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2018 Maserati Quattroporte

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/5/2017 Motor Trend Staff

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You'll Like

  • Punchy engine choices
  • Surprisingly agile for a large sedan


You Won't Like

  • Interior has a lot of FCA parts bin pieces
  • Not very efficient

New for 2018

The 2018 Maserati Quattroporte gets a more powerful twin-turbo V-6 engine, an updated electric power steering system, and additional active safety features. Adaptive LED headlights are now available on the 2018 Quattroporte.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

The 2018 Maserati Quattroporte is a full-size luxury sedan slotting above the midsize Ghibli. It comes standard in rear- or all-wheel drive configurations; however, the latter is only available on the S grade.

Quattroporte GranLusso: The more luxury-oriented variant of the Quattroporte features unique interior trims such as wood inlays, unique alloy wheel designs, and wood-trimmed steering wheel. In addition to leather upholstery, the GranLusso is offered with silk upholstery by luxury clothing maker Ermenegildo Zegna that come with personalized labels stitched into the sun visors.

Quattroporte GranSport: Geared more towards a sportier look, the Quattroporte GranSport features front sport seats, a sport steering wheel, paddle shifters, and an optional Interior Carbon package that adds carbon fiber paddle shifters and door guards.

Notable standard features include 19-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, Maserati's new infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, a rearview camera, and 12-way power adjustable front seats. Options include a Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system, LED headlights, leather with silk inserts by Zegna, the Skyhook suspension system, and a surround view camera system.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 Maserati Quattroporte comes standard with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 rated at 424 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque on the S and S Q4 models. A 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 with 523 hp and 524 lb-ft is only available on the range-topping Quattroporte GTS. Both engines come paired exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel economy ratings are 16/23 mpg city/highway for the Quattroporte S and S Q4, and 15/22 mpg for the Quattroporte GTS.

Safety

The NHTSA and IIHS haven't crash tested the 2018 Maserati Quattroporte. Active safety features are available as part of an optional package and include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, and highway assist.

Utility

Trunk space is generous at 18 cubic feet that can be expanded via the standard split-folding rear seats.

What We Think

In a2014 First Drive, we said that the V-6-powered Quattroporte offers plenty of power thanks to its prodigious low-end torque. The cabin is well-insulated and stays quiet with minimal wind and road noise. One of the biggest highlights is the Quattroporte's awesome engine note, which gives it plenty of character but can get tiring after a while if you're accustomed to the quieter experience provided by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Also, interior quality could be better, as some trim pieces and buttons are too appear to be taken directly from the Fiat Chrysler Group parts bin.

The more powerful Quattroporte GTS has a more linear power delivery with very little turbo lag, as we observed in a2014 First Drive. For its size, the Quattroporte handles well thanks to its excellent chassis and steering system. The eight-speed automatic shifts quickly and has a full manual mode that gives you full control of shifting duties.

Cool Fact

The 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 in the Quattroporte was designed with input from Ferrari.

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