The Maserati Quattroporte remains a solid choice for the premium sedan buyer who craves a fun-to-drive vehicle with lots of character. Oh, and the Quattroporte's Ferrari-derived engines certainly don't hurt, either.
The name Quattroporte refers to the number of doors on this still-stylish sedan. We say "still" because the Quattroporte has been on the market for a while. The sedan is unchanged for 2012, though in the previous model year some aesthetic and interior changes brought it closer to the sedan's more mainstream competition. No Mercedes-Benz S550 can touch the Quattroporte's one-of-a-kind appeal, though that car can be had for much less money than the Maserati. But one stab at the Quattroporte's gas pedal should be all that's required to erase any buyer's remorse.
The base model Quattroporte is powered by a 4.2-liter V-8 producing 400 horsepower that's good for a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 5.5 seconds. If that's simply not good enough, go for the S model, which now gets the exterior upgrades of the Sport GTS trim. Both the Sport and the Sport GTS are powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 and capable of acceleration from 0-to-60 mph in 5.3 seconds. While Maserati's sedan provides plenty of exotic appeal, shoppers in the segment should take a look at the Jaguar XJ or Audi A8, which can offer top-notch performance and luxury, and leave over enough extra cash for an exotic vacation or two.
Body style: Sedan
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8, 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic, six-speed auto-clutch manual
Models: Quattroporte, S, Sport GTS
The Maserati is unchanged for the new model year. Maserati gave the Quattroporte a number of interior and exterior tweaks for 2011, so 2012 is quiet for the Trident's sedan. Despite its increasing years, the Q-Porte, available in regular, S, and Sport GTS models, remains one of the hottest looking four-doors on the market, though a slightly larger replacement could appear in the near future
The Quattroporte is one of the sexier designs in its class, whether you choose the base model or the visually upgraded S and Sport GTS model. The same basic shape has been in production for years and that's not a bad thing. 18-inch wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlights and fog lights come standard. The S model graduates the Quattroporte to 19-inch wheels, the Sports GTs rides on 20-inch wheels.
There are millions of possible interior combinations utilizing all manner of fine leather, rich wood, and Alcantara trim. All seats are comfortable, and the cabin offers ample room. Though technically offering seating for five, a fifth rear passenger in the middle wouldn't have the same comfort as their neighbors, the rear seats are sculpted to favor very comfortable seating for two. With the addition of an updated 6.5-inch multimedia head unit in all Quattroportes, the interior might not feel as outdated as it once did.
Performance & Handling
A luxurious and serene highway ride at once transforms into a sporty sedan capable of sticking corners and offering good, responsive steering feel. The Quattroporte isn't the fastest car in this segment, but it offers ample performance and luxury. Base Quattroportes get a 4.2-liter V-8 producing 400 horsepower. Move to the S model and the top speed is bumped to 174 mph and the engine is a 4.7-liter V-8 with 425 horsepower. Upgrading to the Sport GTS trim and you'll have one focused Quattroporte, with a single-setting suspension for optimal sports performance.
Front airbags, side curtain airbags, side impact airbags in the front doors, electronic brake force distribution, Brembo braking system, and the Maserati Stability Program, which integrates stability and traction control, are all part of the Quattroporte safety package.
EPA Fuel Economy
Quattroporte: 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway
- Italian styling
- Great handling
- Muscular engines
- Inimitable charm
You Won't Like
- Limited dealer network
- Fuel economy
Curbside valet guaranteed
If You Like This Vehicle
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- Jaguar XJ
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- Audi A8