Passive-aggression on four wheels.
Arriving on Australian shores this week is Maserati’s facelifted full-size executive saloon, the Quattroporte. The sleek cruiser arrives this year with a long list of small updates to keep it in contention among newer, more tech-savvy rivals, though the entry point remains fixed at $209,990.
The Quattroporte remains available with four powertrains, with one diesel, a couple of V6 biturbo petrols, and a biturbo V8. The 3.0-litre turbodiesel is unchanged and continues to make 202kW and 600Nm, while the standard 3.0-litre twin-turbo also soldiers on unchanged with 257kW and 500Nm. The more powerful iteration of the V6 petrol, available in the Quattroporte S, gets a small bump in power and torque and now stands at 321kW and 580Nm. But the penultimate motor in the Quattroporte remains the 3.8-litre biturbo V8 petrol, which puts out a heady 390kW and 650Nm. All cars utilise the same 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox as before, with power sent to the rear wheels (which get a limited-slip differential for aid).
With the exception of the diesel variant, all Quattroporte models are available with two optional trimlines, those being GranLusso and GranSport. If you haven’t guessed, the two variants are designed to either underline the Quattroporte’s luxury or dynamic appeal, respectively.
Standard equipment has seen a bump with the model refresh. Notable changes include full-LED headlights replete with adaptive main beam, electric power steering, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, and soft-closing doors. There’s also something called ‘Integrated Vehicle Control’ which, unlike conventional systems that aim to correct vehicles once they’ve lost control, aims to prevent the loss of control in the first place.
Inside, there’s a brand-new 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, aided further by a new rotary control knob (which makes it easier to fiddle with when driving), and now offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring systems.
If you want your Quattroporte more plush, the GranLusso pack adds things like 20-inch alloys, black-painted brake calipers, wood trim inside, Zegna silk upholstery (which feels divine), powered sunshades around the rear, 4-zone climate control, rear seat heating, and ventilated front seats.
If you think your Quattroporte should exude as many mafia overtones as possible, the GranSport package adds 21-inch alloys, red brake calipers, 12-way adjustable front sports seats, black cabin trim, steel sports pedals, a high-gloss black grille up front, and unique bumper treatments on either end.
Prices begin at $209,990 for the Quattroporte Diesel, while the V6 model starts at $214,990 (additional $25k for GranLusso or GranSport packages), while the Quattroporte S starts at $239,000 (GranLusso and GranSport packages available for an additional $36k). The top-flight Quattroporte GTS, available only either as a GranLusso or GranSport, is yours for $345,990. All prices are accurate at the time of writing and do not include various on-road costs.