The Maserati Quattroporte is part of a story that dates back over 100 years. It’s a story of endurance. Of embracing challenge. Of going the distance and winning. And doing it all in audacious Italian style.
Automotive luxury means something different with the Quattroporte. With this car, it’s a decidedly more focused and purposeful concept. It is, after all, a Maserati with a motor sport bloodline and a time-honoured grand touring heritage. The Quattroporte GranLusso model is a celebration of this unique approach, foregrounding the luxurious style with specific exterior refinements.
There are some individuals, however, who demand even sharper sporting focus. The GranSport convincingly meets this demand – while remaining true to the essence of luxury grand touring.
The exterior refinements include a discreet front spoiler, chrome bumper inserts, body-coloured side skirts and the GranLusso designation at the bases of the front wings.
There are also elegant 20" Mercurio light alloy wheels complete with visible brake calipers painted in black. A soft-close door system, which draws each of the four doors to a close when slightly ajar, is another welcome addition.
At the rear, the sophisticated look is enhanced by slender retro-reflectors at each side of the bumper and a body-coloured extractor.
Just like Zegna’s impeccable clothing, the car carries a personalised Ermenegildo Zegna label stitched onto the sun visors to distinguish a work of masterful quality and exclusivity – and act as a reminder that, within the automotive industry, bespoke silk interiors are unique to Maserati.
Other GranLusso cabin refinements include a wood and leather steering wheel, wood trim, a power rear sunblind, four-zone climate control and heated rear seats.
A large central front intake and side intakes have more sculpted angles, while the lower section is linked to the grille by aerodynamic splitters. A centre spoiler and side inserts, meanwhile, are finished in striking Piano Black.
Like the GranLusso, GranSport offers the hi-tech style and safety of Adaptive full LED headlights and the convenience of soft-close doors.
The GranSport is also offered with the optional Exterior Carbon Package. This features carbon finishing for the exterior door mirrors, door handles and B-pillar cover plus the profile of the front bumper.
Front and rear Sport seats in leather feature firmly sculpted profiles for optimal body support during even the most spirited drive. The Sport steering wheel in leather is ergonomically designed to capitalise on the feeling of precise control and engagement. Long gearshift panels in lightweight, cool-touch aluminium create the same effect.
A high-gloss Piano Black wood trim on the dashboard and stainless steel Sport pedals complete an inspiring overall picture.
Luxury, scale and space meet phenomenal dynamic capabilities in the Maserati Quattroporte. It’s a unique combination perfectly expressed by this vehicle’s stately and flowing yet dynamically intense exterior proportions.
The front is dominated by the characteristic grille bearing the iconic Trident.
This is perfectly complemented by 10 vertical bars in chrome that further underscore the car’s prestigious stature. The imposing presence is brought into even sharper focus by plunging character lines on the long bonnet and stylish new Adaptive full LED headlights as standard.
The side profile also reveals much about this vehicle’s commanding character. The long wheelbase is clear to see, for example, promising abundant space for all on board.
To the rear, quad chrome tailpipes signpost the continent-crossing power under the bonnet.
On the one hand, there is the awareness and the experience of massive performance. On the other, there’s meticulously-crafted comfort, technological convenience and peerless Italian style.
Signature Maserati details signpost this unique vitality.
The Quattroporte designation is a discreet, dynamic flourish across the dashboard. And, also on the dashboard, the blue Maserati clock takes centrally-mounted pride of place.
Ahead of the driver, the large speedometer and rev counter are separated by a 7” TFT display that presents the essential dynamic data. Beneath this, there is an advanced and intuitive 8.4” touchscreen infotainment system with an additional rotary control, along with a convenient phone storage box.
The seats, upper dashboard and armrests are finished in fine, hand-stitched leather. Extensive trim detailing in genuine open-pore Radica wood provides a smooth and graceful contrast. The front seats feature 12-way power adjustment and heating, while a memory function reconfigures the driver’s seat, power steering wheel and door mirror positions to precise personal settings. There is also a climate-controlled and illuminated centre console with an elegant, twin-opening movement and a 12V socket inside.
