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Published by: Mark Tisshaw, AUTOCAR magazine, on 10 August 2020.

Maserati reveals hardcore Trofeo Ghibli and Quattroporte saloons.

New range-topping variants arrive with Ferrari-derived 572bhp V8 engines, 203mph top speeds.


Maserati has fitted a 572bhp twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre petrol V8 engine in its Ghibli and Quattroporte to create new range-topping super-saloons.

The Trofeo-badged pair are the fastest standard Maserati production cars yet, capable of a 203mph top speed. The Mercedes-AMG C63-rivalling Ghibli Trofeo, the first Ghibli to feature a V8, can crack 0-62mph in just 4.3sec. The Quattroporte Trofeo, which lines up against the likes of the BMW M5, takes 0.2sec more.

Maserati recently launched a mild-hybrid petrol Ghibli as it gears up for a big electrification push, yet the Italian marque wants to not only protect high-performance petrol variants but also to see them thrive.

The Trofeo saloons join the Levante Trofeo SUV, which was launched here last year. It uses the same Ferrari-derived engine and has now had minor updates to match the saloons.

Whereas the Levante Trofeo has four-wheel drive, the saloons are rear-wheel-drive, with power sent through a ZF-supplied eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Peak power of 572bhp arrives at 6750rpm, while peak torque of 538lb ft is created at 2250-5250rpm.

Maserati has added a new Corsa driving mode to the super-saloons, which improves throttle and engine responses, quickens gearshifts, fully opens the exhaust valves, stiffens and lowers the suspension and limits the intervention of the electronic chassis control systems. It also includes a Launch Control function.

Both saloons get muscular styling upgrades to distinguish them from their lesser siblings and improve aerodynamic efficiency and cooling. Larger (21in) alloys are also fitted.

There are sporty new trims and leather sports seats inside to match, along with Maserati’s latest MIA infotainment, which is controlled via an enlarged (10.1in over 8.4in) touchscreen. Maserati hopes this new sixth-generation four-door will boost its sales, but does it offer the necessary blend of performance and comfort?

The Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo are available to buy now, with the former at £103,890 and the latter at £126,890.

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Now I get why Aston, et al are making these things and why they sell. And I would have one in a heartbeat if offered a free one and possibly if I had millions in the bank I could be tempted to buy one.
But they don't make sense. Like the Cayenne, Levante, Urus, Macan, etc, Its not a sports car / GT nor is it an off roader. And 90% will never be driven to anywhere near its ability on or off road.

Its a toaster-kettle. Yes it can warm bread, yes it can warm water, but it doesn't do either as well as a dedicated appliance.
I had a Jeep Grand Cherokee (WJ), drove it all over Europe, went proper off roading in etc. Now the X3 (F25) that replaced it beat it hands down on road, its cornering ability was quite amazing for a 4x4, but still not as good as my 5 Series (E61) on M sport suspension.

Like the Bentayga, Cullinan etc, the real purpose is to demonstrate your wealth and/or to clog up waitrose car parks. I would rather have the Rapide.

Still, its a lovely looking beast and that is a really nice colour. (A £5k option apparently). Harry Metcalfs review is really good. not so sure about the white steering wheel. But Aston does make some pretty looking machinery

Now what about the Aston Martin ROMA.....

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oh, its a Ferrari you say.... interesting.....

still very pretty
 
Published by: Autocar magazine, on 18 August 2020.

Best selling cars of all time, from each car maker.

We look back at the best sellers throughout history, and some may surprise you.

We all have a pretty good idea of what the best selling cars of today are.


But our recent feature on the top sellers in every car market got us thinking – what are the individual brands’ biggest selling cars of all time?

So we reached for our calculator and started digging – some of the information was easy to find, others less so. And some of the results were surprising – many car marque best-sellers were last sold a long time ago, so join us on an intriguing journey.

We’ve ranked them from the smallest-selling car all the way through to the largest . . .

(Slide show . . . ).


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Note: Some very nice "screen-saver" type photos, but the title is misleading.

It is NOT the best selling car/model (shape), BUT the most popular car NAME !! For eaxample, it lists the Jaguar "XJ" (1968 - present), with a total of "one million", as Jaguar's most popular, although that name includes THREE x "Series" of the original designed by Sir William Lyons; it includes THREE x versions of the XJ40 designed by Jim Randle; and, TWO x subsequent aluminium bodied XJ.

To my knowledge the one Jaguar car that has outsold all others, is the X-Type (X-400), with 300,000'ish sales (saloon and estate).
 
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An early version of the Renault 4L
I had one in the UK. Kept me mobile throughout most of the 1980s. Even for the months when I was Adjutant in Cardiff, commuting back to Edinburgh every weekend, to see my son. Ear defenders WERE worn! ;) .
 
I had one in the UK. Kept me mobile throughout most of the 1980s. Even for the months when I was Adjutant in Cardiff, commuting back to Edinburgh every weekend, to see my son. Ear defenders WERE worn! ;) .
With the Citroën Méhari, the "4L" was the workhorse of the French armed forces for about 30 years. It was the signature car of the regimental postman and it is said the Gendarmerie selected it because one can keep his képi while driving a 4L....
 

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Now I get why Aston, et al are making these things and why they sell. And I would have one in a heartbeat if offered a free one and possibly if I had millions in the bank I could be tempted to buy one.
But they don't make sense. Like the Cayenne, Levante, Urus, Macan, etc, Its not a sports car / GT nor is it an off roader. And 90% will never be driven to anywhere near its ability on or off road.
While I completely agree, the justification by Porsche et al is that the abomination of the Cayenne (and even worse, the Urus for Lamborghini) enables the companies to continue to develop and make sports cars. The Urus outsells the rest of Lamborghini put together.
 

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