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CON­VINC­ING buy­ers that pas­sion and prag­ma­tism can co­in­cide is the key for Maserati to in­crease sales eight-fold to 50,000 ve­hi­cles by 2020. The new Qu­at­tro­porte V6 and V8 are the first steps in that process. The Qu­at­tro­porte will be the head­line act in a play that Maserati ex­pects to earn main­stream ap­peal on the ba­sis of the smaller— and cheaper — Ghi­bli sports car and the Le­vante SUV.

The logic fol­lows the Porsche ap­proach of main­tain­ing top-end ca­chet while de­vel­op­ing vol­ume mod­els that spin the sports car her­itage in a new di­rec­tion. First im­pres­sions of the Qu­at­tro­porte show the Ital­ian maker is on the right road.

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The Qu­at­tro­porte V8 ar­rives in Aus­tralia in Septem­ber with the V6 fol­low­ing two months later. Prices haven’t been fi­nalised for ei­ther model but Maserati Aus­tralia head Glen Sealey says they will re­flect the lift in stan­dard fea­tures.

ex­pects the V8 to cost about $320,000; the six

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