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Oct 31

MASERATI QUATTRAPORTE

By venkateshkokala | Car Features

 

     MASERATI QUATTROPORTE                        £ 70,975 – £116,770

Despite being a key element in Maserati’s recent global sales growth, the current, sixth-generation Maserati Quattroporte sedan was decidedly behind the curve when it debuted in 2013. It lagged German competitors in available technology, and its interior borrowed a few too many obvious bits of Chrysler switchgear for a six-figure Italian luxury car. Maserati is attempting to right these wrongs with an update for the 2017 model year.

The most obvious exterior change is a reshaped, concave grille rather than the previous convex design. It matches better the grille of the new Maserati Levante SUV, while a bit of extra chrome trim gives the Quattroporte a slightly richer look. Reshaped bumpers, along with new automatic grille shutters, purportedly reduce aerodynamic drag by 10 percent, while other changes to the side skirts and mirrors are barely noticeable.

Overview

Only the Italians could get away with calling a car ‘four door’. Appended to the name Maserati, though, Quattroporte conjures up all sorts of romantic imagery, an idea that the car itself hasn’t always merited since first appearing in 1963. Now, somewhat belatedly into its fifth generation, the QP has finally grown-up, and in more ways than one: in its bid to really take the fight to the German limos that dominate this posh end of the market, the latest QP is well over five metres long, making it much bigger than its curvier predecessor and providing vastly more legroom in the rear. Maserati is clearly gunning for business in China, where size definitely does matter.

That also explains the QP’s rather brash appearance. Even on vast 21in alloys and in a suitably menacing colour, it’s simply not as elegant as the previous car, and is no longer likely to be mistaken for a four-door Ferrari. Then there’s the addition of a diesel model

Driving

This is where the Maserati really works, despite its increased girth. There’s a new 3.0-litre twin turbo V6, but the range-topping car is powered by a 523bhp 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8, overseen by a former Ferrari F1 engine wizard. Although it’s more polite than the old QP power unit, it gives the Maserati real heart and soul. More so than the 270bhp diesel. That engine, well, does a job. Say no more.There’s lots of aluminium in the car’s structure, so even though it’s bigger than before it’s actually more responsive, handles beautifully, and its eight-speed ZF transmission is exemplary. The electro-hydraulic steering helps too, with its linearity and transparent feedback.There’s multi-link suspension, so it has a more settled ride quality than the old car, although it’s on the firm side even for an overtly sporting limo. A top speed of 190mph and a 0-62mph time of 4.7 seconds are good enough.

Interiors

Once again, it’s very Italian. In other words, there are elements that make you smile, jostling with others that make you want to tear your hair out. The interior effectively has three layers, leather, wood and aluminium, all of which can be configured to taste. Although it’s mostly well made, the air vents are plasticky, there’s nasty brightwork on the doors, and the steering wheel is ugly, although it feels good. The main touchscreen works well, but the gear-selector is dreadfully fiddly to use.

Running cost

Maserati claims the petrols do mid-Twenties mpg, but in the real world we reckon you’d be lucky to get half that; the diesel will add 20mpg to both figures. Diesel also results in far lower CO2 emissions, vital if fleets are to show any interest in it. Less than bulletproof residuals might be more of an issue, and servicing costs will likely be on the steep side, too. For the deeper wallet, then.

 

Overall Verdict

“Italian limo that’s the nearest thing you can get to a four-door Ferrari”

Full Specifications

Dimensions

Length 5,262mm
Width (including mirrors) 2,100mm
Height 1,481mm
Seats 5
Doors 4
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 530l
Wheelbase 3,171mm
Minimum Kerbweight 1,900kg
Tyre Size Rear 285/35 R20
Tyre Size Spare Tyre Repair KIT
Wheel Type 20″ Alloy

Engine

Top speed 191Mph
0–62 4.70s
Engine capacity 3,799cc
Fuel type Petrol
Transmission Automatic
Engine Power – BHP 530bhp
Engine Power – KW 390kW
Engine Power – RPM 6,800rpm
Engine Torque – LB·FT 479lb·ft
Engine Torque – NM 650Nm
Cylinders – Bore 87mm
Cylinders – Stroke 81mm
CO2 274g/km
Standard Euro Emissions Euro 6
Fuel Tank Capacity 80l
EC Urban 16mpg
EC Extra Urban 33mpg
EC Combined 23.9mpg
Cylinders 8
Cylinder Layout V8
Number of Valves 32
Camshaft Quad CAM
Drive train Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel delivery Turbo
Catalytic Convertor
Engine Layout North South
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Turning Circle – Kerb to Kerb 11.80m

Hilights from the Range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest

V8 GranLusso GTS 4dr Auto

4.7s 250g/km 26.4 530 £116,770
The cheapest

V6d 4dr Auto

6.4s 163g/km 45.6 275 £70,975
The greenest

V6d 4dr Auto

6.4s 163g/km 45.6 275 £70,975