The 8.4” Maserati Touch Control Plus (MTC+) unit takes pride of place at the centre of the Quattroporte dashboard. With very few buttons plus a highly responsive interface, it is designed to help the driver maintain focus on the road ahead and mastering it is intuitive and easy.
MTC+ can be operated in three ways: via the multi-touchscreen, the rotary control in the central console, or through voice commands.
The state-of-the-art system also features both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® mirroring functions. In addition, for iPhone® users, Apple’s Siri® system acts as a personal assistant,
The Wi-Fi option is another welcome touch when you’re on the move in the Quattroporte. Simply place a SIM card into the WLAN router to access internet signals inside the car.
Harman Kardon Premium Sound system: the core of the system is a state-of-the-art, 900-watt amplifier, delivering rich and detailed sound quality, whatever the source, be it radio, MP3 player, iPhone® or audio streaming device. No fewer than 12 independent channels are deployed, for superb balance within the car environment.
Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound system: fifteen speakers, with mid-range drivers and rear-woofers made from Kevlar®, have been strategically built into the car’s architecture, while a 1,280-watt amplifier ensures immersive sound for all on board.
Maserati made safety a top priority when designing the Quattroporte.
The Maserati Stability Program (MSP) uses an array of sensors to constantly monitor driving status. It can then deploy a host of safety and performance systems to maintain handling and grip.
MSP selectively reduces engine torque and can activate the brakes with finely varied inputs to restore stability within milliseconds.
This combines the virtues of Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Lane Keeping Assist to make life even easier on motorways. Using information picked up from a digital camera mounted behind the rear-view mirror and a radar system in the front grille, HAS automatically keeps the vehicle centred in its lane, at a pre-selected speed and at a chosen distance from the vehicle ahead. It will even decelerate the Quattroporte through to a standstill as the traffic dictates. To ensure safety, HAS requires the driver to keep his or her hands on the steering wheel at all times.
This provides valuable support if the car is about to unintentionally leave a lane. A digital camera behind the rear-view mirror continuously monitors road markings to keep track of the course ahead. The instrument panel display shows the specific status. White lines on either side of the vehicle image indicate that it is safely in lane. One yellow line indicates that the Quattroporte is moving off-centre, right or left. And one flashing yellow line warns of lane departure. At that point, when the Visual & Haptic box is selected in the touchscreen display, Lane Keeping Assist actively steps in with corrective steering torque. Activation of the turn indicator overrides the system.
It can be easy to miss traffic signs sometimes, for all sorts of reasons. This is where Traffic Sign Recognition comes in. It monitors three types of sign: speed limits, temporary speed limits due to conditions such as heavy rain, and no-overtaking zones. It then displays the signs digitally in the instrument panel’s cluster display. The system works with a digital camera mounted behind the rear-view mirror and data from the navigation system.
Adaptive Cruise Control constantly monitors the vehicle ahead, maintaining a pre-set distance. With the Stop & Go function, the car will also adjust to the speed of the vehicle in front until it comes to a complete stop, if the stop is less than two seconds.
This, in combination with Adaptive Cruise Control, monitors vehicles ahead and warns if the approach could result in a rear-end collision. This is linked to the Advanced Brake Assist system, which provides additional braking during an emergency stop. If the warning does not prompt any action from the driver, the Autonomous Emergency Braking system automatically applies the brakes to reduce the car’s speed.
The Blind Spot Alert continually assesses the space between the Quattroporte and nearby vehicles by scanning blind spots on either side of the vehicle with radar-based sensors. When a vehicle enters one of these areas, a warning triangle appears in the door mirrors to alert the driver of its presence. If the turning indicator is activated to change lane, a warning is sounded. Active Blind Spot Assist increases the level of protection. Along with a visual alert in the door mirrors and an acoustic warning, it also intervenes with steering torque if the driver starts to change lanes while a vehicle is in the blind spot.
Rear Cross Path function is a welcome feature that emits a warning when an unseen vehicle is approaching, from the right or left, while reversing out of a parking space (available only in combination with Blind Spot Alert).
Exclusivity will always be a standard feature of the Quattroporte S - a rare and prestigious masterpiece for the fortunate few.