MODENA, Italy – After 42 months of “unprecedented success” in international markets Maserati’s Quattroporte has been substantially restyled “to accentuate its elegance without altering its signature Maserati personality”.
The car, its maker says, represents “the quintessence of Italian sport saloons”, is already in global showrooms and is “destined to continue a success story that started in 2013”.
Since its initial launch this the Maserati flagship model has been delivered to more than 24 000 customers in 72 countries – among them South Africa.
The exterior, despite a new bumper design with a matte-black profile at the front and matte-black extractor at the rear, is “still recognisable”.
“The grille,” Maserati says, “is more pointed and imposing and introduces vertical chromed elements that contrast with the deepness of the shark-nose effect.
“Other distinguishing details are the matte-black skirts and exterior mirrors, slightly restyled to incorporate new technical elements.”
Maserati has also introduced an electrically-adjustable shutter inside the grille – an indeed a number of automakers are now doing – to control the engine’s fluid temperature..
“With the optimisation of the front and rear bumpers, air conveyor and flat bottom, the aerodynamic drag of the car has been reduced by 10%.”
Improvements to the cabin, Maserati says, were introduced “to enhance the purity of the model by underlining only the functional parts”. This, we are told, has been achieved “through the clean integration of the new interface elements with the infotainment area and tunnel console”.
NEW INFO CENTRE LIKES APPLE AND ANDROID
The centre of the facia now accommodates a high-resolution, multicunction, 21cm touchscreen. There’s also new auto aircon controls.
The central lower console now has a rotary control for audio volume and functions, a new lid and a phone-storage compartment. “The stylistic approach to these functional elements.” Maserati says, “permits a minimalist design for the centre of the dashboard.
“The new infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring functions.”
Optional is a new package of advanced driving assistance items, among them adaptive cruise control with auto stop/go, lane departure warning and forward collision warning with emergency braking.
A “surround-view” camera is another option.
The GranLusso and GranSport claim to be for two distinct new worlds. Maserati says it has “always represented the perfect blend of luxury and sportiness thanks to race-bred engineering”. So, the restyled flagship has two trim options “to emphasise the two key pillars of the brand’s DNA: GranLusso and GranSport”.
SEEKING ‘DISTINCTIVE’ AND ‘UNIQUE’?
They are, the automaker says, available as an upgrade for both Quattroporte V6 powertrains (Diesel and S) though each will cost the same.
The top-of-the-range Quattroporte GTS with its twin-turbo V8 will be available only with either the GranLusso or GranSport trim as standard. Each, Maserati says, “was conceived to meet the needs of customers who want a distinctive and unique product in the executive saloon segment”.
GranLusso and GranSport are immediately recognisable thanks to their distinct exterior design and unique interiors. So, the GranLusso…
…is said to “re-interpret the concept of luxury in a race-bred luxury sedan by enhancing the exterior finish and improving cabin comfort with a higher level of luxury using exclusive materials and special features in the finest tradition of Italian craftsmanship”.
The GranLusso is distinctive with its a new front lower faccia design with a floating bridge and a spoiler, detailed by the chromed bumper and body-colour bumper profiles and skirts, while the rear is even cleaner with a sculpted retro-reflector and a body-coloured spoiler.
POWER PEDALS AND SUNBLIND
20” rims and black brake calipers are standard. The cabin has silk, said to be unique in the industry, upholstery, headliner and sun visors. Wood features on the cabin facia and leather-clad steering wheel.
The trim integrates comfort equipment such as power pedals and rear sunblind, four-zone aircon and heatable rear seat.
And the GranSport trim…
…underscores the sporty character of the Quattroporte while enhancing the assertive appearance. Exterior design cues are said to “reflect the racing heritage of Maserati”.
The car’s centre and side air intakes have improved cooling; the lower facia is linked to the grille with aerodynamic splits; the tail is characterised by two side pockets that focus attention on the exhausts and a black spoiler.
21” wheel rims and gloss black bumpers, red brake callipers and blue inserts in the front Trident and Saetta badges as well as blue Tridents on the wheel centres denote the model. A gloss black grille can be ordered.
UNDER THE BONNET – A FERRARI ENGINE
Inside are redesigned carbon fibre seats and a leather sport steering wheel, gloss black wood trim on the dashboard, new sport seats, aluminium gearshift paddles and stainless-steel pedals.
Engine-wise, the Quattroporte remains faithful to its traditions with a very wide range of engines and transmissions starting with the Quattroporte GTS powered by the 3.8-litre Ferrari V8 Twin Turbo with rear wheel drive and capable of 310 km/h / 0-100km/h in 4.7sec.
There’s also a rear-wheel drive, three-litre Ferrari-produced V6 Twin Turbo, the Quattroporte S at the top of its class.
EIGHT-SPEED ZF IN ALL MODELS
The range is completed by the Quattroporte Diesel; equipped with a three-litre V6 Turbo capable of 252 km/h and a 6.4sec to 100km/h.
All versions of the Quattroporte will have a ZF eight-speed auto transmission and electronic Skyhook shock-absorbers and “an ideal 50:50 weight distribution and extensive use of aluminium in the chassis, body and suspension.