2008 Maserati Quattroporte | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

Italian
for four door, the Quattroporte is no ordinary car, given that unique
interpretation meaning luxury travel for the well heeled and
extremely rich who can afford to buy into the brand. The Quattroporte
nameplate came back into existence in 2004 for only the fifth time in
its history with this model drawing inspiration from the very first
luxury, high performance four-door model shown by Maserati way back
in 1963.

Under
the Pininfarina-designed skin lies the 4.2-litre V8 suitably tweaked
to produce 400bhp and 460Nm of torque. Mounted far enough back in the
engine bay for an equitable 47/53 per cent front/rear weight
distribution, it’s mated to a six-speed sequential manual gearbox
that has an automatic mode. For those who want to drive sportily,
there is a manual selection and the changes can be done via the
steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts. Recently, Maserati added a new
hydraulic ZF six-speed automatic transmission and the car is called
‘Quattroporte Automatica’. The introduction of the tried and
tested ZF transmission was mainly due to the customer demand for a
better gearbox than the DuoSelect.

Pininfarina’s
styling cues clearly impose themselves, giving the Quattroporte a
regal stance on the road. The long bonnet with its stretched oval
grille and that very distinctive C-pillar that runs down to the tail,
all give this car a character that is so very Italian and distinct.
Classy headlights flank the grille like sentinel guards and are
pushed right to the front of the car.

The
Quattroporte is Maserati’s riposte to the likes of Mercedes-Benz,
BMW, Audi and Lexus and is like a cocoon on wheels featuring the
usual blend of soft succulent leather and rich wood inside.
Accommodation for passengers is exquisite, with luxury trimmings
abounding. The cabin is warm and bright, its clear-cut forms
beautifully crafted out of luxury woods and leathers.

 

 

Handling
is easy and sure-footed. The Maserati owes its compelling composure
and corner-greedy handling to its layout more than anything else,
because the tail-heavy balance frees up the steering while providing
extra drive-wheel traction. Assisted by prudently sized Pirelli P
Zero Rossos – 245/45ZR-18s in the front, 285/40ZR-18s in the back,
the Quattroporte handles like a super sports car. The power-assisted
rack-and-pinion steering arrangement has absolutely spot-on weight
and feel.

Technical Specifications
Engine4.2-litre V8
Power400 bhp
Torque460 Nm
TransmissionManual/Automatic


Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 537000 – upto 620000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at
the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check
with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

 

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