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Driven in SA: Maserati Quattroporte

21 2014 at 07:28am

Maserati is the flamboyant … of the luxury-car wearing running shoes its tuxedo.

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— Maserati puts a spin on the large luxury car with its Quattroporte, the sixth of which recently went on in South Africa.

Pitched executives such ss the Audi A8, S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Porsche the big four-door sedan presents luxury with a dash of machismo.

The Quattroporte — means “four doors” if Italian’s a bit rusty — introduces two new turbocharged petrol to the Maserati/Ferrari family. It’s for a company that has long the turbo trend in favour of vocally charismatic normally-aspirated


Powering the S model (R1 977 000) is a three-litre V6 packing outputs of 305kW and while the flagship Quattroporte GTS (R2 244 gets a 3.8-litre V8 with and 710Nm — the same that powers the new Ferrari There’s also a three-litre with outputs of 202kW and carrying a pricetag of R1 593 000.

I they’d be fast, and they but I was very keen to hear these new engines sounded when I took the two petrol for a test drive last Turbocharging is notorious for muting sound, and for brands that charisma on a pedestal, as Maserati a hearty holler is an important of the marque’s appeal.

Mega Maserati offers legroom for executives on the go, who perch in leather seats in a cabin of and wood-bedecked opulence.

At the same the Quattroporte is a large luxury not a boy-racer sportscar, so the holler be too hairy-chested. A fine balance is for and I think Maserati got it spot-on the sound of the V6 Quattroporte, less so the V8 version.

It was the V6 that stirred my more with its more sound. It was silky smoothness by a hoarse baritone, and punctuated by a “burp” between gearshifts.

In the V8 version was all S-Class style as if the engine was running on Amarula instead of petrol. It was out of synch the very brandy-and-coke acceleration, Maserati’s spec sheet as 0-100km/h in just 4.7 seconds.

We aren’t able to independently these figures — and Maserati controversially don’t journalists to do this — but it like a sub-five-second time by the rate the speedo needle northwards.


the pedal to the floor brings on a explosion of violence wrapped in as you’re pressed into leather seat in velvety Thanks to double-laminated acoustic this muted mania as the car sweeps towards its 307km/h top although upsetting the silent was a touch of wind noise the driver’s window.

The better-sounding V6 version is no slouch and has a claimed 5.1 second sprint to 100 and top speed.

Apart from the the two cars are mechanically identical, and get power to the rear wheels via ultra slick eight-speed transmission.

The Quattroporte’s a big car but with the of aluminium in its construction its weight has kept below two tons in V8 form and 1860kg for the V6). with a 50:50 weight and race-bred double-wishbone front with a multi-link rear, the big hides its mass pretty and doesn’t feel clumsy or

Helping the big car through fast is a limited-slip differential, and a Skyhook damping system that can be to hard or soft. A Sport quickens gearshift responses and the exhaust valves for a raunchier while the hydraulic steering’s and light for such a large


The mega offers vast legroom for on the go, who perch in plush leather in a cabin of leather- and wood-bedecked

The Italian limo is highly-specced going overboard like the who are in a flat-out gadget war. So you find things like vision or a head-up display or a car essentially drives itself.

But you find life-easing luxuries as electrically height- and reach-adjustable electrically-adjustable and heated front active cruise control, six a rear view camera, sound system, and a touchscreen interface with navigation.

It’s all wrapped by a distinctively body with more flair than the usual image of this segment. The Quattroporte is the flamboyant … of the league, wearing running with its tuxedo.


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