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The updated Quattroporte has arrived in New Zealand, with subtle enhancements for the 2018 model year.
First off, the twin-turbo, Ferrari-built 3.0-litre V6 has received a power and torque bump, to 321kW and 580Nm respectively for the higher-spec S version. This allows the car to hit 100km/h from standstill in a quoted five seconds flat, and on to a top speed of 288km/h. The base Quattroporte retains the 257kW engine. For the power-hungry out there, the GTS variant features a 3.8-litre V8 with 390kW, but expect to pay a pretty premium for it. More on that in a bit.
Externally the Quattroporte is largely unchanged, save for new adaptive LED headlights. The GranSport version gets a gloss black grille as standard to differentiate it from the rest of the family. Soft close doors are now standard. Electric power steering replaces the old hydraulic system, and paves the way for active functions of the Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) though Maserati assures us that its car will retain the handling characteristics the brand is known for.
Additional ADAS features include Highway Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist, as well as Traffic Sign Recognition. This allows Maserati to offer Level 2 driving automation technology, in line with the top competitors in the high-end segment. A Surround View Camera complements the reversing camera which has dynamic guidance lines on the screen.
Integrated Vehicle Control is also new. IVC, essentially an evolution of the ESP, works to prevent rather than react to a loss of car control. Maserati says the system intervenes more smoothly and with less noise than a traditional ESP to ensure better balance and traction at the limits of the car’s dynamics.
Two trim levels are available with each tier of Quattroporte: GranLusso and GranSport. The GranLusso trim is said to ‘reinterpret the concept of luxury’ by enhancing the exterior finish and improving in-cabin comfort for both driver and passengers, while the GranSport trim underscores the sporty character of the Quattroporte while enhancing the aggressive appearance of the car.