The Quattroporte is available in rear-wheel-drive S, all-wheel-drive S Q4 and rear-drive GTS 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 Quattroporte GTS benefits from a 3.8 liter twin-turbo 523 horsepower V8, which Maserati says will power the car to a 0-60 time of 4.7 seconds and a 193mph top speed. 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 an 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation and Bluetooth. A rearview camera, adaptive cruise control and parking sensors are also standard.
The more powerful GTS has standard 20-inch wheels, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, wood and silk trim, steering wheel-mounted aluminum paddle shifters, and power-adjustable foot pedals.
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.
The limited Edizione Ribelle series and limited edition Zegna Pelletessuta models are available in limited production.
Alfa Romeo and Maserati are two different Italian brands in the larger Fiat Chrysler fiefdom. Alfa feels like its own automaker, with evocative styling and parts you'd be hard-pressed to see anywhere outside another Alfa Romeo. Maserati, on the other hand, is more of a corporate luxury brand, borrowing more from its family in pursuit of creating smooth, comfortable cars. In that sense, the 2020 Quattroporte follows through with its intentions, though I can't help but wonder if the ol' trident is double-dipping too many of its chips.
When Maserati had one sedan, it was easy to figure out which it was -- it was that one. Now there are two, though, and it's surprisingly hard to tell the Quattroporte and Ghibli apart. Perhaps that's just a sign of the times, considering I havethe exact same issue trying to figure out whether a blur on the highway was an S-Class or an E-Class, a 7 Series or a 5. But while its Teutonic competition has kept things staid in recent memory, Maserati's styling is at least distinct. The front grille's odd cut and small opening remind me of the QPs of yore, while curves and cut lines abound from the headlight to the trunk lid, although some of it gets lost in my tester's base white paint, as delightful and pearlescent as it is.
If the exterior does its best to stand out, the interior plays it closer to the chest. This Quattroporte SQ4 is the GranLusso variant, which ratchets up the luxury to focus on plushness, unlike the sportier-looking GranSport. There's a whole lot to like in here, whether it's the matte wood with its tactile grain or the leather that's just about as soft as I've felt in a sub-$250,000 car. It all intermingles on a nice, if simply designed, dashboard. The real visual effort comes through in the door panels and seats, where there are plenty of neat stitching and more high-quality materials. A massive center console splits the car in two through to the back (a $4,000 option), leaving four individual seats that offer plenty of space to get comfortable, and the power-reclining rear buckets in my tester make this car feel equally nice for drivers and driven alike.
The Good ~ Comfortable cruising ~ Hushed interior ~ Excellent infotainment
The Bad ~ Lacks emotion ~ Chrysler bits everywhere ~ Drivetrain needs refining
The Bottom Line If your big-body cruiser must be Italian, the Maserati Quattroporte fits the bill, but it might leave you wanting more.
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