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  • Name: Vick Bhatti
  • Location: Auckland
  • Occupation: Owner/operator at Xracing Motorsport
  • Make/model: 2006 Maserati Quattroporte
  • Engine: F136, 4200cc, eight cylinder
  • Drivetrain: Six-speed DuoSelect
  • Interior: Factory
  • Exterior: Custom Dubai Police wrap
  • Suspension: Factory adjustables, custom springs
  • Wheels/tyres: 20x10-inch and 20x10.5-inch Advent Grade M540, (F) 235/30R20 Delinte (R) 265/30R20 Delinte

NZ Performance Car: Hi Vick, you’ve built a few Japanese cars over the years, so why the move to a Euro? 

Vick: Hey guys, I have been building Japanese cars for car shows, as the Japanese car scene is much bigger here than the Euro scene. But for our family car we wanted something we could use to fit everyone in, and that looked cool parked up at car shows. We had a Chrysler 300C in the past, but when it came time to upgrade there was nothing else that stood out, and it’s not like your usual BMWs and Audis. 

What model is it exactly, and why is it special? 

The model is a 2006 Maserati Quattroporte. It’s fairly standard, but the reason I bought it is it has 298kW (400hp) from the factory. It takes a lot to get 298kW (400hp) from most common Japanese cars. I really like the sound of the V8 engine it has, it’s really aggressive. 

That’s an interesting wrap you’ve gone for. Any trouble with the authorities?

(Laughs) no problems with the authorities. We do, however, get a lot of people asking what the wrap is. It’s actually a Dubai Police car, but has Xracing details all over it. We designed and wrapped the car ourselves, at XRacing.  

What’s it like to drive when compared to a Japanese vehicle? Is there anything you’d compare it to? 

Na, not really. This car is a whole different feel and level to any Japanese car I have driven, and I wouldn’t want to compare it to anything. 

Do you have further plans for the Maserati, or will you leave it as it sits now? 

I always have something cooking in my head, and I’m sure soon enough you’ll see something changed somewhere in the near future. But for now it will stay as it is, and I wouldn’t have got here without my family for supporting me, Tane Johnson and Tane Corloss from Outwest Tinting and Wraps, Nan Su at the Bling Company, Matt and Heino at Auto Stance, and all of my XRacing supporters. 

Thanks for showing us your Maserati, Vick!

This article was originally published in NZ Performance Car Issue No. 230. You can pick up a print copy or a digital copy of the magazine below:

René Vermeer

Dutch, French, or just a Kiwi, René isn’t quite sure, but he does know he has a passion for Japanese vehicles like no other. A well-seasoned Gran Turismo player dating back to his single-digit days, René has a comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of performance vehicles and has owned more than 30 performance cars here in New Zealand, ranging from Nissans to Hondas. A lover of photography, you’ll find him either peeping under someone’s bonnet to snap a detailed shot, or on the side of the racetrack, perfecting his panning.