1996 / 2001
Introduced in 1996, this model complemented the two V6 models with 2000 and 2800 cm3 outputs. With its 335 bhp, the V8 delivered surprising performance from a car weighing just 1,560 kg. The 3.2-litre engine was extremely smooth and quiet, providing a peaceful driving experience and a constant, even distribution of power that gave the impression of a classy sports car, with a ‘roar’ that had a great emotional impact. With the many improvements (around 400) made to the Evo version, this car became a real alternative to the German and British sports stars: the passenger compartment became even more comfortable, with a new stereo system, improved ergonomics (armrests, compartments for objects, controls, etc.), a more legible dashboard, etc. Since its introduction in 1996, the 3.2 V8 has been the preferred choice of Quattroporte customers: during the 1996-98 production period of the first version, 415 3.2 models were sold. From 1998 to 2001, the Quattroporte 3.2 V8 was the most successful, with 340 units delivered, compared with 200 for the 2000 cc Quattroporte and 190 for the 2800 cc version.