Maserati’s all-new Quattroporte is here at last, launching in Australia this week in V8 form, and next month with a petrol six.
If you must have one right away, the V8 will set you back $319,800 plus on-roads. Hold out until February and you can get into the six from $240,000.
Both are turbocharged and rear-wheel-drive, mated to ZF’s eight-speed automatic transmission.
There’s a diesel model available in overseas markets but, for now at least, it hasn’t been made available to the Australian market. Likewise, the all-wheel-drive option is exclusive to Europe, North America and China.
The twin-turbo V6 that powers the entry Quattroporte S produces 301kW at 5500rpm and 550Nm from 1750rpm.
Maserati says the V6 will push the 1860kg sedan to 96km/h (60mph) in 5.1 seconds, with a top speed of 285km/h.
Go for the twin-turbo 3.8 litre V8-powered Quattroporte GTS, and power climbs to 390kW at 6500rpm and 650Nm from 2000rpm: 710Nm with its overboost function.
In the GTS, the 0-100km/h time drops to 4.7 seconds, while top speed gets up to 307km/h.
That’s a welcome improvement over the outgoing model, which offered a 294kW 4.2 V8, and a 4.7 litre V8 producing 316 or 324kW, depending on specification.
Both of the new engine options are put together by Fiat's powerhouse stablemate Ferrari at its Maranello plant.
The Quattroporte also features Maserati's new Skyhook suspension system, along with adjustable dampers and speed-sensitive hydraulic steering.
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.
Standard features include 20-inch alloy wheels for the GTS (with 21 and 19-inch options), while the S gets 19-inch hoops.
Depending on specification, the Quattroporte’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.
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