Attending a major US auto show is something that every auto enthusiast needs to do before he dies. The shows in LA, Detroit and New York completely blow away shows like we have here in Minneapolis. These shows are the only places where you can see the latest and greatest offerings from the brands we sell — Bentley and Maserati. We were fortunate enough to attend the 2013 Detroit Auto show earlier this week and can say with confidence that Maserati and Bentley did not disappoint. Continue reading for full details plus images of other exciting new cars at the show.

Maserati

Detroit marked the much anticipated world debut of Maserati’s new Quattroporte. The new 2014 Maserati Quattroporte continues the tradition of Italian grand touring. Maintaining world-class performance matched with a functional, yet simplified interior, the new Quattroporte builds on past generations to deliver the best in style, space and comfort, and speed.

Losing close to 200lbs off the previous generation QP, the new Quattroporte will be a longer and more luxurious vehicle as well as quite a bit faster than the outgoing model. Accelerating to an astonishing 191mph, the Quattroporte will be the most powerful four-door Maserati ever built.

This time around, Maserati gives you two engine options. The 3.8-liter V8 engine employs twin turbochargers to produce some 523 horsepower. Coupled with rear wheel drive, this configuration sprints to 60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds. With the 2014 Quattroporte Maserati has entered the all-wheel drive luxury sedan market as well by incorporating a 3.0-liter twin turbocharged V6 yielding 404HP. With an all-wheel drive system capable of distributing torque front to back in a blindingly fast 150 milliseconds, drivers are afforded surefootedness and traction in all driving situations. This is a first for Maserati.

On the all-wheel drive V6 model standard equipment includes a power sunroof, adaptive Bi-Xenon headlamps, Rear-View camera, 8.4″ touch screen Garmin-based Navigation system, Keyless Entry-GO, Sport Skyhook Suspension, Heated Front Seats, Front and Rear parking sensors, adjustable foot pedals, and power rear side sun blinds.

The rear wheel drive V8 Quattroporte includes all of the standard features of the V6 model plus more. Additional standard options on the V8 include active shift paddles, high gloss wood trim, heated rear seats, power rear sunblind, performance brake calipers, 20″ wheels, and a premium 600-watt sound system.

We can begin ordering the 2014 Quattroporte in February and expect to see our first cars in late-Spring/ early summer.

 

Bentley

It seems like the folks at Bentley always have something up their sleeves to roll out at the major US auto shows. In LA it was the Bentley Continental GT Speed and in Detroit, they maintained the theme by debuting the Continental GT Speed Convertible. This car is not just another Bentley convertible though; it is the fastest four-seat convertible on the market today.

Peaking at 202 miles per hour and hitting 60 in 4.1 seconds, the GT Speed Convertible offers exhilarating supercar performance, yet maintains the high levels of comfort and luxury you expect from a Bentley. Powered by a 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged W12 the car generates 616 horsepower and 590 ft./lbs. of torque. Despite this power boost, Bentley was able to increase fuel economy by 15% and reduce CO2 emissions. When combined with the cars uprated 8-speed automatic transmission, uprated and lowered suspension and retuned steering, the GT Speed Convertible delivers sharp and communicable performance. And like all Bentley’s, the GT Speed Convertible comes standard with all-wheel drive, guaranteeing surefootedness in all driving conditions.

Sporty design cues have been added to the cars exterior that includes 21-inch wheels, distinct dark tint matrix grilles, rifled exhaust tips and the standard Mulliner driving specification. Inside the car is set off by its exclusive “Speed’ tread plates and most notably its Mulliner spec diamond quilted hide upholstery. Other optional finishes include the full range of fine wood veneers, dark tint machine spun aluminum reminiscent of Bentley racers of the 1930s, and a satin-finish Carbon Fiber option for fascia and center console.

On the inside, the Bentley GT Speed Convertible also features an updated infotainment system. Notable changes include satellite landscape imagery, live traffic data, and digital radio where available. The audio system also dynamically adjusts to work seamlessly with the acoustics of driving a convertible. Regardless of whether the top is up or down, the GT Speed Convertible offers superb audio quality.

All in all, the Bentley GT Speed Convertible brings a new level of excitement to the ultra premium convertible segment, coupling the refinement you expect from Bentley with supercar levels of performance.

Stop by the Morrie’s blog to see a full writeup on the 2013 North American Auto Show in Detroit.