The 2020 Maserati Quattroporte is the Italian model’s flagship sedan. There’s just one different Maserati sedan — the Ghibli — however the Quattroporte instructions the large bucks with its mix of opulent luxurious and efficiency, all topped off by a Ferrari-sourced engine. We drove the Quattroporte S This autumn in GranLusso trim, which is the much less highly effective and cheaper companion of the GTS. Since it is the GranLusso, it added silk-and-leather upholstery, heated and cooled seats, a chrome entrance fascia insert, 20-inch wheels and shiny black brake calipers.
A powerful, high-tech 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine lurks beneath the S This autumn’s hood making 424 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque, each respectable numbers for a boosted six-cylinder. It’s paired with a ZF eight-speed computerized transmission that’ll ship this massive sedan from 0-60 mph in simply 4.8 seconds. The all-wheel drive system isn’t any slouch. It sends 100% of the facility to the rear wheels in most driving situations, however can rapidly ship as a lot as 50% of torque to the entrance wheels if it detects a lack of grip. It additionally has a limited-slip rear differential.
At about 207 inches in size, there’s no disguising that the Quattroporte is a big automotive. It’s about the identical dimension as a BMW 7 Sequence, Audi A8 or Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan. Once you’re competing with these names, the requirements for excellence are typically off the charts. After all, Maserati comes with its personal expectations and requirements of efficiency. This automotive’s electrically-controlled adaptive dampers, Brembo brakes and distinctive exhaust word go a good distance towards enhancing the driving expertise, however learn on to see what our editors suppose after spending per week within the driver’s seat.
Senior Editor, Inexperienced, John Beltz Snyder: Listening to the phrase “Maserati” evokes one thing. A way of exotica and exclusivity, notions of efficiency and luxurious, whiffs of elitism and perhaps even envy. When folks see a Maserati Quattroporte in particular person, little or no of that occurs. Folks will eye a Bentley, give a thumbs-up to a passing Porsche, and straight-up gawk on the proper Jaguar. In contrast, nobody appeared to note this Maserati, be it on the freeway or when parked subsequent to them within the car parking zone.
I can’t blame them. Its design doesn’t actually scream, effectively, something. Beneath regular driving, the three.0-liter V6 beneath the hood doesn’t both. In Sport mode, although, the twin-turbocharged Ferrari-sourced engine raises its voice in a sonorous growl. Simply ensure you roll the window down, or else that music can be merely for the advantage of bystanders. From the driving force’s seat, this automotive is quiet.
Which is okay. The Quattroporte does the luxurious a part of the formulation fairly effectively. It’s remarkably clean, and mixed with comfy, supportive seating, it does an ideal job of holding the surface world from bothering you in any respect. It certain made lengthy stretches of the freeway really feel so much shorter.
And, fairly frankly, it does the efficiency half effectively, too, however its composure makes all of it really feel so drama-free. For those who’re searching for the standard adrenaline rush related to Italian vehicles, this automotive would possibly depart you trying to find extra. The Quattroporte S This autumn has a 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds. That acceleration doesn’t really feel like a lot from the driving force’s seat, however in the event you watch the speedo, the needle sweeps up and previous that mark in a blink. I couldn’t really feel a lot, but it surely was fast sufficient to get a scolding from my son within the again seat for driving too quick. The aforementioned Sport mode, massive set of paddle shifters and a stiffer suspension mode (which does fairly a bit to assist the chassis hug the dips and swoops within the street) make it at the least a bit partaking while you actually crave it. With time, it’s attainable I may have realized to bop higher with this automotive. It’s definitely not clumsy. Even so, the Quattroporte is far more Concorde than fighter jet.
I do know there can be those that discover this Maserati’s seems to be far more thrilling than I do, and for whom calm quickness is precisely what they’re searching for in a car. For these people, they’ll discover a good car within the Quattroporte, and it’s one thing a bit totally different and fewer hard-edged than German luxurious vehicles. If that’s you, by all means, get pleasure from. It’s a wonderful car, and even when it didn’t flip heads for me right here in Michigan, it gained’t look or sound like the remainder of the luxurious commuters.
Affiliate Editor Byron Hurd: I really feel like I must make clear proper off the highest that John and I did not take turns driving the Quattroporte. As a consequence of social distancing issues and sanitizing protocols, that simply is not simply executed. My notes are primarily based on driving the identical car briefly again in July.
As good because the Quattroporte is, it lacks the sense of event that you just get from its rivals. Its styling would not actually excite, nor does it convey that very same sense of refined understatement that you just usually get with vehicles on this house. As an alternative, it is simply sort of … there.
The drive expertise is equally unremarkable to me. It does its job very effectively, however in that employee bee form of manner, not the fast-track-to-upper-management selection. It is fast, comfy, and may do an inexpensive approximation of a giant sport sedan while you set it up correctly, but it surely’s not the form of automotive that encourages a spirited method behind the wheel.
For those who ask me, the S This autumn Gran Lusso’s occasion piece is its again seat. The four-seater has a completely cavernous again bench (that time period does it a disservice) with tons of consolation and comfort options. It is the one a part of the Quattroporte that feels something approaching opulent and it will be an exquisite place to loosen up for an extended street journey.
However these are Drivers’ Notes, not riders’ notes, and by these requirements, I simply can’t get excited concerning the Quattroporte.