Now on its sixth iteration, Maserati’s flagship sedan gets a subtle yet stylish refresh after three years on the market. The Quattroporte’s original 2013 look receives nifty updates like a new front grille with active shutters that help reduce drag. The alluring lines are enhanced by a set of matte-black touches at the front, the rear, the side skirts and the outer mirrors.
The changes continue inside, with a modern 8.4-inch capacitive touchscreen adorning the center stack. This houses the infotainment and climate controls that blend both new technology with the old-world charm that this model is known for. Taking a cue from the Quattroporte's German counterparts, the center console now features a rotary volume knob as well as a place to store your mobile device. Speaking of infotainment systems, this one is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Being a premium sedan, the Quattroporte gets nothing but the best equipment as standard or optional extras. There is an Air Quality Sensor to purify what occupants breathe. Meanwhile, the driver is aided by such systems as lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with advanced brake assist, and surround view camera, just to name a few.
As if the Quattroporte isn’t exclusive enough, Maserati is offering two distinct trims for the ultra-discriminating client. The GranLusso trim is set apart by chrome trims on the bumper, a sculpted retroreflector, and a body-colored spoiler. The cabin gets the Ermenegildo Zegna-edition treatment in the form of unique silk fabric upholstery, and Open Pore Radica wood trims.
If sport is more your thing, you can order the GranSport package with a more aggressive fascia with splitters, a piano-black spoiler, a gloss-black bumper, and 21-inch Titano rims. The look is made even more special thanks to red brake calipers, along with blue inserts on the Trident and side Saetta badging. The cabin continues the sporty theme with a performance-oriented steering wheel and sculpted seats that help keep passengers in place during spirited driving.
Being a sports sedan, the Quattroporte is still powered by a wide range of engines. These include a Ferrari-derived 410hp TwinTurbo V6 with rear- or four-wheel drive; a 530hp V8; or a 3.0-liter V6 diesel with 275hp and an earthshaking 600Nm of torque. Each variant comes with an eight-speed ZF gearbox and the patented SkyHook shock absorbers. All these combine to provide the utmost in driving pleasure wrapped in a sleek package.
And that’s what makes the Maserati Quattroporte truly special. You get true sports-car performance while still being able to ride in the lap of luxury. How many so-called sports sedans can do that?