Words: Calvin Chan
Published: June 15, 2016
When the sixth-generation Quattroporte was launched back in 2013, it had a hard time winning the hearts of customers looking for a modern sports sedan. While the powertrain was magnificent and the exhaust note was authentically Italian, the Chrysler-sourced infotainment system marred it from perfect scores, as did the absence of safety systems like adaptive cruise control.
For 2017 however, the Italian automaker’s flagship sedan has finally been brought up to 21st century standards, putting itself in a more advantageous position to tackle its main rivals: the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Audi A8. The Quattroporte has been given a subtle exterior nip and tuck this year offering better aerodynamics, while the interior has been spruced up with a revised infotainment unit and much needed safety equipment.
The Quattroporte is still instantly recognizable by its deep shark nose and triple side air vents, however new front and rear bumpers and a more angular grill bring the epidermis more in line with the new Levante’s design language. The grill also features electrically adjustable Air Shutters that can help cool the engine and cuts drag by as much as 10% when factoring in the new bumpers and underbody as well.
The cabin remains flush with Italian charm and simplicity. Leather adorns every surface, while nifty touches like the rifle-trigger paddle shifters and blue-faced analog clock imbue the interior with a sense of occasion. The main change for 2017 has been to the center stack, which is now dominated by a large high-resolution 8.4-inch touchscreen with a revised infotainment system (still sourced from Chrysler), but is now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, Maserati has finally come to terms with the efficiency of a rotary knob for controlling multimedia, and have included one below the gear shifter.
The good news continues. As an optional package, the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems offers drivers with Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop&Go, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning with Advanced Brake Assist, and Automated Emergency Braking. A surround view camera is also available as a separate option. With a wheelbase longer than a BMW 750Li, Quattroporte drivers can now drive with a peace of mind and a guardian angel watching over their shoulders in the parking garage.
While engine options in Canada will likely remain the same – 3.0L twin-turbo V6 and a 3.8L twin-turbo V8 – the Quattroporte now comes with two distinct new trims. Optional on the S Q4 model and standard on the GTS model, customers can now spec their Quattroporte with GranLusso and GranSport trims.
Each trim caters towards a different audience – think of GranLusso as a luxury package, and GranSport as a sport package. GranLusso blings out the exterior with chrome, a unique front lower fascia design, body coloured rear spoiler, black brake calipers and 20-inch Mercurio rims. Hop inside and what used to be part of the Ermenegildo Zegna Package in 2016 is now included here: hand woven silk inserts make its way onto the seats, door panels, headliner, and sun visors. Furthermore, open-pore Radica wood keeps the dashboard, door inserts, and center stack incredibly classy.
GranSport on the other hand brings out the sportier nature of the Quattroporte, unleashing a more aggressive front profile with restyled air intakes, piano black spoiler, and carbon fibre bits here and there. 21-inch Titano wheels hug each corner, flanked by red brake calipers and just so you can spot the extra difference, the front Trident badge, side Saetta badge, and wheel centers are all accented in a brilliant shade of blue. Inside, the seats have been redesigned to hug the occupants tighter, and the new sport steering wheel can be accented in either carbon fibre or full leather.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but the 2017 Maserati Quattroporte has already started being shipped off factory floors this month.
The new Quattroporte: restyling and range strategy for a new product experience
After three and a half years of unprecedented success in the international markets, the Quattroporte has undergone a substantial restyling that accentuates its elegance without altering its signature Maserati personality.
The restyled Quattroporte, representing the quintessence of Italian sport saloons, will be available from June 2016 and is destined to continue a success story that started in 2013. Since its initial launch, the iconic Maserati flagship model has been delivered to over 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 front grille is more pointed and imposing, and it introduces new vertical chrome elements that contrast with the deepness of the shark nose effect. Other distinguishing details of the new Quattroporte are the matte black side skirts and the exterior mirrors, which have been slightly restyled to incorporate new technical elements.
An electrically adjustable Air Shutter has been fitted in the front grille between the air vents and the engine’s radiator. The Air Shutter provides optimal control of the engine’s fluid temperature and, together with the optimization of the new front and rear bumpers, air conveyor and flat bottom, improves the aerodynamic drag of the car by 10%.
The improvements to the interior were introduced to enhance the purity of the model by underlining only the functional parts. This takes place through the clean integration of the new interface elements with the infotainment area and tunnel console.
Specifically, the redesigned central dashboard now accommodates a capacitive high resolution 8.4” screen with multi touch function.
This area is now characterized by a continuous technical element that integrates the screen, new climate control and new drawer in a single seamless design, emphasizing the pure volume composition typical of the Quattroporte.
The central, lower console has also been redesigned and now features a rotary knob for volume and function control, a new lid and phone storage compartment. The stylistic approach to these functional elements permits a minimalist design approach for the centre of the dashboard.
The new infotainment system is compatible with both the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring functions.
A new package of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems is available as an option in the new 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.
GranLusso and GranSport, two distinct new worlds.
Since its beginnings Maserati has represented the perfect blend of luxury and sportiness thanks to its race-bred engineering.
With the restyling of the flagship Quattroporte, Maserati launches a new range strategy to offer its highly demanding clientele the additional choice of two unique trim options that emphasize the two key pillars of the brand’s DNA: GranLusso and GranSport.
The two highly distinctive trims are available as an upgrade for all Quattroporte V6 powertrain versions (Quattroporte Diesel, Quattroporte, Quattroporte S, Quattroporte S Q4). Both trims will be priced at the same level across the range.
The top of the range version, the Quattroporte GTS, which features the twin-turbo V8, will be available exclusively with either the GranLusso or GranSport trims as part of the standard equipment.
Each trim level was conceived to meet the needs of customers that seek a distinctive and unique product in the executive saloon segment.
GranLusso and GranSport are immediately recognisable thanks to their distinct exterior design and unique interiors.
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 soul of 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 underscores the sporty character of the Quattroporte while enhancing the aggressive appearance of the car. Thanks to new exterior design cues and interior content that reflect the legendary 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 inspired 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 gearbox 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 530 hp 3.8 litre Ferrari-produced V8 Twin-Turbo with rear wheel drive, 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 410 hp 3.0 litre Ferrari-produced V6 Twin-Turbo, with rear wheel drive (Quattroporte S) or with Q4, the intelligent all-wheel-drive system available for the Quattroporte S Q4. At the top of the class for both versions are the 550 Nm of torque and the 286 km/h top speed, with the S Q4 variant accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and the rear-wheel drive Quattroporte S version in 5.1 seconds.
Based on the same V6 architecture, the Quattroporte is also available in specific markets with 350 hp, 20 hp more than in the previous version, capable of delivering a powerful drive with a torque of 500 Nm, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and a faster top speed of 270 km/h.
The range is completed by the Quattroporte Diesel; equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 Turbo, it delivers 600 Nm of torque with 275 hp, retaining a top speed of 252 km/h and a quick 0-100 km/h figure of just 6.4 seconds.
All versions of the Quattroporte are fitted with state-of-the-art ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and electronically-controlled Skyhook shock absorbers; with an ideal 50:50 weight distribution and an extensive use of aluminium in the chassis, body and suspension, performance and comfort are again unparalleled.
The New Quattroporte. By Maserati.