While Maserati is known for style and having created some of the all-time best sports cars and luxury sedans, the new Maserati Quattroporte GTS may be its masterpiece. All new design and with new materials to make it nearly 200 pounds lighter and eight inches longer, this sixth-generation model is what enthusiasts have been waiting for.
The new Quattroporte features a new Maserati-designed and Ferrari-built 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 engine that produces 523 horsepower, nets a top speed of greater than 190 mph and achieves 0-60 in 4.7 seconds. This is the fastest sedan on the road. The new eight-speed, ZF automatic gearbox makes for fluid shifting. This software-enhanced transmission is more efficient and designed to optimize fuel economy. Performance is enhanced with the new chassis (reported to be the Chrysler 300 chassis) and a significant weight reduction by the use of aluminum throughout, including an all-aluminum suspension. The Quattroporte is incredibly dexterous and nimble. The engine has a powerful roar and boasts a stance that is eye-catching.
The interior is luxurious, although tamed a bit from previous versions. Adorned with technology and innovations that impress, the 8.4-inch display is a touch-controlled command center for entertainment, navigation and information systems. A full four inches has been added to the rear seating area, allowing for the tallest of passengers to feel like they are lounging in this relaxed cabin. Maserati offers many features and even some elite options that can customize the vehicle for individual taste and styling.
The wood trim, true leather and chrome appointments are described as too “corporate” for this Italian carmaker, and some feel its partnership with Chrysler is demonstrating “mass market” business practices that may be hampering design. But new technology, enhanced power and fuel efficiencies are moving Maserati in the right direction and giving this elite brand something to boast about once again.