Gucci, Fiorucci, Maserati…the names roll from the tongue like the gentle waves on the Amalfi Coast. Now, with the all-new Quattroporte, Maserati, the Italian marque best know for sports cars, has a full-size four-door sedan which oozes glamour and challenges the German and British brands in this exclusive segment.
Sure the Quattroporte name has been around for a few years, but the all-new model demands attention thanks to its larger dimensions, sumptuous interior and stonking performance from a 390kW twin-turbocharged V8 from Ferrari. It’s the initial thrust in Maserati’s global push which will include a first-time SUV called the Levante, a smaller vehicle called the Ghibli and of course the stunning sports cars – GranTurismo and GranCabrio.
All of this and a shiny, brand new factory in Turin, the result of an investment totalling €1.4 billion.
Bottom line? If the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe or 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz CLS, Porsche Panamera or Aston Martin Rapide are on your mind and you don’t look at the Maserati Quattroporte…well you’ve lost your marbles frankly.
Maserati Quattroporte GTS Overview
Stickered at $319,800, the sixth-generation Maserati Quattroporte GTS V8 is here now. Just arriving is the Quattroporte S (twin-turbo V6) priced at $240,000.
Both are all-new and larger, with abundant interior space befitting a car in this segment. But with lighter weight and more power, the all-new Quattroporte delivers the driving delights one associates with Maserati.
Carshowroom.com.au put the twin-turbo V8 Maserati Quattroporte GTS through its paces during a full day in the NSW Southern Highlands. ‘Wow!’, ‘Wow’, and ‘Double Wow’ was our conclusion.
Maserati Quattroporte GTS Engine
Sourced from Ferrari, the twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engine introduces a push-button function called I.C.E (increased control and efficiency) which cancels overboost and softens gear changes for enhanced fuel consumption (combined cycle 11.8l/100kms).
Power and torque are up – 390kW at 6800rpm and 650Nm from 2000 – 4000rpm (710Nm on overboost). Drive is to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Zero to 100km/h? Chalk-up just 4.7 seconds (the fastest four-door Maserati so far).
And the exhaust note is sublime – especially in Sport mode.
Maserati Quattroporte GTS The Interior
Walk down the Via Condotti in Rome, home to the upscale Italian fashion brands, and every boutique looks like it came straight from the pages of Vogue or Conde Nest…and so does the Maserati Quattroporte.
There’s stunning leather seats front and rear (the latter can be had with two individual seats if that’s your go – the Chinese market does) and from doorhandles to dashboard trim there’s Italian style, hand-craftsmanship, leather and timber highlights wherever you look. To be honest, Maserati Quattroporte takes the German and British rivals to the cleaners when it comes to style and ambience – well that’s what the Italians do best.
We set the cockpit to our size (multiple electronic adjustment for the seat and steering wheel)…and then climbed into the back. Wow! There was space aplenty with astonishing legroom and beautifully supportive seats.
The dashboard adopts a more horizontal layout than the previous model and the driver is presented with beautifully crafted instruments, a centre-console 8.4-inch screen for the satellite navigation and audio and a leather-wrapped steering wheel which is just right for thickness and grip. You can even choose from four different upper dashboard trim colours, three for the lower dashboard, four roof linings and available rear seat tables.
Infotainment comes from a 15-speaker, 1280 Watt Bowers & Wilkins system and there’s WLAN-based WiFi.
Out back, there’s much more bootspace than the previous model – in fact Maserati says the Quattroporte now passes the ‘multiple sets of golf clubs test’ which is a prerequisite for the Asian markets. The boot, like the rest of the interior is beautifully finished and trimmed in sumptuous carpet.
Maserati Quattroporte Exterior & Styling
At first glance, some say the gorgeous all-new Maserati Quattroporte is somewhat evolutionary of the previous generation, and there are some clues, but, no this is all-new from the ground up. There’s the traditional Maserati front-end with stunning curves and the large grille highlighting the ‘trident’ badge.
And those gorgeous curves are more than aesthetic. Impressively, overall aerodynamic drag has been reduced by 12 per-cent (down to Cd0.31) while high-speed lift has been reduced by 24 per-cent (combining lower Cd AND lift takes some real talent).
At 5262mm in overall length, the Maserati Quattroporte is a large sedan and the wheelbase is said to be the longest in class at 3171mm – hence the massive interior space.
Underneath is an all-new platform which highlights the new technology at the heart of Maserati as it will be shared with the upcoming Ghibli and Levante models. Weight distribution is 50:50.
Wheels are 19-inch, 20-inch or 21-inch alloys and these show-off the Brembo brakes (you can select the calliper colour – black, red or ‘Maserati Blu’).
Maserati Quattroporte GTS On The Road
We drove a couple of Quattroportes over a full day from Sydney to the Southern Highlands and back. And what a drive it was!
Set the variables to comfort and the big Maserati four-door is a refined cruiser (the smaller 20-inch wheels do provide a smoother ride than the larger ones) but stamp on the throttle and the twin-turbo V8 responds with true supercar urge.
Over some twists with the large wheels and all settings in their sportiest and the Maserati Quattroporte becomes a genuine Italian sports car. Crisp turn-in, flat cornering, blistering response and even some easily controlled power oversteer when exiting slow corners – brilliant!
Maserati Quattroporte GTS Challenges
Unlike its predecessor, the all-new Maserati Quattroporte comes loaded with technology but this doesn’t include lane-keeping assistance or blind-spot warning.
Maserati Quattroporte GTS Verdict
Prestige sedan buyers the world over have given the all-new Maserati Quattroporte a fast start – more than 20,000 orders already (previously Maserati’s best sales year was 2008 when 9,000 vehicles were delivered!) and we totally endorse their purchase decisions as this is a very special car.
The Quattroporte matches the best in this league so it gets down to personal choice – Italian, British or German. Vote for the Maserati and you get genuine Italian style and a high-performance four-door sedan with all the luxury and driving enjoyment you could ask for.
Maserati Quattroporte GTS The Competition
Porsche Panamera is offered in a lengthy array of models (including two turbo-diesels and hybrid). Only four seats and not everyone loves the looks but this is a Porsche and it drives like a Porsche.
Aston Martin Rapide is pin-sharp and the V12 engine is staggeringly good. Securing one from the factory might be difficult.