The latest Maserati four-door is roomier, lighter and quicker than before, even in its base trim. And it’s also available with all-wheel drive for the first time, which should prove popular across the Snowbelt states.
Two engine options have been announced so far, a V-6 and a V-8, and it’s almost certain a V-6 diesel will eventually be offered for buyers in fuel-conscious Europe.
The most powerful of the engines is the V-8, which benefits from direct fuel injection and a twin-turbocharging system. It’s rated at 530 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque (523 pound-feet with Overboost) and will rocket the big sedan from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds and see it reach a supercar-like top speed of 191 mph. It's also said to be 20 percent more efficient.
The V-6, which is also twin-turbocharged, is rated at 410 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, and is also more capable than the old V-8 model. It needs just 4.9 seconds for the 0-60 mph sprint and can reach a top speed of 177 mph.
An eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters is fitted across the board.
Cabin luxury leaps forward too, with features like the Maserati Touch Control screen, adjustable pedals, a backup camera, optional 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, and WiFi and smartphone connectivity.
This sixth generation of the Quattroporte is a significant leap forward that not only sets a high benchmark for Maserati's upcoming range of all-new models, but also remains faithful to the trident brand’s long history of luxury sports sedans. Look for the car in showrooms this spring.