MASERATI

MASERATI QUATTROPORTE SALOON V8 Trofeo 4dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2277 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 current version - an improved version of the sixth-generation model 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.

LA DOLCE VITA

When it comes to feel-good cars, there's not much that can touch Maserati's beautifully elegant Quattroporte. Jonathan Crouch looks at the current version.

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 current version - an improved version of the sixth-generation model 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.

Background

Maserati as a brand is going places. The company's Levante SUV is racking up some decent sales numbers and the car we look at here, the Quattroporte luxury sports saloon, has been a steady seller for the brand in its first half decade 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 current 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. With diesel power now spurned by Maserati, most UK buyers order their cars with the most affordable 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, a 359PS unit that fitted to the base 'GT' variant can take you to 62mph in 5.5s en route to 166mph. If you simply must have your Quattroporte with more power - a point of view we can understand - the mid-range engine is a 430hp version of that same 3.0 V6, which is fitted to the 'Modena' model and makes 62mph in 5.0s en route to 179mph. 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. Want more under your right boot? Try the 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 that's fitted to the top 'Trofeo' version and is 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. Power for all Quattroporte models is directed through a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Design and Build

At the front, 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 is styled with two side pockets that focus the attention on the exhausts. An aggressive black piano spoiler completes the rear view. Inside, there's a smart touchscreen infotainment system and buyers also get front and rear sports eats with sculptured profiles, plus a sports 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. 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 £90,000 for the entry-level GT which has a 3.0 petrol V6. There are two other trim levels: 'Modena', which uses a 430hp version of that 3.0-litre V6 and costs around £102,000); and 'Trofeo' (which uses a 3.8-litre V8 with 580hp and costs around £130,000. In the last few years with this model, 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 8 Series Gran Coupe right up to cars such as the 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. The top 3.8-litre V8 'Trofeo' version can only manage 23.1mpg on the combined cycle. Don't expect the V6s to do much better. 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 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 reasonably media-savvy - an area which rather dated Quattroportes in the past. Overall, if you add up all the points, you'd probably buy 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
  • Laminated rear glass with high thermal and noise insulation
  • Laminated front glass with high thermal and noise insulation
  • Heated windscreen washer nozzles

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

  • Velour floormats

  • Skyhook - Electronically variable active damping suspension system
  • High double wishbone front suspension with 5-arm multilink rear suspension

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

  • Front and rear parking sensors with graphical display on central digital cluster
  • Electric power steering with speed sensitive features
  • Corsa mode setting with launch control via sport button with affecting gear change, accelerator response, power steering and exhaust bypass valves

  • Power boot lid with kick sensor
  • Wireless charger
  • Stop/start system

  • Maserati dash mounted design specific clock
  • Service interval indicator
  • Maserati Touch Control + with 10.1" touch screen with rotary control, Android automotive OS, naviagtion, radio, bluetooth, AHA system, car set up
  • Maserati connected services including connect app, maintenance, emergency call and breakdown call
  • 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

  • DAB radio preparation

  • Active exhaust sound system
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Trofeo Specific engine cover in carbon fibre
  • Front and rear steel door sills with maserati sign
  • Trofeo exterior trim
  • Black Day Light opening (DLO) surround
  • Air shutter control
  • Body colour door handles, side skirt, black gloss insert, front/ rear sport fascias with front inserts, front splitter and rear diffuser carbon fibre
  • Front grille with double vertical grille bars in piano black finish
  • Twin, trapezoidal integrated dual pipe exhaust system in dark finish

  • Full LED adaptive MATRIX headlights with anti-glare high beam assist and automatic headlight activation
  • Dark taillights
  • Automatic headlights
  • LED daytime running lights

  • Air quality sensor

  • 'Easy entry-exit' feature on steering column
  • Front and rear map pockets
  • Soft close doors
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals
  • Electric height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Rear armrest with USB charger, 12V socket and 2 hidden cup holders
  • Power rear sunblind
  • Front armrest with twin mechanical opening, with illuminated storage compartment, air conditioned, 12V socket and 2 cup holders
  • Front and rear head restraints with embossed Trofeo logo
  • Pieno fiore natural leather upholstery

  • White night ambient lighting with dimming function

  • Front and rear seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with pressure displayed within the central digital cluster
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Window airbags
  • Driver/front passenger dual stage smart airbags
  • Head airbags
  • Front side airbags

  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Seatback pockets
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • 60/40 split rear bench seat
  • 3 seat rear bench
  • Front seat ventilation
  • 8 way electrically adjustable front sports seats + 4 way adjustable lumbar support with driver side two memory
  • Three rear seats with heating for two outer seats

  • 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
  • Remote central locking

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

  • Summer tyres

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 282
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 277

  • CC: 3799
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 86.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 80.8
  • Cylinders: 8
  • Cylinder Layout: V8
  • Number of Valves: 32
  • Camshaft: QUAD CAM
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 23.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 22.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 12.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 12.5

  • Generation Mark: 6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • 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: 580
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.8
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Trofeo
  • Coin Description: V8
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 4
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.5
  • Top Speed: 203
  • Engine Power - KW: 427
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 538
  • Engine Torque - NM: 730
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2250
  • Engine Power - BHP: 580
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 74.4

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 245/35 R21
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: ORIONE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 285/30 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 21" ALLOY

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

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.8
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 530
  • No. of Seats: 5

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

  • Brake calipers in blue: £225
  • Brake calipers in red: Included
  • Silver brake calipers: £225
  • Black brake calipers: £225
  • Brake calipers in anodised red: £2,160

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

  • Homelink (programmable garage door opener): £240

  • Body colour door mirrors: Included

  • High gloss piano black interior trim: £0
  • High gloss carbon fibre twill interior trim: Included
  • High gloss rovere veneer wood interior trim: £0

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

  • Electric glass tilt and slide sunroof: £1,650
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £1,190
  • Mica paint: £1,190
  • Pearlescent tri coat paint: £3,025
  • Metallescent paint: £1,190

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

  • Maserati active shifting aluminium gear shift paddles: Included
  • Zegna interior trim with seat squab, backrest, dashboard trim + Pieno Fiore headrest, door panels and bolsters + contrast stitching: £4,000
  • Fabric headlining trim: Included
  • Alcantara headlining: £1,275
  • Nero heated leather sport steering wheel: £265
  • Nero leather sport steering wheel: Included
  • Nero leather sport steering wheel with carbon fibre insert: £595

  • Smoking kit pack - Quattroporte: £55
  • Interior carbon pack - Quattroporte: £1,550
  • Driver Assistance Pack - Quattroporte: £2,690
  • Driver Assistance Pack Plus - Quattroporte: £3,190
  • Exterior carbon Pack - Quattroporte: £1,685

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

  • Pearlescent tri coat - Bianco alpi: £3,025

  • Extended keyless entry system including rear door: £192

  • Pieno fiore natural leather with contrast stitching - Cuoio: £0
  • Pieno fiore natural leather with contrast stitching - Grigio: £0
  • Pieno fiore natural leather with contrast stitching - Rosso: £0
  • Pieno fiore natural leather with contrast stitching - Sabbia: £0

  • 20" Urano glossy black alloy wheels: £0
  • 21" Forged orione silver design alloy wheels: £440
  • 21" Forged orione dark design alloy wheels: Included

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

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