say that they succeeded. Like the A8CGS Berlinetta Coupe (click here), the Bellagio Fastback Touring is based on a series Maserati and in particular, the Quattroporte Sedan.

The Italian coachbuilder’s design team did a wonderful job in turning the Quattroporte sedan into fastback/station-wagon hybrid. And while the Bellagio retains the same exact exterior dimensions as the sedan, it’s more practical and it also boasts an additional 50 liters of trunk space at 500lt (sedan’s 450lt) which can be boosted to 1,500lt if you drop down the folding rear seats.

Moreover, the transformation of the Quattroporte into a fastback did not have any serious impact on the overall weight as according to Carozzeria Touring, the Fastback weighs a mere 50 kg / 110 lbs more than the sedan.

Equipped with the same 400 Hp 4.2-liter V8 engine as the sedan, the Bellagio Fastback Touring manages to go from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.2 sec and on to a top speed of 275 km/h or 171 mph – same exact figures as the Quattroporte sedan.

So it’s beautiful, practical and fast, but will they build it? Yes, Carozzeria Touring officially announced that the Bellagio Fastback Touring will be produced in a limited edition run. Customers will be able to further personalize the Bellagio with different colours, interiors, materials and extras. According to the Italian coachbuilder “prices will be identical or even lower than equivalent sportscars” – whatever that means…

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