Last week marked the arrival of the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte here at Twin Cities luxury Auto. “It was a welcome break from the dreary spring we had been having and there’s nothing like a lot of action on the show floor to really wake everybody up out of our wintery hibernation and remind us that we still work with some of the most fantastic vehicles available today” said Service Manager Michael Ashby.
The beautifully redesigned luxury vehicle features both v6 and v8 engine options and pricing falls just north of $100,000. Sales Associate Q Ballard agrees that “The All-New Quattroporte has incredible lines and the sculpted body is nothing short of astonishing.” The new vehicle is packed with technological improvements including a rearview camera for parking and reverse assist, keyless entry and a push button start, a first for Maserati. The new model has more power than the outgoing model but with the addition of AWD it will be a great year-round option. “Because we live and work in Minnesota, a beautiful state regardless of the season, an AWD Maserati makes sense.” Says Digital Marketing Specialist Kevin Finley.
You could feel the excitement amongst the guests as they arrived and saw the car displayed under full covers. When the time came to finally reveal the car, a collective round of applause greeted the newest addition to the Maserati line-up. “The reaction was very positive and more people than I anticipated were drawn to the V6 engine variant,” said Ashby.
Ashby explains, “As the engine was started on the V8 car it was clear that Maserati engineers had been able to keep the seductive yet throaty rumble from the old car alive in this all-new twin turbo V8. This car boasts a massive increase of almost 80hp over the old model, which really moves this car into a league of its own in terms of sports capability and luxury trappings.”
We were very pleased with the turnout of the event and we would like to thank those of you in attendance for helping us to welcome this beautiful addition to the Maserati line-up. The Quattroporte will return once again here at Twin Cities Luxury Auto in June 2013. If you have any questions or are interested in placing an order, give us a call at (952) 797-1777.
The official debut of Maserati’s four-door sports sedan, the 2014 Ghibli will take place at the Shanghai Motor Show later on this month, but Maserati has just released a few official images to the press. This vehicle will be available with two turbocharged 3.0 liter v6 engines, an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear wheel drive along with the new Q4 all-wheel drive system. For more information check out the official Press Release below:
This year Twin Cities Luxury Auto made a trip to New York City for the 113th Annual New York International Auto Show. We saw all the hottest new models and got to experience all the excitement that comes along with one of the nation’s largest auto shows. We are thrilled to be able to share our exclusive footage with you of some of the brands offered here at Twin Cities Luxury Auto.
The new Bentley Flying Spur, the world’s most refined performance sedan, made its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show. “We’re excited to show the new Flying Spur in one of Bentley’s most important markets in the world — New York,” said Christophe Georges, President and COO, Bentley Motors, Inc. Check out our footage from the press conference below.
The completely refreshed Bentley was clearly designed with comfort and luxury in mind and embraces styling cues from the Mulsanne as well as the Continental GT. Exterior updates include a lower roof profile, sharper lines, and rounded surfaces, which make this vehicle appear lower and wider than its predecessor. Under the hood, the Flying Spur features a twin-turbocharged 6.0 W12 liter engine that helps the vehicle to achieve 0-60mph in just 4.3 seconds. The new Flying Spur will reach top speeds of 200-mph making this the fasted four-door sedan Bentley has ever produced. The interior is updated with over 600-new components including the latest in entertainment features. Check out our video below to learn more.
Since we often see a number of Porsche models on our Show Floor here at TCLA, we thought you would enjoy exclusive coverage of the all-new 2014 911 GT3. The 911 celebrated 50 years in the U.S. by debuting at the New York Auto Show. The GT3 is equipped with a 3.8-litre flat-six cylinder engine that generates 475 horsepower. The new 911 is quicker than its predecessor with an estimated 0-60 sprint of just 3.3 seconds. A new front splitter and fully functional rear wing elements provide significant aerodynamic down force. Keep your eye out for the GT3 in the US this fall with an expected base price around $130,000.
Check out our photo album below that features a number of different luxury and exotic vehicles that we saw at the New York International Auto Show.
Twin Cities Luxury Auto is proud to present two of our finest vehicles in inventory at the 2013 Twin Cities Auto Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Gracing Luxury Lane is a 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport finished in Rosso Trio and a 2013 Bentley Continental GT V8 in Dragon Red – an absolute stunner.
The exhilaration of driving a Bentley to the Convention Center, and further driving the new Continental GT V8, a vehicle that can cost over 200k, is just something not many people get to experience. While the drive was nice, and the process of getting into Luxury Lane a little stressful, overall I think that for possible future clients the only thing they’ll experience is pure joy. The GT V8 is a great option for those potential buyers who want the best new thing to come from the Crewe factory, and want to see how a V8 performs in Coupe as opposed to the much larger Mulsanne. With the addition of the V8 engine comes better fuel and engine management systems as well as the new release color in Dragon Red.
