A Look At The 2015 Maserati Quattroporte
2015 Maserati Quattroporte
Meaning “Four Door” in Italian, the Maserati Quattroporte translation leaves little to the imagination. But to hear it pronounced in its original language and to watch it pull up in front of you is to believe the Gods just sent for your request and summon you in this vehicle.
Truly, the Maserati is an exceptional beast and the Quattroporte, with its four doors, is nothing short of classic European luxury. Maserati dealers around the country are loving this in the showroom.
Purists Look to the Future
If you’re drawn to the purity that is classic Maserati, you will appreciate the Quattroporte most, as it is unmistakenly Maserati. The classic oval grille, imposed by the sloping bonnet, a feature inspired by Gran Turismo help mark the Quattroporte as a true classic.
Paying homage to the iconic model, A6 GCS Berlinetta, the all black vertical convex bars in the center oval contrast with the grille’s sleek chrome border and striking trident in the center, proving that the purity of times past make the future look just as good.
The 2015 Quattroporte offers a pair of engines, both which are fitted to twin turbochargers.
The base engine, which comes standard on the S Q4, is a 3.0L V6 which alone isn’t too spectacular, but with help from its turbos generates 410 horsepower and launches the S Q4 to 60 mph in roughly five seconds. This V6 offers a top speed of 177 mph.
Like Pavarotti on Puccini, the GTS offers a performance that is not to be missed.
The twin-turbocharged 3.8L V8 makes 523 horsepower feel like an aria pulsing through the halls of Teatro la Scala while the 524 lb/ft of torque power to a peaking crescendo on rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic.
This powertrain motivates the 4653 pounds to 60 mph in a remarkable 4.2 seconds and navigates through a quarter mile in 12.7 seconds at an 112 mph. The Quattroporte reaches a drag-limited top speed of 191 mph.
While a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard on both models, an optional V8 featuring rear-wheel drive is available on GTS while the S has Maserati’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system.
As a rear-biased system, it sends 100 percent of torque to the rear axle under normal conditions but then sends up to 50 percent to the front wheels when it detects slip. It adds a bit more weight while making the car more manageable in anything outside of ideal, dry-road conditions.
Picking up on driver’s styles and queues, the auto-adaptive software delivers light and precise gear shifts and accordingly tweaks to the type of shift necessary.
With five modes to choose from, they can be selected by pushing the tunnel-mounted buttons:
- Auto Normal
- Auto Sport
- Manual Normal
- Manual Sport
- The all-new I.C.E.
As fuel economy goes, the all-wheel-drive S Q4 with its twin-turbochargers garner the best gas efficiency out of the three engines. Earning an EPA rating of 15 city mpg and 24 highway mpg with combined total of 18 mpg.
Only slightly lesser is the 3.8L V8 in the GTS which gets 13 city mpg and 22 highway mpg making a combined total of 16 mpg.
While this isn’t the most efficient rating, even for a large powerful luxury sedan, it is acceptable for no other reason than this: one does not purchase a Maserati when fuel economy or pinching pennies is of concern.
Maserati’s are purchased because they are beautifully constructed and masterfully engineered pieces of Italian luxury machinery.
Traditional and Newly Classic
In an attempt to mix a little bit of the old with the new, the car’s exterior looks are Maserati’s new take on its traditional styling.
Take, for instance, the triangular C-pillar that sports the oval Saetta logo or the refined 19” Tritone rims that are fitted as standard on the Quattroporte S. While the spokes on these special rims resemble those on the Maserati trident, they also portray strength sophistication of its legacy.
Cocooned In Luxury
Draped in luxury and surrounded by extravagance permitting you to feel exactly as one should when occupying the seats of an Italian masterpiece, the Quattroporte S provides the proper setting for an optimum driving experience.
Renewing a sense of space and lightness are the three levels of dashboard that is dominated by a broad center section where the large Maserati Touch Control touch screen that manages the car’s variety of entertainment and information systems
Three rear seats provide plenty of space for adult passengers to travel in comfort. Even more pleasant on board experiences made possible by available USB connections and stable cupholders that are featured on a pull-down armrest.
Premium luxury for passengers never to be compromised, ventilated and heated individual rear seats that can be electronically adjustable and share center console packed with above-mentioned features are also available.
Using precious wood to enhance the interior of a vehicle is another reason the Quattroporte stands apart from the rest. Providing the ability to mold to the specific driver’s tastes are the options provided for the interior.
Should the buyer want something other than a briarwood finish, three precious woods are made available to choose for interior finishes, Erable, Tanganika or Ebony.
Offered on the dashboard, central tunnel, door inserts and steering wheel, any one of these precious woods provides an organic sanctuary of refined elegance. The steering wheel can also be crowned in carbon fiber or a choice of five leathers.
Because there’s a sports fan somewhere in all of us, the 2015 Maserati Quattroporte can be custom tweaked to enhance sportier drive.
Fitting 20” seven-spoke Mercurio design rims or the two-tone Crono rims offer a sophisticated 20” alternative.
Offering yet another option for those desiring an exclusive and refined sported look, Maserati created the lightweight 21” Titano wheel rims whose slimline spokes peak through to the brake calipers.
Providing muscle to the back end are the twin steel oval tailpipes. While the metallic shape of their opening juxtaposed the rectangular look of the LED light clusters, they add to the vehicle’s overall sporty prowess.