It’s reported – that in the depths of a financial crisis – the Italian Government has taken delivery of 19 Maserati Quattroportes.
As we had cause to mention recently, the Italians are a stylish bunch. Which would explain why the Italian Government has decided to replace its fleet of Lancia Thesis and Audi A6s with a properly stylish Italian car – the Maserati Quattroporte.
You can understand why Silvio Berlusconi rather fancies the idea of swanning round in a Maserati instead of a stretched Thesis. It’ll do wonders for his pulling power, and Angela Murkel will probably quake in her kitten heels as Don Berlusconi rolls up in his black Maserati with Italy’s austerity plan in his pocket.
To be honest, we’re not sure if Silvio Berlusconi is one of the recipients of this seemingly grandiose plan to protect Italy’s political elite, but with the Italian Ministry of Defence taking a total of 19 Quattroportes from Maserati – and having them built to armoured spec – there’s more than a fair chance.
Just to remind you, the Maserati Quattroporte gets a 4.2 litre V8 (4.7 litre if the Italian Ministry of Defence has had the chutzpah to order the Quattroporte S), seats four in decent comfort and can get a lick-on as the ensconced ministers seek to flee in haste from the ire of Italians forced to work until they’re 103 to save Italy from its enormous debts and feeble growth.
In the whole scheme of things, dropping a few million Euros on a fleet of Maserati Quattroportes isn’t going to change the state of Italy’s finances one iota. But it will surely attract more grief from Italians than it’s worth.
Still, you’ve got to admire their style.