MASERATI

MASERATI QUATTROPORTE SALOON V6 S [430] 4dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2257 g/km

The Quattroporte was always a special Maserati model; in effect a sportscar dressed up as a big saloon where its rivals were big saloons dressed up as sportscars. The improved version of the current sixth-generation model - the car we look at here - is the best thing Maserati has yet brought us in the top luxury saloon segment, but it needs to be good to keep up with the competition. Outside, there's a mild facelift, while the interior looks smarter and more p to date.

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Ten Second Review

The Quattroporte was always a special Maserati model; in effect a sportscar dressed up as a big saloon where its rivals were big saloons dressed up as sportscars. The improved version of the current sixth-generation model - the car we look at here - is the best thing Maserati has yet brought us in the top luxury saloon segment, but it needs to be good to keep up with the competition. Outside, there's a mild facelift, while the interior looks smarter and more p to date.

Background

Maserati as a brand is going places. The company's latest Levante SUV is racking up some decent sales numbers and the car we look at here, the improved Quattroporte luxury sports saloon, has been a sales success for the brand in its first three years on sale. The Quattroporte first appeared on Maserati's books way back in 1963 and was always a bit of a quirky niche player here in the UK until the introduction of the achingly gorgeous fifth-generation model in 2004. Here was a car that had the power to seduce buyers from their BMW M models and Mercedes AMG specials into something altogether more sensuous. That progress was continued by the MK6 model and looks set to progress further here with this facelifted version.

Driving Experience

As ever, this is a saloon that drives like a sports coupe. If you want silent cosseting, you should have visited a Lexus dealer. There's a firm ride, an urgent engine note and a machine that's fantastic fun to hustle through a set of bends. Most UK buyers order their cars with the most affordable 3.0-litre V6 diesel, a 275PS unit that develops 600Nm of torque and can take you to 62mph in 6.4s en route to 157mph. If you simply must have your Quattroporte with petrol power - a point of view we can understand - the entry-level engine is a 350PS 3.0 V6. Next up is a 410PS 3.0-litre V6 which makes 62mph in 5.1s en route to 178mph. Want more under your right boot? Try the 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 that's good for 530PS. This is closely related to a Ferrari design, although the Ferrari engine is said to feature a cross-plane crank for more power but slightly less torque. The 3.0-litre engine is also developed to work with all-wheel drive but sadly not for right-hand drive markets. Apparently the steering column would foul the driveshaft plane. Power for all Quattroporte models is directed through a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Design and Build

The major changes to his improved model are found at the front where there's a light and grille arrangement reminiscent of the brand's Levante luxury SUV. The lower nose section is linked to the grille with aerodynamic inspired splits. The back has been restyled too, with two side pockets that focus the attention on the exhausts. An aggressive black piano spoiler completes the rear view. Inside, there are further changes too, primarily with the addition of smarter touchscreen infotainment system in the centre of the dash. Buyers also get redesigned front and rear seats with more sculptured profiles, plus a smarter sport steering wheel, which can be ordered in carbon fibre or full leather. There's high gloss Piano Black wood trim on the dashboard, aluminium gearshift paddles and stainless steel sport pedals to complete the effect. Otherwise, it's pretty much as you were. Measuring over 5.2m from tip to tail, this Quattroporte certainly isn't a small car. Indeed, it could appeal to the chauffeur market as well as to buyers who just want pedal the thing themselves. You can specify a two-seat rear bench with a central divider, or a three-seater that splits and folds to extend the 530-litre boot.

Market and Model

Prices haven't changed much, which means a span that starts at around £75,000 for the entry-level diesel version - or from around £78,000 for the base 3.0 petrol V6. There are two trim levels - 'GranLusso' and 'GranSport' - and there's been a clear emphasis on improving quality both actual and perceived, with stricter quality procedures in the build process and some high-quality woods and leathers used throughout. Key extra features added include an electronic parking brake, a surround view camera, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Automated Emergency Braking. Many of the major controls are operated by a large central touch screen mounted on the centre console. There's a twin-cowled instrument cluster and traditionalists will be reassured that you still get an analogue clock inset into the dashboard. The Quattroporte will have to do very well to shift some formidable rivals and these cover a wide span, including vehicles such as the Mercedes CLS and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe right up to cars such as the Aston Martin Rapide and Bentley Continental Flying Spur. It'll be helped in achieving its targets by a dealer network that's growing fast as well.

