2014 Maserati Quattroporte S | road test

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2014 Maserati Quattroporte S
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Review Summary:

The sixth generation Quattroporte look distinctly Maserati, sounds like one but comes with noticeable undertones from the Chrysler parts bin. The car is not hand built anymore, yet pegged at least US$22,500 above its German rival triad - the S Class, 7 Series and Audi A8. Given that the car is larger than before and comes with a twin turbo engine, is the higher price tag for 2014 S justified?

Pros

Engine performance and sound of exhaust notes, once the turbo kicks in at 2500 rpm
More leg space for rear passengers than the previous car

Cons

Infotainment system looks, feels and functions just as it does in any Chrysler car
For a flagship sedan, the interior feel falls short of expectations
Absence of steering mounted pedal shifters

Maserati, the Italian manufacturer that earned a reputation for manufacturing some gorgeous and absolutely brilliant vehicles for nearly 100 years recently introduced the 2014 Quattroporte S and we had a go at testing it. Being Maserati’s flagship sedan, a lot is expected from the Quattroporte as it continually faces stiff competition from its significantly cheaper German rivals.

2014 Maserati Quattroporte S exterior collage

With a large Trident logo on the C – Pillar, distinctive side vents and an instantly recognisable grille, the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte S definitely tries hard to stand out from its competitors. However, since the Italian car maker played it safe with the styling, the 2014 Quattroporte looks rather understated and lacks the flamboyance you tend to associate with the brand.

Upon first glance, the interior is of top notch quality. With an Alcantara headliner, Poltrona Frau leather seats and wood running along the doors, dashboard and centre console, you start thinking Maserati really know how to build a premium luxury sedan. But it isn’t long before you’ll realise you were wrong. The wood is actually just plastic designed to look like wood and the dashboard comprises of a significant amount of hard plastic; not a pleasant discovery in any manufacturer’s flagship range.

2014 Maserati Quattroporte interior collage

With the sixth generation Quattroporte based on the Chrysler 300 platform, the influence of the American manufacturer is evident on the interior as well. The entire infotainment system along with the vehicle information display positioned in the middle of the instrument cluster had been pulled right off any Dodge, Jeep or Chrysler vehicle. However, it isn’t all bad since the system did provide extremely simple Bluetooth connectivity and music streaming.

Longer that the previous Quattroporte translates into a definite advantage for passengers riding in the back of the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte S, ample amounts of leg and head room came as standard. Adding to its practicality aspect, the Quattroporte’s boot was capable of swallowing up 530 litres of cargo, which is 30 litres more than one of its main rivals, the BMW 7-Series.

Having more features than the competition is always an advantage, however you begin to question that when manufacturers such as Maserati install an incompetent voice recognition system and seat heaters as optional equipment in a region that faces high temperatures for the better half of a year! We reckon focusing on equipment such as a panoramic sunroof is probably a good place to start.

2014 Maserati QPS Road Test pics - 08

With barely 2,500 km on our test car, it was quite fresh, but that wasn’t going to stop us from pushing it hard and feasting our ears on a range of raunchy exhaust notes. Equipped with a 3.0 litre twin turbo V6 engine producing 403 horsepower and 550 Nm of torque, our test car was capable of achieving a 0 – 100 km/h time of just 4.9 seconds. To match the go, the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte S was equipped with an absolutely brilliant Brembo braking system that was able to confidently bring the 1.9 tonne beauty to a halt almost instantaneously.

Mated to an 8 speed ZF automatic transmission, our test car also provided us the opportunity to swap into manual mode and take complete control over the up-shifts through the gear lever. In spite of packing in a decent transmission, the lack of paddle shifters in a premium sports sedan came as a surprise to us.

Along the centre console laid an interesting set of buttons. Tap the Sport button and the Quattroporte transforms into what an Italian man would become after a few fermented beverages; loud and obnoxious. Click the suspension button and the Quattroporte beefs its game up allowing the driver to stick the car into corners with lower amounts of body roll. Fitted with a servo-assisted hydraulic steering box, the Quattroporte reduces the artificial steering feeling found on most modern cars.

2014 Maserati QPS Road Test pics - 02

Though the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte S provided an exhilarating drive on the whole, certain aspects could definitely have been improved. For instance, with the turbo’s kicking in only at 2,500 RPM, there is a significant turbo lag that could have possibly been avoided with the introduction of staged turbo’s. Additionally, for cruising along the highways an adaptive cruise control system would be a great feature to have on the car.

When stacked against its German rivals, the Quattroporte is AED 85,000 more than the Audi A8 and BMW 730 Li. Granted; it’s got a twin turbo under the hood and an exhaust sound unlike any other, which is why we may just be willing to splurge the extra amount. But then, the new Quattroporte is no more in the exclusive domain of hand built cars, so will we? With plans to churn out 50,000 cars by 2015 from its Turin plant, can the car still be considered as Ferrari’s sedan version – I doubt.

3 Responses to 2014 Maserati Quattroporte S | road test

  1. luke Reply

    November 26, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Paid article!

    • Pankaj Dev Reply

      November 26, 2013 at 4:55 am

      Are you kidding me? What makes you say that? I know some other websites in this part of the world believe in earning their living by writing paid stories. Never has been the case with us and never will be.

  2. humza Reply

    November 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    y did Maserati involve Chrysler……..the reputation goes down

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