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Quattroporte is even better looking, safer and quicker!
With design refinements that now link the model more closely with the soon to be introduced Levante SUV, Maserati's sedan has been revamped with new GranLusso and GranSport trims, writes DAVE MOORE.
Maserati's gorgeous Quattroporte - responsible for the trident brand's burgeoning success on the world markets over the past three years - has been neatly restyled to enhance its already elegant exterior with some cues taken from the Levante, without altering its signature Maserati personality.
The Quattroporte, which represents the quintessence of Italian sport saloons, will be available here later in 2016 and is designed to continue the sedan's stunning success story that started in 2013. Since its launch, the flagship car has been delivered to more than 24,000 customers in 72 countries.
The exterior of the restyled Quattroporte is recognisable with a new bumper design with matte black profile at the front and the matte black extractor at the rear. The grille is more pointed and imposing, introducing new vertical chrome elements that contrast with the deepness of the shark nose effect. Other distinguishing details of the new Quattroporte are matte black side skirts and mirrors, which have been slightly reshaped to incorporate new technical elements.
An electrically adjustable Air Shutter has been fitted in the grille between the air vents and the engine’s radiator which provides control of the engine’s fluid temperatures and, together with the slicker new front and rear bumpers, air conveyor and flat underside improves the aerodynamic drag by 10 per cent.
Improvements to the interior underlie only the functional parts, through the clean integration of new interface elements with the infotainment area and centre console.
The dashboard now accommodates a capacitive high resolution 8.4” screen with multi touch function with this area now characterised by the integration of the screen, new climate controls and a new drawer in a single seamless design.
The lower centre console has also been redesigned and features a rotary control for volume and function control, as well as a new lid and phone storage compartment.
The new infotainment system is compatible with both the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring functions.
A new package of driver assistance systems is available as an option for the Quattroporte. It includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop&Go, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning with Advanced Brake Assist and Automated Emergency Braking. An additional new Surround View Camera is available as an option in combination with the Driver Assistance package.
All Quattroporte cars are now equipped with an Air Quality Sensor, a feature that substantially improves comfort levels for the occupants on-board. This system combines an intelligent sensor and a signal analysis system that calculates the external pollution levels and prevents polluted air and toxic gases from entering the cabin.
With the restyling of the flagship Quattroporte, Maserati launches a new range strategy to offer its highly discerning clientele the additional choice of two trim options that emphasise the two key pillars of the brand’s DNA: GranLusso and GranSport.
The GranLusso trim reinterprets the concept of luxury in a race-bred engineered luxury saloon by enhancing the exterior finish and improving in-cabin comfort for driver and passengers.
It offers a higher level of luxury using exclusive materials and special features in the finest tradition of Italian craftsmanship.
GranLusso is distinctive for a new front lower fascia design with an elegant floating bridge element and a delicate spoiler, detailed by the chrome bumper finish and the body colour bumper profiles. The profile incorporates side skirts, while on the rear the look is even cleaner, characterized by a sculptured retroreflector and a body coloured spoiler; the exterior look is completed by 20” Mercurio rims and black painted brake calipers.
In the cabin the GranLusso is epitomised by the Ermenegildo Zegna Edition interior that features a patented silk fabric, unique in the industry, on the seats, doors, headliner and sun visors; the seat tailoring details and the label behind the sun visors make this version unique and exclusive.
The cabin ambience is further refined thanks to the exclusive open pore Radica wood on the dashboard and the leather steering wheel with wooden inserts. The trim integrates comfort-oriented equipment like the power foot pedals, the electric rear sunblind, the four-zone air conditioning, the heated rear seat and the extended keyless entry.
The GranSport trim reflects the sporty character of the Quattroporte while enhancing the aggressive appearance of the car with new exterior design cues and interior content that reflect racing heritage of the Maserati brand.
On the front of the Quattroporte GranSport, the dedicated restyling for the centre and side air intakes improves the cooling function while showcasing an aggressive front area. The lower fascia is linked to the grille with aerodynamic splits. The back is characterized by an evident composition between a centre fuselage and two side pockets that focus the attention on the exhausts. An aggressive black piano spoiler completes the rear view.
The Quattroporte GranSport is fitted with 21” Titano rims and features a glossy black finish on the bumpers, red brake calipers and blue inserts in the front Trident and side Saetta badge as well as blue Tridents on the wheel centres. As an option, the front grille of the GranSport can be ordered in a glossy black finish.
The interior of the Quattroporte GranSport includes redesigned front and rear seats, with their sculptured profiles, to improve sporty driving performances while a new sport steering wheel, in carbon fibre or full leather, creates a strong identity.
Thanks to the high gloss Piano Black wood trim on the dashboard, the brand new sport seats, the sport steering wheel fitted with aluminium gearshift paddles and the stainless steel sport pedals, the interior of the Quattroporte GranSport guarantees a truly sporty experience.
A further opportunity for customization is available in the form of the optional Exterior Carbon Pack for the GranSport trim, to further enhance the sporty exterior. This pack features external mirrors, door handles and b-pillar cover plus the profile of the front bumper in carbon fibre.
Engine-wise, the Quattroporte remains faithful to its traditions with a very wide range of engines and transmissions starting with the Quattroporte GTS, powered by the immense 390kW 3.8 litre Ferrari-derived V8 Twin-Turbo, capable of a peak torque of 710 Nm and able to propel the car to 310 km/h, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 4.7 seconds.
The Quattroporte is also available with the 302kW 3.0 litre Ferrari-produced V6 Twin-Turbo, the Quattroporte S, with 550 Nm of torque and the 286 km/h top speed, accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds.
The range is completed by the Quattroporte Diesel equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 Turbo, it delivers 600 Nm of torque with 203kW, a top speed of 252 km/h and a 0-100 km/h figure of just 6.4 seconds.
All versions of the Quattroporte are fitted with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and electronically-controlled Skyhook shock absorbers; with 50:50 weight distribution and an extensive use of aluminium in the chassis, body and suspension.