Maserati Quattroporte Review
The glory the Italian auto Giant Maserati enjoys is a result of the phenomenal innovations and technologies it gifts the world and this time it is with the reveal of its another successor christened as the Maserati Quattroporte. As correctly indicated by the car's name, 'Quattroporte' that stands for 'four-door', is a 4-door sports luxury saloon which marked its debut in 1963. The car holds the same passionate spirit of excellence as the 1963 model and presently stands with a polished refinement in its sixth generation launched in 2013. The saloon features a striking and captivating exterior design which looks as spontaneous as it actually is and never fails to leave a lasting desire for the car at just a glance. The car is a perfect amalgamation of a sports car and a luxurious saloon with a powerful driving experience. The exquisite saloon comes in four faces according to their power and acceleration values and the powerplant fitted. These include the Quattroporte S, S Q4, GTS and Diesel variants. The soul injecting life in the most dynamic Quattroporte GTS variant is a 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 engine that is designed with utter perfection and refinement and uses the classic 90degree V configuration to extract a power output of 530 hp at 6800 rpm and a maximum torque of 650 Nm between 2000 to 4000 rpm. Collectively with the silky-smooth 8-speed automatic transmission and the use of low-inertia twin-scroll turbines this engine ensures swifter accelerator reactions and projects the car to a speed of 100 km/hr from naught in mere 4.7 seconds. Coming over to the interior design, the interior designers of the saloon have used their creativity with utter dedication to give the car a solemnly comfortable and luxurious cabin with a purely ergonomic cockpit design. The sprinting horse is all in your controls with the handling assists like the Maserati Stability Programme (MSP), Electronic Parking Brake, cruise control, Acceleration Skid Control (ASC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution).
Mileage and Fuel Economy
Owing to the refinement injected in the diesel engine's DNA in the form of technologies like high-pressure direct injection it displays a precise combustion process at high speeds and yields an appreciable combined fuel economy of 6.2 litres/100km.
The signature 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 engine, sitting under the hood of the GTS variant burns oil efficiently to extract out each unit of energy from the fuel and offer you high peaks of power and torque. The maximum power churned out by this furious power plant is 530 hp at 6800 rpm coupled with a maximum torque value of 650 Nm between 2000 to 4000 rpm.
Acceleration and Pick-Up
Ferocious is the word which defines the acceleration value of this fast saloon. The well-cultivated power mill of the most exhilarating GTS variant hugs a butter-smooth 8-speed automatic transmission, which in coordination with the engine catapults the car smoothly to a speed of 100 km/h from naught in an enthralling 4.7 seconds.
The exterior design of the car is something which the designers can surely boast about. The car has an elegantly streamlined body with a low and aerodynamically shaped aqueous design. The attributes like the elongated and curvaceous bonnet design, a signature oval radiator grille and sharp, dazzling headlights with daytime running LEDs and the Maserati logo on the fluidic front bonnet integrated with bonnet louvers, together gives the front appearance of the car an irresistible and captivating look. The sleek silhouette design of the car blended with the rear sporty appearance fetches a ready-to-fly identity for the car.
Contributing towards the aerodynamic and sleek exterior looks of the car the external dimensions of the car reads 5262 mm x 1948 mm x 1481 mm (L x W x H) and the car has a long wheelbase of 3171 mm, which further contributes towards stability of the saloon.
The royal luxury offered by this Maserati successor with its interior design is incomparable. The interior designers have crafted the interiors artistically keeping in mind the perfect ergonomics that is required in a sports car, the infotainment system and control panel is such designed so as to cause no impedance in the driver's area of sight. The soul intuitive instrument cluster, chromed gear lever, touch screen compatible with navigation system and the leather attired multifunctional steering wheel are added to give the car's interior a sporty convenience. The aesthetics displayed by the car's interior solemnly defines a fine specimen of craft. The soothing interior lighting effect helps in fetching the interior its own charm.
Maserati Quattroporte has ultra-comfortable interiors which surely makes you feel it's a Maserati you are living in. As soon as you sit in the cabins of the car an oasis of calmness surrounds you and offers you the real pleasure of a drive. The car features the large leather-wrapped ultra-comfortable wrap-around seats with electric height and angle adjustments. The luxury employed in the artistically crafted interiors is further accentuated by the ultra-clear sound system, the efficient automatic climate control and the Poltrona Frau leather upholstery running from inlays, centre tunnel to door panels.
Being a deluxe sedan the car provides a spacious seating arrangement with large legroom. With all these space requirements the car manages to buy you a boot space of 530 litres, which is as generous as it sounds.
Engine and Performance
At the center of the GTS variant of the saloon lies its heart named as the 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 engine, that helps the swift saloon display its sportiness unmistakably by churning out a maximum power of 530 hp at 6800 rpm and a maximum torque of 650 Nm between 2000 to 4000 rpm. In coordination with the 8-speed transmission, this engine projects the saloon swiftly to achieve a speed of 100 km/hr from naught in not more than 4.7 seconds. The engine owing to the technologies like high-pressure direct injection maintains a perfect ignition and injection timing and hence an efficient combustion process during high speed operations. This allows the car to feature a combined fuel economy of 11.8 litres/100km.
Stereo and Accessories
All the luxury added to the interiors of the car is made more impressive with the advanced list of stereo and accessories added to the car. Contributing to this list the car features a optional Bowers & Wilkins Premium Surround system with 15 speakers, Harman's QuantumLogic signal processing and AuroVox equalization ensure that everyone gets a fair hearing of the ultra-clear sound experience it features. The interiors also enclose a 7-inch colour display with on board computer/drive infos and the available Maserati touch Control Unit. 8.4-inch touchscreen display, including navigation, radio, CD/DVD player, USB and AUX-in, Bluetooth function for audio streaming etc.
The shoes with which the enchanting saloon explores the roads are the spectacular 19-inch alloy wheel designs with Tritone design. These wheels promise you a highly dependable operation with a desired road-hugging experience.
Braking and Handling
The furious speeds of the fast saloon are restrained and retarded using the braking system consisting of four wheel ventilated disc brakes with dual-cast technology on front as well as rear wheels with handling assistance provided by the ABS (Antilock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA). The ultra-responsive car is supported by an advanced suspension system consisting of unequal length control arms with forged aluminium arms and hub carriers, coil springs as well as anti-roll bars on both axles that gives hassle free handling to the car.
Safety and Security
Safety is a thing of great concern and being a Maserati car it is even greater. The engineers have employed an extensive list of safety features to serve an optimum amount of safety to the passengers. The car features a handling assistance by the features like the Maserati Stability Programme (MSP), Electronic Parking Brake, Cruise Control, Acceleration Skid Control (ASC) and pressure loss warning system. The car is also equipped with basic safety features like front, side and window airbags for front passengers and driver, 3-point seat belts with automatic comfort fit and so on.
- Sporty and aqueous exterior design
- Ferocious and unadulterated motoring experience
- Artistic and intuitive interior design
- Interior luxury can be improved further
- Tough competition from its German and English counterparts