Business: Exotic Steals at $40,000

Supercars are selling strong—but trouble lies ahead

The ceremony, charged with the kind of sensuality only a true aficionado would appreciate, occurs almost daily. A customer takes delivery of his brand-new Quattroporte (four-door) sedan at the Maserati factory in Modena, Italy. Watched by some of the 600 workers who hand-crafted every centimeter of its swashbuckling lines and muscular engine, he opens the door. The rich aroma of glove leather escapes into the air as he slides into the welcoming embrace of a bucket seat. The moment for which he has spent upwards of...

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