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.”
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Like the two-door Maseratis, Quattroporte sedans get a 10-hp uptick to the 4.7-liter V-8.
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.
One of the sexiest sedans ever
Handling defies its passenger capacity
Poor infotainment graphics
Pricier than some rivals
Base Price Range: $132,150–$140,100
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