Cost of Ownership

Maserati has done what it could to improve the efficiency of this car. To that end, an electrically adjustable Air Shutter has been fitted in the front grille between the air vents and the engine's radiator. The Air Shutter provides optimal control of the engine's fluid temperature and, together with the optimization of the new front and rear bumpers, air conveyor and flat bottom, improves the aerodynamic drag of the car by 10%. It's still pretty thirsty though, or at least it is if you go for a petrol model. The base 3.0 V6 returns 29.4mpg on the combined cycle and 223g/km of CO2. Go for the 3.8 V8 and those figures fall to 26.4mpg and 250g/km. Which is why most UK buyers opt for the entry-level 3.0 V6 diesel; here the figures are much more acceptable - 45.6mpg and 163g/km. The evolutionary styling of this Quattroporte will help protect residual values of the old car which weren't as bad as many think.

Summary

Maserati looks to be adhering to a very sensible development plan for this improved sixth-generation Quattroporte. Not a lot needed doing to the basic styling of the original car, so the exterior design is nicely evolutionary. The interior has been extensively modernised and is far more media-savvy - an area which rather dated its predecessor. Overall, if you add up all the points, you'd probably by something else in this segment. But if you let your heart rule your head - and we can understand why you would - then this Maserati continues to offer a temptingly different option.

  • Rain sensor
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Heated windscreen washers
  • Laminated rear glass with high thermal and noise insulation
  • Laminated front glass with high thermal and noise insulation

  • Increased Control and Efficiency (I.C.E)
  • Maserati Stability Programme (MSP) with ASR, ABS, EBD, BAS and MSR
  • Ventilated brakes with cross drilled discs
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill hold control

  • Velour floormats

  • Skyhook - Electronically variable active damping suspension system

  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • SIRI smart personal assistant

  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Front and rear parking sensors with graphical display on central digital cluster
  • Sport mode setting via sport button with affecting gear change, accelerator response, MSP system, exhaust bypass valves

  • Stop/start system

  • Service interval indicator
  • Maserati dash mounted design specific clock
  • Maserati Touch Control + with 8.4" touch screen Nav, DAB radio, video player, SD card slot, USB/Aux-in, phone mirroring + bluetooth audio streaming
  • 7" multifunction digital display cluster with on-board computer and driver information

  • Electrically adjustable, heated, folding and automatically dimming door mirrors with integrated LED indicator
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror

  • Chrome front grille
  • Air shutter control
  • Active exhaust sound system
  • Twin, dual pipe exhaust system in chrome plated stainless steel
  • Matt black side skirts, front bumper profile and rear extractor

  • Full LED taillights and third stop light integrated into the rear window
  • Adaptive Full LED headlights AFS module
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Automatic headlights

  • Air quality sensor

  • 'Easy entry-exit' feature on steering column
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Front and rear map pockets
  • Electric height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Rear armrest with USB charger, 12V socket and 2 hidden cup holders
  • Leather upper and lower dashboard, grab handles, upper and central door panels with tone on tone or contrast stitching
  • Front armrest with twin mechanical opening, with illuminated storage compartment, air conditioned, 12V socket and 2 cup holders

  • White night ambient lighting with dimming function

  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with pressure displayed within the central digital cluster
  • Driver/front passenger dual stage smart airbags
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
  • Window airbags
  • Rear seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters
  • Front side airbags
  • Head airbags

  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Heated front seats
  • Seatback pockets
  • 8 way electrically adjustable front seats + 4 way adjustable lumbar support with driver side two memory
  • 3 seat rear bench
  • 60/40 split rear bench seat

