Maserati Quattroporte (2013 - )
Last updated 7 January 2016
The flagship of the Maserati product range, the Quattroporte, is larger, lighter, more luxurious and more practical than the globally acclaimed car it replaces. With a 191mph top speed, it’s also as...
While the Quattroporte name may not seem as exotic when translated into English - it simply means 'four door' - this is one high performance luxury saloon that has all the Italian flair and style you'd expect from the famous brand. Maserati has made some big changes for this generation model, with a better quality interior, more space and for the first time - crucially - a diesel engine.
The 3.0-litre V6 diesel is shared with the smaller Ghibli but has its roots as a Chrysler unit that's used in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This makes the most sense for long distance drivers thanks to its claimed economy of more than 45mpg. It also means that many people will now consider the Quattroporte alongside the likes of the Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ.
While the Quattroporte diesel has strong pace, for outright performance you need to look to the top of the range GTS. Powered by a Ferrari-built 3.8-litre V8 engine, it boasts 530PS and works beautifully with the eight-speed automatic gearbox, delivering rapid yet effortless performance. All accompanied by a lovely low V8 rumble.
Thanks to adaptive dampers, the Quattroporte rides impressively well, absorbing rough roads and speed bumps with ease. It's also very quiet on the move, even at higher speeds, helped by an acoustic windscreen and the same at the back. With more sumptuous seats than before and improved rear legroom, the Quattroporte is now a serious contender in the luxury saloon market.
It's not cheap though. The diesel is priced at £70,000 give or take a few quid, while the GTS is a hefty £110,000. That's not far short of the incredible Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG. The Maserati certainly has the handling, performance and style to match the competition, but sadly it's let down somewhat by the interior.
The cabin isn't bad - far from it. Indeed the quality of the leather used on the seats and dash top is top notch, as are the various wood or carbon fibre trims available. But on closer inspection you do come across some switches that feel below par, especially for a car at this level. Similar the navigation touchscreen system isn't as sophisticated as the competition. Given the price you'd expect better.
Still, the Quattroporte is a magnificent piece of engineering and a joy to drive. It has that sense of occasion that few large saloons can match. All three engines offer strong performance and as an alternative to the usual suspects, we can think of nothing better than having a Maserati on your drive.