The current Maserati Quattroporte, the fifth generation of Maserati’s big four-door sedan, has been around for a while now, first coming onto the market back in 2004. Most of its rivals have been updated or completely redesigned since then, but so has the Quattroporte. It underwent a significant facelift for the 2009 model year so for 2011 there a few changes to the lineup.
The Quattroporte, which translates roughly to “four-door” in Italian, retains its elegant flowing lines and powerful Ferrari-derived engine.
The base model, which lists for around $120,000, gets a 4.2-liter V-8, the same unit found in the base 2011 Maserati GranTurismo
, and a peak output of 400 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It will accelerate the big sedan from 0-60 mph in around 5.5 seconds.
Moving up the line is the mid-level Quattroporte S, which gets the bigger and more powerful 4.7-liter V-8 engine found in the GranTurismo lineup as well. It develops a peak output of 430...