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Maserati Quattroporte

A scintillating sedan.

Like a fine piece of art, the Maserati Quattroporte looks better every time you see it. The current Quattroporte debuted in the U.S. for 2005, and its gorgeous curves continue to turn heads. In fact, many of today’s upscale four-door coupes (Aston Martin Rapide, Audi A7, Mercedes-Benz CLS, and Porsche Panamera) were clearly inspired by this Italian knockout. Early Quattroportes were hampered by an automated manual gearbox that was great on a racetrack but clunky around town. Now they all use a modern six-speed automatic. The base 4.2-liter V-8 is no longer available, so the sweet, throaty engine-compartment arias now come exclusively from a Ferrari-engineered 4.7-liter V-8. In the S, the V-8 makes 434 hp and is good for 177 mph. A $7950 premium buys the Sport GTS (444 hp, 178 mph) with a lower, firmer suspension; a competition-inspired exhaust system; high-performance Brembo brakes; and a racier transmission that matches revs on downshifts. The Quattroporte offers a dozen or so different shades of leather coverings for the seats, dashboard, and steering wheel, and they can be combined with several types of wood trim. There are twenty exterior colors, seven wheel designs, and six hues for the brake calipers. Furthermore, the Officine Alfieri Maserati program offers “almost limitless customization.”

COMPETITORS

Aston Martin Rapide

Jaguar XJ

Mercedes-Benz CLS-class

Porsche Panamera

new for 2013

Like the two-door Maseratis, Quattroporte sedans get a 10-hp uptick to the 4.7-liter V-8.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front, front side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are ABS, traction and stability control, electronic brake-force distribution, and tire-pressure monitors.

MPG

CITY 12

HWY 18

PRO

One of the sexiest sedans ever

Handling defies its passenger capacity

CON

Poor infotainment graphics

Pricier than some rivals

Base Price Range: $132,150–$140,100

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Rear-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: S, Sport GTS

BODY STYLE: Sedan, 5-passenger

ENGINE: 4.7L V-8, 434/444 hp, 361/376 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic

PASSENGER VOLUME: N/A

CARGO SPACE: 15.9 cu ft

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