2010 Maserati Quattroporte | new car review

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 by








Who said that big executive cars had to be dull German three-box sedans with not even the faintest whiff of character about them?

Well whoever it was, they seem to have forgotten to tell . The Quattroporte – literally Italian for ‘four doors’ – is one of the most outlandish luxury barges you could ever hope to experience.

Two engines are offered – a rather potent 395bhp, 4.2-litre V8 with an exhaust note to die for, or an even more potent 424bhp, 4.7-litre V8 with an exhaust note that’s statistically proven to attract women (maybe).

Take one of these cars into a large underground carpark and you’ll never want to leave. The Quattroporte is quite unlike other luxury four-door sedans.

For a start, it’s distinctly lacking in the all-singing and dancing features so loved by BMW, Mercedes and Audi, which take pride of place in their flagships models. In the Maserati you get a pretty crummy sat-nav system, and okayish CD player and not a lot else. But although geeks might be disappointed, proper petrolheads will enjoy the simplicity of the Quattroporte’s cabin. The leather is soft and luxurious and the cabin deep enough to lose small children in and the boot big enough for the day-to-day junk that needs to be carried around.

There’s plenty of room for you to stretch out and relax on the back seat, but Maseratis have always been about the driving and the QP is no exception. We’d definitely recommend taking charge of the wheel and letting the kids enjoy a white knuckle thrill ride on the way to school every day – if only we’d had dads this cool when we were young.

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