When it comes to Italian cars, Ferrari and Lamborghini have it all wrapped up as far as brand recognition is concerned. This makes it a little difficult for an equally iconic name like Maserati, especially in a market like India (where brand value is everything), but don’t for one moment think that its cars are any less beguiling. Quite on the contrary – Maserati makes some of the sexiest, most desirable cars on the planet, and if you were to set aside any biases for a moment, you would find that these cars get the juices flowing just as animatedly. Earlier on, Maserati had attempted a short-lived foray into the Indian market, under the auspices of Ferrari (both brands are owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), but this time around, it will function separately.

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The cars available will be the sensational GranTurismo/GranCabrio (coupe and convertible), the 4-door Quattroporte (a somewhat meaningless description, since quattroporte means ‘four doors’ in Italian), the stunning Ghibli (a competitor for cars like the Mercedes-Benz CLS) and Maserati’s first ever SUV, the Levante (which hasn’t had a global launch yet, but will certainly come to India). A small range of petrol and diesel engines will do duty in these cars – a 530 bhp, twin-turbo V8 (which also features in the new Ferrari 488GTB, in a different state of tune), a 404 bhp, twin-turbo V6 and a 271 bhp V6 diesel. Maserati is likely to formally announce its plans on the 15th of this month, in Delhi – expect prices to begin at Rs 1 crore, ex-showroom.