As for the Maserati, this GranTurismo will turn heads and keep people talking long after you’ve passed them by. With a Ferrari-assembled engine, the GranTurismo Sport just doesn’t sound like anything else on the road, save for a Ferrari. The engineers and designers in Italy have prided themselves on creating one of the most exhilarating and best looking and sounding cars in history. While its looks may suggest otherwise, this elegant refined Maserati has a mean side and when switched over to Manual Sport mode break neck acceleration is right at your fingertips.
The 2013 Twin Cities Auto Show is open from March 9th to March 17th and features over $15 million in new vehicles. Cadillac, Hyundai, Kia, Lincoln, Ford and Nissan all have a presence plus many more brands across the spectrum. Come to Twin Cities Luxury Auto or any of Morrie’s dealerships and ask for a discounted ticket for the 2013 Twin Cities Auto Show. Also be sure to check out Luxury Lane and see the 2013 Bentley Continental GT V8 and the 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport. We’ll be looking for you!
Phase 3: The Roll Cage and Wrap
Phase 2: The Diet
If you’ve been following our blog, you know that we have teamed up with Morrie’s Minnetonka Mazda to build a Mazda2 B-Spec racecar for one of our loyal clients. To read about the racecar build from the beginning, check out our phase 1 blog post.
Since its mechanical makeover, our project B-Spec Mazda 2 has since been on a weight loss regimen. With the last encounter, the Mazda 2 had a full mechanical makeover to fulfill SCCA requirements in the performance aspect of things. The next part of this adventure takes us to the diet.
Weight plays a key factor with any vehicles performance. When designing new vehicles, many manufactures and engineers struggle with finding new ways to make cars lighter. It plagues engine performance, efficiency, and handling. In racing, it also has the same negative effects. Since we are working on a production vehicle and need to comply with SCCA guidelines for showroom stock, the only way to lose weight is to pitch things we don’t need (which is pretty much everything inside the 2).
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.
Here at Twin Cities Luxury Auto we strive for perfection and aim to deliver exceptional customer service. Recently, our Sales Associate KG had the opportunity to do something special for one of his clients. Patrick was a previous customer of TCLA who decided he wanted to surprise his wife Sarah with her new vehicle so he decided to reach out to KG again. After finding the perfect vehicle for Sarah, KG set up a secret delivery by coordinating with her husband. KG met Patrick at Sarah’s workplace and parked the vehicle out back.
You can imagine the surprise that ensued when she walked outside to find her new car sitting there, decorated with a bow on top. Sarah says that it was one of the best surprises of her life and she was clearly pleased will the customer service that KG provided. To read Sarah’s blog post about the surprise click here.
We are lucky to have such wonderful staff members on board here at Twin Cities Luxury Auto and we hope that you find your experience to be just as impressive as Sarah did.
With America’s B-Segment booming, subcompact cars are becoming the fastest growing market in the United States today. Some attribute this to rising fuel costs or a down economy, but maybe today’s American car buyer is realizing Europe’s little secret: You don’t have to drive an SUV to haul your family of three.
One possibility may be more and more manufactures are going with the “less is more” motto. Today’s subcompact cars are safer, roomier, and offer the same technological capabilities as their bigger brothers. They have twice as much horsepower as their 1980′s counterparts, while still providing outstanding fuel economy. And lets not forget how devilishly handsome they have become. However, not everyone shares this perspective. If you strip down most subcompacts, they’re small, cheap, and underpowered. Sounds a bit degrading, unless you’re building a racecar. In that case, it actually sounds a bit enticing.
A few years ago, the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) developed a B Spec (subcompact) class that falls within the showroom stock category. Technical jargon aside, it was developed to create a class possessing the smallest, cheapest cars in a manufacturer’s line-up, while restricting engine modifications creating an even playing field. It seems they’ve created a class which caters to small, inexpensive, underpowered cars. Perfect for those on a tight budget or those looking for a new challenge. You could say SCCA took the “less is more” motto and ran with it.
Earlier this year, Twin Cities Luxury Auto was approached by a loyal client who was interested in building a new racecar. The client, a motorsports enthusiast, was drawn in by the principles of the B-Spec class: challenging, affordable and fun. So we sat down with the client and TCLA’s Michael Ashby, an experienced motorsports driver with Mazda, to discuss the ins and outs. After months of collaboration, the idea of building a spec series racecar became a reality.
With joint efforts of both Morrie’s Minnetonka Mazda and Twin Cities Luxury Auto, our Mazda 2 B-spec racecar build is underway. Please follow us on this journey and continue to check our progress here on the blog.
Power on Ice
Every year in February, Bentley invites car enthusiasts to their Power on Ice winter driving experience in Finland. During this getaway, guests have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Continental GT to drive on the frozen lakes of northern Finland while being led by a team of expert instructors. This getaway also includes some very luxurious accommodations.
The event kicks off with drinks and dinner at the Chalet Ruka Peak resort upon arrival. The following morning, guests are introduced to the Bentley driving team, and will then spend the morning on the ice under the guidance of an experienced driving professional.