In order to increase the profits and the lost glory, Maserati unveiled in 2014 a reborn Quattroporte. The success was obvious, and it’s true, a car enthusiast cannot deny the piece-of-art that Italians vehicles are. The Quattroporte and its close sibling, the Ghibli, are intended to strike a profitable market of luxury and performance blended with flexible four-door cars.
Indeed, Quattroporte means “four-doors” in Italian, and some good news is that this car remains with the same flawless exterior and interior aesthetic. The Italian’s taste for cars is outstanding, while only a privileged few can aspire to someday build a car of this proportions. Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati know how to deliver to a privileged customers chain an exotic car like no other.
The refreshment came grained, with a few improvements in the Quattroporte’s totality. Let’s review this Italian trident.
Mediterranean Performance and Drivetrain
The Quattroporte has really good performance and handling features. There are two options in performance matter, first a twin-turbo 3.0L V6 capable of developing up to 404 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 406 lb-ft of torque between 1750 and 5000 rpm. These specs allow the Quattroporte to launch from standstill to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 177 mph. This engine is available in the S and S Q4 trims.
The biggest and fastest option is the twin-turbo 3.8 L V8 delivering 523 horsepower between 6500 and 6800 rpm, and 524 lb-ft of torque between 2000 and 4000 rpm during the Over Boost function. The acceleration is a slightly better, being an acceleration from standstill to 60mph in 4.7seconds, but we expect more firepower from the bigger engine.
The Quattroporte has a smooth, response-rich ride while paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. A four-wheel drive is available on the V6 version in left-hand drive markets only. The Quattroporte and the Ghibli share more than a four-door concept, being the Q4 drivetrain the same as the one in the Ghibli.
Since the twin.turbo 3.8L V8 is available only with rear-wheel-drive, the S and the Q4 features an all-wheel-drive layout. The performance in this car is something to bear in mind, but the some competitors offer more power. It isn’t bad or sluggish at all, but there is a clear lack of power. Also, another flank is the poor fuel efficiency for a luxury and performance sedan. The ratings are 16 mpg in city and 23 mpg on highways for the V6. And the V8 is rated 15 mpg in city and 22 mpg on the highway.
Outstanding Design with an Upscale Interior
Something to highlight in Italian car makers is the beauty and sexiness of their creations. The front fascia has that respectful grille with a trident between with the LED headlights, which are gentle but aggressive. From sideways, the 2016 Quattroporte is phenomenal. The wheels and those gills make this car stylish and refined with an athletic silhouette. The rear is opulent and with the Maserati’s own style.
The cockpit is all about wealth, luxury, and top notch materials. The steering wheel is simple and not too sexy, how it has to be. The center console has the word “simplicity” all over it, featuring a huge infotainment system. You could be amazed by the attention to details inside the cockpit. Almost nothing is wrong with it.
The interior has three layers: leather, wood, and aluminum, all of them configurable to taste. There are many things positive about this car and others not so much. For example, the air vents are plastic, nasty brightwork on doors, and the gear selector is extremely tedious to use.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 Quattroporte has incredible things in favor along it’s power and lavish comfort provided, but there are minimal flanks as well. It’s another good luxurious car made by Italians.
Starting price at US$69.000.