  • Remote central locking
  • Perimeter alarm system including volumetric sensing, anti-lift device and electronic immobiliser
  • Aluminium key fob, with key-less entry and key-less go function with (lock/unlock button, boot opening and exterior light on)
  • Maserati NavTrak vehicle tracking system with Automatic Driver Recognition and Remote Inhibition

  • Mechanical limited slip differential
  • ZF 8 speed automatic transmission with tip up/down function from gear knob and fully manual mode

  • Summer tyres

  • CO2 (g/km): 250
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 90
  • CO: 0.463
  • NOx: 0.017
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.003
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 414
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 427
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 274
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 288
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 218
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 232
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 221
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 233
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 270
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 257

  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: V6
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: QUAD CAM
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 9.7:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 86.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 84.5
  • CC: 2979
  • Engine Code: M156B

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 18.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 18.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 12.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 12.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 10.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 9.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 10.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 11.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 12
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 20.5
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 39.2
  • EC Combined (mpg): 29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 15.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 14.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 23.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 22.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 27.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 28.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 27.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 24.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 23.5

  • Coin Series: S
  • Coin Description: V6 [430]
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 4
  • Generation Mark: 6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 430
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 59.2
  • Engine Power - KW: 316
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 428
  • Engine Torque - NM: 580
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2250
  • Engine Power - BHP: 430
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5
  • Top Speed: 179

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: POSEIDONE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 275/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/45 R19

  • Width (including mirrors): 2128
  • Height: 1481
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 5262
  • Width: 1948
  • Wheelbase: 3171

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1860
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2050
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 530
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Loading Weight: 190
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.8

  • Rear privacy glass and rear side windows: £1,245

  • Brake calipers in red: £495
  • Silver brake calipers: £495
  • Black brake calipers: £495
  • Brake calipers in blue: £495
  • Brake calipers in Matt black: Included

  • Blind spot monitoring: £680
  • Active cruise control: Included
  • Rear parking camera with imaging displayed on central MTC system: Included

  • Homelink (programmable garage door opener): £0

  • Body colour door mirrors: Included

  • High gloss piano black interior trim: £2,375
  • High gloss tanganika wood interior trim: £1,320
  • High gloss ebano wood interior trim: £1,320
  • High gloss erable wood interior trim: £1,320
  • Open pore Radica wood interior trim: Included
  • High gloss carbon fibre twill interior trim: £3,100
  • High gloss rovere veneer wood interior trim: £1,320

  • Bowers and Wilkins premium surround systems with 15 speakers: £1,585
  • Harman Kardon sound system: Included

  • Metallic paint: £1,190
  • Engine badge deletion: £0
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Mica paint: £1,190
  • Electric glass tilt and slide sunroof: £1,650
  • Metallescent paint: £1,190
  • Pearlescent tri coat paint: £3,025
  • Power rear side sunshade: Included

  • Dual zone automatic climate control with 13 air outlets (4 rear): Included
  • 4 zone climate control: £2,045

  • Soft close doors: £670
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals: £395
  • Extended leather upholstery: £0
  • Leather upholstery: Included
  • Fabric headlining trim: Included
  • Folding rear tables: £2,100
  • Alcantara headlining: £1,275
  • Premium fine grain nero heated leather steering wheel and gear knob with wood inserts: £650
  • Premium fine grain marrone heated leather steering wheel and gear knob with wood inserts: £650
  • Pieno fiore semi anline natural leather upholstery: £6,610
  • Trident stitch pattern on headrests: £350
  • Perforated full premium fine grain leather upholstery: £4,510
  • Full premium fine grain leather upholstery: £4,510
  • Premium fine grain Sabbia heated leather steering wheel & gear knob with wood inserts: £650
  • Premium fine grain Sabbia leather steering wheel & gear knob with colour inserts: £260
  • Maserati active shifting aluminium gear shift paddles: £780
  • Power rear sunshade: £550
  • Front and rear head restraints with embossed Trident logo: Included
  • Premium fine grain Tortora heated leather steering wheel & gear knob with wood inserts: £650
  • Premium fine grain Nero leather steering wheel and gear knob: Included
  • Premium fine grain Marrone leather steering wheel and gear knob: £0
  • Premium fine grain Tortora leather steering wheel and gear knob: £0
  • Premium fine grain Blu leather steering wheel and gear knob: £0
  • Premium fine grain Marrone leather steering wheel and gear knob with wood inserts: £385
  • Premium fine grain Tortora leather steering wheel and gear knob with wood inserts: £385
  • Premium fine grain Nero leather steering wheel and gear knob with wood inserts: £385

