So far we’ve only tried the twin-turbo V8 and it’s a mighty fine engine. It’s both flexible and free-revving. Floor the throttle and it feels quicker than pretty much any other luxury saloon. The eight-speed gearbox is excellent at any speed, too.
Agility is impressive for a two-tonne saloon. So is the steering precision and the Quattroporte’s ability to thread down tight, narrow roads. Our one concern is over the ride quality. Even with the car in its comfort setting, plenty of thumps find their way into the cabin at all speeds.
The V8 engine is superbly polished – maybe even too quiet if you are attracted to old-school Maseratis and Mercedes AMGs. However, you can make it fizz and pop on downchanges, if you select ‘sport’ mode and stay right on the rev-limiter. Other noises are kept well in check, aside from some wind rush around the mirrors at high motorway speeds.
No doubt that the Quattroporte is a committed purchase, not least because of the running costs. Even with the latest engine technology, the fuel economy is high and so will company car tax be. That said, it fares no worse than direct rivals and early cars should hold their value well.
Maserati has had a patchy reliability history, but the Quattroporte appears to be very well built. The cabin quality also looks to be first class, save for a few questionable bits of minor switchgear that don’t match the high standards set by the rest of the cabin.
The Quattroporte is fitted with a sophisticated stability control stsem to help you avoid having a crash, and there are six airbags to help keep you from harm if an accident becomes unavoidable. You also get head restraints that move to minimize whiplash injuries.
Sitting behind the Quattroporte’s wheel is a fine place to be. The seats are comfortable and the driving position has huge range of adjustability. The fascia looks great and is refreshingly uncluttered; most major functions are controlled through the large touch-screen system.
The Quattroporte is a long car. Thankfully this also translates into a huge amount of space, especially in the back where rear passengers have huge amounts of lounging space. There’s plenty of space for luggage, too, and the option to split and fold the rear bench in the five-seat models. There’s also the option for four-seater version with a central divider.
The Quattroporte’s standard equipment includes heated front seats with 12-way electrical adjustment, plus all-round leather upholstery. You also get dual-zone climate control, active cruise control Bluetooth and various sockets to connect your MP3 player. Predictably, an extensive options list gives you plenty of scope for personalizing your car.
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