The new entry Quattroporte is largely identical to the more powerful model in features and equipment, but power is instead provided by a twin-turbo V6 in place of the GTS’s turbo eight.
In the V6 S, power is rated at 310kW at 5500rpm, and 550Nm from 1750rpm. By comparison, the V8 GTS offers 390kW at 6500rpm and 650Nm from 2000rpm: 710Nm with its overboost function.
But, while the more powerful (and more expensive) GTS hits 100km/h in 4.7 seconds, the V6 is right behind at just 5.1 seconds.
That’s a 0.4 second gap, with a whopping $79,800 price difference. (Those seconds can probably be reclaimed with the change… - Ed.)
The only transmission on offer is a ZF eight-speed unit, and fuel consumption is rated at listed 10.4 l/100km. The V8 lists fuel use at 11.8 l/100km.
On the styling front, the V6 S is set apart from its GTS sibling with its own 19-inch wheel design, along with unique interior trim.
The Quattroporte also features Maserati's new Skyhook suspension system, along with adjustable dampers and speed-sensitive hydraulic steering. A mechanical limited-slip differential is also featured.
Depending on specification, the Quattroporte range’s lengthy features list includes 8.4 and 10.2 inch displays, 10- or 15-speaker audio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, full leather trim, five- or four-seat layouts (your choice), dual- or quad-zone climate control with 13 vents and adaptive cruise control.
The extensive suite of safety features includes six airbags, reversing camera and parking sensors, hill-hold, the Maserati Stability Program and anti-slip control.
The new Quattroporte measures 5263mm long and 1948mm wide, marking a considerable growth spurt, with the old model coming in 163mm shorter and 64mm narrower.
The wheelbase has also been stretched 107mm to 3170mm, with a focus on improved rear legroom.
Maserati says the bigger dimensions have delivered a 105mm increase in rear leg room, while rear storage is up an extra 80 litres to 530 litres.
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