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Another great Italian brand has made its entry into India. Maserati, once known for naming its cars after the various winds that blow across different parts of the world is now in India at a price that starts at Rs 1.2 crore to Rs 1.4 crore.

With three models on offer in India - the Quattroporte, the GT and GranCabrio, Maserati's entry represents pretty much the entire model range on offer across global markets. The Quattroporte saloon is priced in the range of Rs 1.23 to 1.43 crore, the GranTurismo from Rs 1.2 to 1.37 crore and the GranCabrio is priced at Rs 1.43 crore.

Maserati will begin operations by opening its first showroom in Mumbai later this year and a second one in New Delhi next year. Eventually, Maserati will be present across seven locations in India by 2015. Represented by Shreyans Motors who are also the distributors for Porsche, Ducati and Ferrari for India, the company hopes to sell about 100 units of the car at the end of the first year of operations.

Maserati, which is present in 63 countries sold over 5700 cars globally last year. The US which is its largest market was responsible for over a third of those sales.

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The Quattroporte is Maserati's flagship sports saloon and features a 4.7-litre V8 engine with power ranging from 425-440 bhp. Probably the first of the ultra-luxe sports saloons, the Quattroporte's competition includes the likes of the Aston Martin Rapide and Porsche Panamera, both of which are available in the Rs 1.3-2.4 crore price bracket. Beautiful to look at, the Ferrari derived V8 also sounds fabulous as we discovered in our January issue shootout featuring the Panamera, Mercedes-Benz S500 and a Quattroporte GTS.

The GT and Gran Cabrio are the coupe and cabriolet versions of the same car. The GranCabrio powered by same 4.7-litre V8 as the Quattroporte produces about 433 bhp while the GranTurismo or GT is powered by a 4.3-litre V8 with 405 bhp. The 4.7-litre GranTurismo S produces 440 bhp. Maserati's drop top features a canvas roof, quite like the one found on the Porsche 911.