Maserati Quattroporte S

Enchanting and deeply solid

"Instantaneously, I preferred the performance of this 3.0 liter bi-turbo V6," said Issam

"The car is easy to live with"

"Could it be the Maserati for all seasons?"

Maserati is changing. Ambitious plans are under way to grow the brand from a small-batch carmaker into a full-line luxury car manufacturer. We tested the Ghibli few months ago and now the Quattroporte.

Exterior
The new Maserati Quattroporte is a high-performance sports luxury sedan that reinterprets the design features of classic Maseratis in a contemporary design language. Its style was born out of the guiding design principles of Maserati: harmony of shapes, dynamism of lines, Italian elegance. More generous in size when compared to the previous model, the new Quattroporte has a design that is at once graceful and sinuous, fashioned to bring out the sporty nature of the car.

Some of the elements characterizing the previous model have been purposely maintained: the front grill, the three side vents and the triangular C pillar. At the same time new style and functional features were introduced: the strong belt line that runs through the entire side of the car giving the new Quattroporte a look and feel that is at once muscular and elegant with frameless doors and three side windows.

Interior
Inside, the design of the Quattroporte aims at essentiality, stressing the simplicity of lines and the full functionality of the in-board instrumentation. Functional elements are blended with soft quality surfaces made of prestigious woods and refined leathers.

Drivetrain
The innovative Maserati proprietary engines of the all new Maserati Quattroporte have all been designed and developed by Maserati and Ferrari engineers in the heart of Italy's motor valley. As a matter of fact, they are going to be produced in the Ferrari plant in Maranello that has been synonymous with cutting-edge technology and passion for well over 60 years. Passion is indeed the middle name of a whole new generation of Maserati engines. The passion and state-of-the-art technology that is at the heart of all the new Maserati engines that will be mounted on the next generation of Maserati products have produced engines that are not only more powerful, or more exciting to drive than ever, but also more eco-friendly than ever before.

Refined technical solutions, an explicit attention to the most challenging targets in terms of performance, comfort, efficiency and safety - these are the key elements of the all new Maserati Quattroporte.

Consumers have the choice of two engines, co-developed with Ferrari: a 3.8 liter V8 with 523 hp and a 3.0 liter V6 with 410 hp. Both offer improbable acceleration and the Quattroporte has decent handling to match the performance offered. It weighs almost two tons, but both its size and weight seem to half as it shafts from turn to turn.

Driving Impressions
In terms of driving around the buzzy roads of Dubai, the Quattroporte’s steering is precise, allowing me to thread it down narrow roads. I get the sense that it can handle high speed corners and fast direction changes easily, too, because body control is impressive. It really feels light through taut and twisting roads, and through the longer flowing curves it grips hard.

Verdict
Being a motoring journalist for the past nine years, I honestly love the sound of the exhaust on the Maserati. When I drove the Maserati GT Stradale few years back, its sound still resonates in my head. The Quattroporte is already in the Middle East market. Check it out at your local dealer. Maserati has a little something special to offer, and it’s one hot Italian sedan with a sound coming from the quad tailpipes that will vibrate your hunger for cars!

Pros: Exterior design, eco-friendly engine, luxurious interior
Cons: Not as gorgeous as the GranTurismo, not spacious enough
Rivals: Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, Audi A8, Porsche Panamera, Jaguar XJ, Aston Martin Rapide
One word: Italian
4 stars

Specs

Engine: 3.0L twin-turbo, V6, 410 hp, 550 Nm
Transmission: 8-speed auto, AWD
0-100 km: 4.9 seconds
Top Speed: 285 km
Fuel Consumption (combined): 10.4 liters
Weight: 1911 kg

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