  • Rear seat entertainment plus pack - Quattroporte: £5,400
  • Smoking kit pack - Quattroporte: £55
  • Comfort pack with premium fine grain marrone heated leather steering wheel and gear knob with wood inserts - Quattroporte: £3,245
  • Comfort pack with Premium fine grain Tortora heated leather steering wheel and gear knob with wood inserts - Quattroporte: £3,245
  • Comfort pack with premium fine grain Nero heated leather steering wheel and gear knob with wood inserts - Quattroporte: £3,245
  • Comfort pack with heated sport steering wheel and gear knob in premium fine grain Nero leather - Quattroporte: £3,245
  • Driver Assistance Pack - Quattroporte: £2,530
  • Driver Assistance Pack Plus - Quattroporte: £3,030
  • Exterior carbon Pack - Quattroporte: £1,685
  • Convenience pack - Quattroporte: £1,120
  • Rear seat entertainment pack - Quattroporte: £4,920

  • Metallic - Grigio metallo: £1,190
  • Metallic - Grigio: £1,190

  • Mica - Nero ribelle: £1,190
  • Mica - Blu passione: £1,190
  • Mica - Rosso folgore: £1,190

  • Solid - Bianco: £0
  • Solid - Nero (Black): £0

  • Pearlescent tri coat - Bianco alpi: £3,025
  • Metallescent - Grigio Maratea: £1,190
  • Pearlescent tri coat - Blu nobile: £3,025

  • Front seat ventilation: £880
  • Three rear seats with heating for two outer seats: £440

  • Extended keyless entry system including rear door: £0

  • Pieno fiore Semi-aniline natural leather with contrast stitching - Cuoio: £6,610
  • Pieno fiore Semi-aniline natural leather with contrast stitching - Grigio: £6,610
  • Pieno fiore Semi-aniline natural leather with contrast stitching - Rosso: £6,610
  • Pieno fiore Semi-aniline natural leather with contrast stitching - Sabbia: £6,610
  • Full premium fine grain leather with contrast stitching - Cuoio: £4,510
  • Full premium fine grain leather with contrast stitching - Grigio: £4,510
  • Full premium fine grain leather with contrast stitching - Rosso: £4,510
  • Full premium fine grain leather with contrast stitching - Sabbia: £4,510
  • Perforated full premium fine grain leather with contrast stitching - Cuoio: £4,510
  • Perforated full premium fine grain leather with contrast stitching - Grigio: £4,510
  • Perforated full premium fine grain leather with contrast stitching - Rosso: £4,510
  • Perforated full premium fine grain leather with contrast stitching - Sabbia: £4,510
  • Leather upholstery - Nero: £0
  • Leather upholstery - Sabbia: £0
  • Leather upholstery - Cuoio: £0
  • Leather upholstery - Totora: £0
  • Leather upholstery - Marrone: £0

  • 20" Perseo design alloy wheels: £1,870
  • 20" Mercurio design alloy wheels: £1,320
  • 19" Poseidone design alloy wheels: Included
  • 20" Forged GTS anthracite machine polished design alloy wheels: £4,510
  • 20" Forged GTS silver machine polished design alloy wheels: £4,070
  • 20" Perseo machine polished design alloy wheels: £2,310
  • 21" Forged atlante miron design alloy wheels: £6,270
  • 21" Forged atlante machine polished design alloy wheels: £5,830

  • Fix and go tyre sealing compound and electric air compressor: Included
  • 18" space saver spare wheel: £580

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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