Strong performance and sporty handling mixed with limousine space.
It’s expensive, and too sporty and unrefined if you want to spend most of the time in the back seats. The diesel engine is noisy and some cabin details don’t match up to the price.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The twin-turbo V8 is a mighty fine engine; it’s both flexible and free-revving, and makes the Quattroporte feel quicker than pretty much any other luxury saloon. The V6 is still effortlessly fast, whereas the diesel feels fast only once the revs have passed 1800rpm; nothing much happens below this. All versions come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox that changes gear pretty quickly and reasonably smoothly.
Ride & Handling
Agility is impressive for a two-tonne saloon, as is the Quattroporte’s body control. The steering is light and sharp, but the wheel gets dragged this way and that by ridges and crests, and it never tells you how well the tyres are gripping. Our biggest concern is ride quality, though: even with the suspension in its comfort setting, the ride is too crashy, and plenty of thumps find their way into the cabin at all speeds.
The V8 engine is superbly polished – maybe even too quiet if you're attracted to old-school Maseratis and Mercedes AMGs. However, you can make it fizz and pop on downchanges if you select ‘sport’ mode. The V6 petrol is smoother still, but the diesel sounds rough and thrashy. Wind noise is kept well in check, although there's a fair bit of road noise at motorway speeds.