Maserati Quattroporte

The Quattroporte is available in rear-wheel-drive S, all-wheel-drive S Q4 and rear-drive Trofeo trims, and all models feature generous rear seat room. Under the hood, a 3.0 liter 6-cylinder makes an impressive 424 horsepower in the Quattroporte S, while the Trofea benefits from a 3.8L twin-turbo 580 horsepower V8. Both engines are mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission.

Beyond a more spacious cabin and big power, the Quattroporte advances what a luxury sports sedan should be. S and S Q4 models include adaptive LED headlamps, 19-inch wheels, Skyhook Performance suspension, and blind spot alert. The interior is trimmed with rich leather upholstery, heated front seats, sunroof, a Harman Kardon 10-speaker audio system and a 10.1-inch touchscreen with navigation and Bluetooth. A rearview camera, adaptive cruise control and parking sensors are also standard.

The GranLusso line offers industry-exclusive silk and leather interior, ventilated front seats, chrome front fascia, 20-inch wheels, and black brake calipers.

The GranSport line has an aggressive front and rear fascia, red brake calipers, front sport seats and 20-inch wheels.

The Quattroporte is as customizable as they come, and buyers can option their sedan with various wood and carbon fiber trims, 20 and 21-inch wheels, ventilated front seats, 4-zone automatic climate control, Bowers & Wilkins 1,280 watt surround sound system, sports steering wheel and sport seats, and upgraded leather upholstery.

Packages include the carbon fiber interior package with carbon fiber paddle shifters, door sills, interior trim, and a heated black leather sport steering wheel. The full carbon fiber kit adds carbon fiber door mirrors, door handles, b-pillar and front bumper profile. The Nerissimo package includes black window surround, front grille, and side mirrors, with dark taillamps, headlamps, and exhaust tips, and body color door handles. The GT Sport Package offers sport fascia's, unique wheels, painted brake calipers, and high gloss piano black wood trim.

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Editors' First Take

The Levante Trofeo is one of the more exciting SUVs on sale right now, and for Maserati, it's been successful. So successful, in fact, that Maserati decided to take the Trofeo's secret sauce and apply it to the Ghibli and Quattroporte models, as well.

All three Trofeo models share a Ferrari-designed, cross-plane, 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8. This outstanding engine produces 580 horsepower, 538 pound-feet of torque and an exquisite yowl at full chat. The Levante Trofeo SUV uses all-wheel drive, but the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans only send the V8's power to their rear wheels.

My experience with the 2021 Trofeo range starts at Willow Springs International Raceway -- "the fastest road in the west," as it's known. The Levante feels more at home out on the Big Willow circuit, a super-fast road course with nine turns and a whole lot of elevation changes. Over the course of a half-dozen laps, the Levante impresses with its overall composure, with excellent body control and direct, accurate steering. This might be a nearly 4,800-pound SUV, but it's shockingly easy to place in corners.

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