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2015 Maserati Quattroporte

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/6/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Maserati Quattroporte gains body-colored bumpers and side skirts, grille frame in high gloss black, 20-inch wheels, red brake calipers, piano black trim, and extended premium leather with contrast stitching. GTS models gain analog and premium driver floor mats with the GTS logo and leather inserts. Three new exterior paint colors are available: Grigio, Grigio Maratea, and Bianco Alpi. 19- and 20-inch wheels with new designs have also been added and can be specified with all-season tires. New interior features include, red leather, black piano trim, and a steering wheel finished in Ebony wood or piano black . There are also new interior combinations that are available with beige seats and seatbelts and black carpets.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Maserati Quattroporte is a full-size luxury sedan available in rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations and slots above the Ghibli.

Overview

Two twin-turbocharged engines are available in the Maserati Quattroporte: a 3.0-liter V-6 with 404 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque in the S Q4 and a 3.8-liter V-8 rated at 523 hp and 524 lb-ft. Both engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy isn't impressive due to the car's size and weight at 15/24 mpg city/highway in the S Q4 and 13/22 mpg in the GTS.

Performance is a strong point despite the Quattroporte's large size with its powerful engines, giving it excellent straight-line acceleration. Regardless of the drivetrain chosen, the car offers great handling that belie its size with plenty of grip especially with the optional all-wheel-drive system and a sporty suspension setup.

The Quattroporte's interior is customizable, with plenty of unique combination to choose from including two-tone color schemes and real wood and carbon fiber accents. Fiat-Chrysler's UConnect infotainment system and a Bowers and Wilkins sound system are also available. The Maserati still uses plenty of high-quality materials throughout the cabin, but the car might not feel as exclusive as the last-generation model.

What We Think

Even though we noted in a 2014 First Drive review that the Quattroporte's interior feels and looks more "corporate," it remains a solid choice among large luxury cars. It offers powerful engines with little turbo lag and plenty of torque at any gear, making acceleration an "immediate, effortless surge." For a large car the Quattroporte handles well with "sensational handling;" however, when the car is in sport mode its ride becomes extremely firm. The optional all-wheel-drive system makes the car a strong performer on all weather conditions. In a 2014 Second Drive review, we said that the car remains "incredibly neutral and well-balanced, even in the snow" thanks to its 50-50 weight balance, and the front and limited slip differentials helping distribute the power as needed.

You'll Like

  • Great performance and handling
  • Stylish inside and out
  • Excellent all-wheel-drive system

You Won't Like

  • Interior doesn't feel as exclusive as last-gen model
  • Steering lacks some feedback
  • Ride is too firm in sport mode

Key Competitors

  • BMW 7 Series
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Audi A8
  • Jaguar XJ
  • Lexus LS

Rating

4 star

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