The Tribute Luncheon this year won’t just feature appearances by Mariel Hemingway, Lili Taylor and Mickey Sumner. It will also feature a special display of the all-new Maserati 2014 Quattroporte sedan.
“The Sarasota film Festival presents an ideal opportunity for Maserati to express its entertainment heritage in a market where we have recently expanded,” said Andrea Soriani, Director of Marketing and Communications. “We look forward to demonstrating the elegance, style and performance of the brand to those on hand.”
Attendees will get to test-drive the sedan, but must call for reservations to 941-366-6200.
Maserati will actually be the official host of this year’s tribute. The Film Festival has relied on luxury car brands to make events possible for many years, with Wilde Lexus of Sarasota serving for a long time as one of the most prominent sponsors of the entire event. SFF President Mark Famiglio said bringing Maserati in to host the event makes sense.
“Aside from presenting dynamic films Maserati is an ideal brand to showcase at the festival, as we continually try to present unique opportunities to our audience,” Famiglio said.
Along with announced the display and test drive, SFF also released the following materials on the Quattroporte itself:
“The 2014 Maserati Quattroporte is a significant leap forward that not only sets the high-technology tone for the Trident brand’s upcoming range of new-models, but also remains faithful to Maserati’s long history of luxury sports sedans. The powerful and proprietary Maserati engines and the large cabin are at the core of the Quattroporte’s design. Dominated by a long, powerful nose and a concave Trident grille a clear link is created to both current and historic Maseratis.
The newly-developed direct-injection engine family boasts a 523 hp 3.8-litre V8 and a 404 hp 3.0-litre V6, both of which are twin-turbocharged, designed by Maserati Powertrain and assembled by Ferrari at their plant in Maranello. All versions come equipped with the latest eight-speed automatic transmission developed with ZF. The V8 is the fastest, most powerful and efficient four-door Maserati has ever built, reaching 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and achieving a top speed of 191 mph.
The all-new architecture retains the Quattroporte’s exquisite handling with near 50:50 weight distribution, double-wishbone front suspension and a state-of-the-art five-link rear suspension.
The V6 twin turbo Q4 All-Wheel Drive variant is capable of a top speed of 177mph. The “Q4” system is capable of redistributing the torque instantly from full rear wheel drive to a balanced near 50/50 distribution between front and rear wheels when more traction is needed.
New standards of quality in design, development, fabrication and process controls are employed in the facility building the Quattroporte, while traditional hand-crafted design continues inside and out of the Quattroporte’s cabin. Interior luxury leaps forward technically, too, with features like a touch control screen, adjustable pedals, WLAN-based WiFi and an optional 15-speaker, 1280 Watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system.”