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.
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
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.
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.
“Italian limo that’s the nearest thing you can get to a four-door Ferrari”
|Width (including mirrors)||2,100mm|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)||530l|
|Tyre Size Rear||285/35 R20|
|Tyre Size Spare||Tyre Repair KIT|
|Wheel Type||20″ Alloy|
|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|
|Standard Euro Emissions||Euro 6|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||80l|
|EC Extra Urban||33mpg|
|Number of Valves||32|
|Drive train||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Engine Layout||North South|
|Turning Circle – Kerb to Kerb||11.80m|
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