The Maserati Quattroporte is an extraordinary car, and its design is no less impressive. Since 1963, the challenge of stylistically combining the sporty performance and the classical elegance of the most famous Italian luxury sedan has fascinated the greatest designers: Pietro Frua, Bertone, Giorgetto Giugiaro, Marcello Gandini and Pininfarina. Now, the model that represents the epitome of the Maserati philosophy has been restyled in line with tradition, the perfect synthesis of luxury and power.
Getting into the Quattroporte is like entering an exclusive lounge. Although extremely intuitive, the on-board controls are understated so that they don’t steal the limelight from the real stars: the surfaces and materials. The Poltrona Frau® leather, the fine wood and the stitching, styled according to the finest hand-crafted traditions, seamlessly follow the sleek lines of the dashboard, central tunnel and doors, enveloping the passengers in an atmosphere of luxury.
On board the Quattroporte, comfort is not just a wonderful sensation, most keenly felt when on the move, but also an objective fact: special attention has been paid to the arrangement of the seats and spaciousness. The longer wheelbase has enabled Maserati to offer rear passengers a degree of legroom that few other models in the category can match.
Although considerably larger in size, the new Quattroporte is a worthy successor to its forebears, retaining a streamlined and utterly dynamic look. The first detail of this unmistakable design is the distinctive front: the traditional Maserati oval grille, which leads on to the majestic bonnet and the new front light assemblies, with LED day lights. A stylistic feature which makes the car immediately recognisable.
The headlights almost merge into the line of the sides, which start from the familiar three air vents behind the front wheels and run on in a sequence of muscular curves to caress the new rear light assemblies. The triangular C-pillar, which carries the iconic Saetta logo, is another obvious link to tradition, and an uncompromising expression of the model’s innate sporting character.
Maserati has always been famed for its innovative engine design: in this respect the new 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 installed on the Quattroporte sets new standards, with a long list of sophisticated solutions that make this the most high-tech propulsion unit ever installed on a Maserati car. With its 530 HP, it takes the Quattroporte past the 300 km/h threshold with ease.
In spite of the long wheelbase necessary for record-breaking comfort, the new Maserati Quattroporte still offers the outstanding handling typical of the brand’s cars. Thanks to the ideal weight distribution, with the right split between the front and rear axles, it is great fun to drive. What’s more, the new steering system has been developed to give the driver unrivalled “feel” of the car when cornering at speed.