2009 Maserati Quattroporte | new car review

Posted on Jul 28, 2009 by

The Quattroporte is Maserati’s answer to the big luxury cruisers from the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the highly competitive large luxury sedan market segment.

And what an answer it is, with nothing really that the German brands have come up with that can rival it for all-out beauty and class – the Germans may be able to engineer to the very finest detail, but they can never match the passion of the Italians; especially this Italian.

This is a full-size, ultra-spacious car, but thanks to some very clever design lines, the Quattroporte hides that size very well and still manages to retain some strong hints of poise and lightweight agility; a difficult feet to achieve and Maserati leads the way here.

You can see the family similarities between the Granturismo and the Quattroporte, with the ‘stretch’ and the extra two doors sneaking into the body of the Quattroporte without anyone ever really noticing. All the curves, swoops and flowing lines are there within this luxury sedan shape, and even for a design that has been with us since 2005, there is still no hint of the Quattroporte aging in any significant way, such was the classic and classy style that went into every flowing inch of the original design.

2009 Maserati QuattroporteThe inner space is arguably the most important aspect of any top-end luxury car, and as with the very best of the best from within this glamorous segment, the Maserati will not disappoint with its unadulterated opulence. Leather so soft it almost feels as if it could melt to your touch, and metallic and wooden surfaces so deeply polished and perfectly appointed they could only have come from the fingers of some of the world’s best automotive interior specialists – and these are the people that design and build every bespoke Maserati interior to the highest of standards.



Again, like the Granturismo, the engine and mechanicals are supplied by the other Italian thoroughbred car-making stable, over at Ferrari, so you are absolutely guaranteed amongst the most visceral of sounds, feelings and drives from the big Maser.

2009 Maserati QuattroporteAt ‘just’ 4.2-litres, the Ferrari designed and built V8 petrol engine does not appear that big, and by American standards, the capacity is verging on the small. But remember, this is an Italian V8 engine that has been tuned, squeezed and tweaked to the point where just those 4.2-litres can produce a truly intoxicating ride, all to what is arguably the most seductive soundtrack of any engine from any manufacturer.

Three versions are available – the standard Quattroporte, the more luxurious S and the 470bhp Sport GTS, with uprated suspension.

2009 Maserati Quattroporte



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Price Range (AED) 537,000–620,000


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