Long before cars such as the Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide, there was the Maserati Quattroporte. The model was created in 1963, marking the sportscar maker’s foray into the world of four-door saloons (Quattroporte means “four doors” in Italian).
Like the two other sportscar brands which have followed suit, Maserati’s aim is to carve itself a slice of the luxury limousine pie – a pie which has Mercedes S-class and BMW 7-series written all over it.
The latest sixth-generation Quattroporte has been given a mid-life revamp. In the GranLusso trim tested here, the car certainly exudes a charm that goes beyond the exotic appeal of its name.
Engine: 2,979cc 24-valve twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic with paddle shift
Power: 350bhp at 5,500rpm
Torque: 500Nm at 1,750-4,500rpm
0-100kmh: 5.5 seconds
Top speed: 270kmh
To start with, its sheer road presence. As big as a long-wheelbase S-class, but lower slung, it is a difficult car to miss. It is also arguably more beautiful than the popular Panamera and roomier than the Rapide.
Its spaciousness is attributable to its extraordinary width and wheelbase (both exceeding the long- wheelbase S-class’). There is also more space in the boot than anyone who is not an Amazon Prime courier will need.
In terms of interior finery, the Quattroporte pips its rivals on all counts. The texture of its leather upholstery, the blend of polished metallic surfaces and wood veneer and even the feel of its roof lining surpass expectations.