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  • DAP to decide next week who will run in Bukit Gelugor by-election
    DAP to decide next week who will run in Bukit Gelugor by-election

    The DAP central executive committee will discuss candidature of the Bukit Gelugor parliamentary seat for the upcoming by-election when it meets next Monday. Its secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said party leaders have, in the meantime, been told to refrain from making any announcement on the by-election to avoid distortion by mainstream media.... …

  • Don’t forget Pakatan’s common agenda, DAP reminds PAS as hudud row escalates
    Don’t forget Pakatan’s common agenda, DAP reminds PAS as hudud row escalates

    DAP will not bow to threats and will continue to resist the implementation of hudud as it is clearly unconstitutional, a party lawmaker said today. Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo (pic) said the party's stand on the Islamic penal law would not waver, especially as it was against the Pakatan Rakyat agenda. Gobind's father, the late Bukit Gelugor... …

  • Jalan Bukit Bintang stretch closed to traffic from today
    Jalan Bukit Bintang stretch closed to traffic from today

    The 500m stretch of Jalan Bukit Bintang between Chulan Square and Menara Worldwide will be closed to all traffic beginning today. Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp), in a statement today, said the closure was because of road rectification works following the detection of a depression beneath the pedestrian walkway in Jalan Bukit... …

  • KLIA2 found up to the mark, says Hisham

    The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has found the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) to be safe and that it meets international standards, says Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.   He said ICAO had prepared a preliminary technical audit report on April 18 and it had been tabled to the cabinet yesterday.   "I think we are on track and it makes me proud to say that what we have promised the public - that KLIA2 will open as scheduled - will happen," he said …

  • Dropping Tony Pua from forum will cost BN youth support, says former MCA veep
    Dropping Tony Pua from forum will cost BN youth support, says former MCA veep

    A former MCA vice-president has spoken out against the move by the Malaysia Summit Australia (MASA) Conference to drop opposition lawmaker Tony Pua from the forum, saying that it would cost Barisan Nasional crucial support from youths. In a series of tweets, Gan Ping Sieu (pic) said barring opposition leaders from the Pakatan Rakyat pact would... …

  • Search for MH370 looks set for next phase, says report
    Search for MH370 looks set for next phase, says report

    After almost seven fruitless week of searching for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, international agencies involved in the hunt are negotiating how to manage the next phase of the operation, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) said in a report. Malaysian and Australian officials are said to be hammering out a new agreement that will set out critical... …

Maserati unveiled the all-new Quattroporte at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit yesterday.  The sixth-generation Quattroporte may be more high tech but it stays true to its Maserati roots of powerful engines and large cabin luxury sports saloons.

The new Quattroporte is larger, weighs less, is more luxurious but more practical than the globally acclaimed car it replaces. It is also as fast as most two-door supercars with its 307km/h top speed.

The newly-developed direct-injection engines come in 3.8-litre V8 and 3.0-litre V6 variants, both of which are twin-turbocharged. They were designed by Maserati Powertrain and assembled by Ferrari at its Maranello plant. All versions come with ZF's latest eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Maserati Quattroporte: setting the benchmark for high quality engineering, supercar performance and luxury saloon …

The 530 bhp V8 may be the fastest four-door Maserati ever built but it is also the most powerful and the most fuel efficient with fuel consumption and emissions reduced by 20% compared to the outgoing Quattroporte. Reaching 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds easily, at its top speed of 307 km/h, it's 20 km/h faster than the existing Quattroporte Sport GT S and also capable of delivering 200 Nm more torque.

The V6 twin turbo Q4 All-Wheel Drive delivers similar performance with a top speed of 285 km/h. Unfortunately V6 Q4 models will be left hand drive only. The right hand drive markets will only have the V8 and V6 rear-wheel drives.

The “Q4” system is one of many firsts in the new Quattroporte. It's a system capable of redistributing the torque instantly from full rear wheel drive at higher speeds to a perfectly balanced 50/50 distribution between front and rear wheels when more traction is needed.

The wheelbase has been extended creating increased leg and shoulder room and boot space. The V8 also weight almost 100kg less than its predecessor.

While somethings change, somethings stay the same – the Quattroporte retains its traditionally exquisite handling thanks to its near 50:50 weight distribution, a double-wishbone front suspension and a state-of-the-art five-link rear suspension.

Also retained is the traditional hand-crafted interior though the cabin now boasts more space with four- and five-seat layouts. Traditional doesn't mean antiquated with state-of-the-art features like the Maserati Touch Control screen, adjustable pedals, reverse cameras and the optional 15-speaker, 1280 Watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system, as well as WLAN-based WiFi.

Back in 1963, Maserati invented the concept of the luxury sports saloon. Today in 2013, it still sets the benchmark for high quality engineering, supercar performance and luxury saloon comfort.

Prices start from £108,125 for the V8 and £80,070 for the V6. Delivery of the first units  begin in the summer.

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