2009 Maserati Quattroporte

Base RWD 4-Dr Sedan V8

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Let's get the negatives out of the way first. The steering on the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S is slightly numb on center, the brakes have an eerie dead spot before they bite, the ride quality is brittle on broken pavement, and the shift paddles feel cheap. And to that, we have to say, "Who cares?" There are too many other things to love about the Quattroporte.
The Sport GT S - Maserati's most driver-focused Quattroporte yet - combines all of the best features that have trickled into the gorgeous Italian four-door since it launched more than five years ago. These items include dual-cast Brembo brakes (aluminum hubs, iron rotors), Bilstein dampers paired with stiffer springs, a brilliant ZF six-speed automatic transmission, and a Ferrari-built 4.7-liter V-8. The result is the most emotionally appealing luxury sedan on sale today.
If you have any doubts about that assertion, all you need to do is accelerate the V-8 past 7000 rpm while driving through a tunnel. With a simple push of the sport button on the dash, the dual-mode mufflers belt out a symphony of exotic, tantalizing music that reminds you why normally aspirated engines still offer tremendous appeal. Sure, this powertrain provides horrendous fuel economy - 11 mpg city and 18 mpg highway, according to the EPA - but the Quattroporte's exhaust note alone might make you forget about that.
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And it's not as if the Quattroporte's competition - cars such as the Audi S8 and the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG - are much, if any, friendlier at the pump. After all, these low-volume cars are all about performance and pedigree, not efficiency, and that's where the Maserati shines. The aforementioned German sedans are basically luxury cars with bigger engines, larger brakes, and stiffened suspensions. They go to battle with a big stick and a take-no-prisoners attitude. The Quattroporte is different. What it gives up in displacement and raw grunt, it easily makes up for in handling. The 433-hp V-8 is mounted behind the front axle, and 51 percent of the car's 4375-pound mass sits over the rear wheels. No other large luxury sedan can dance like the Quattroporte. Front-end grip is beyond reproach, and you can adjust the big, beautiful four-door's cornering line with the throttle, as in a Ferrari. In the Audi and the Mercedes, by comparison, you always feel as if a computer is helping you go fast, and you sometimes wonder what happened to the fun.
As for practical considerations, it's true that Maseratis have never been known for quality or resale value, although the company has made great strides recently in those regards. So we certainly can't fault anyone for choosing one of the German cars instead, but we also can't think of another large luxury sedan that rewards its driver as much as the Quattroporte does - or one that looks so good doing it.
The Specs:
On sale: Now
Price: $138,100
Engine: 4.7L V-8, 433 hp, 361 lb-ft
Drive: Rear-wheel
2009 Maserati Touring Bellagio Fastback Profile
What price exclusivity? Nearly six figures, based on RM Auctions' predictions for the upcoming sale of a custom Maserati. The 2009 Maserati Touring Bellagio Fastback was created by coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, and is based on a Maserati Quattroporte sedan.
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I have a long history with the Quattroporte. When I first drove the Quattroporte, during its introductory media event in Florence, Italy, in March 2004, I was amazed by the styling, the energetic V-8 engine borrowed from Ferrari, the oh-so-Italian interior, and the handling, which led me and others to call the Quattroporte "the four-door Ferrari." I was not so impressed by the paddle-shifted semi-automatic manual transmission, which was extremely jerky in urban driving, with unacceptably long, rough upshifts. It was clear then that Maserati knew that the transmission would be unacceptable for many American buyers, as the QP's engineering team was interrogating the U.S. press corps for its reactions to the gearbox. The DuoSelect was great when you were driving the car at its limits on hilly Tuscan roads, I told them, but it wasn't going to fly with the country club set who would buy the car in America.
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Settling into the driver's seat, I appreciated the cavity in the driver's door that held my cell phone and a couple other small items. The two cup holders in the center console accommodated our insulated mugs fine, but the lid for the console storage compartment was very difficult to open, and I kept wondering if I was breaking it when I pried it open. We discovered an iPod connector in the glove compartment that linked easily to the superb stereo.
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After Mr. DeMatio had his fill of back roads, he met me at the airport - where I was arriving and he was departing - so that I could drive the Maserati back to its dealer in Troy, Mich.
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As I approached the Quattroporte on the second floor of the parking structure, I noticed a couple of twenty-something guys circling it. When I hit the key fob to unlock the doors, they looked a little startled and started heading off sheepishly. Then one of them turned around, walked over to me, and said, "Seeing that car made our day. Thanks!" Now, we've had some pretty impressive cars in our test fleet, but I can honestly say that I've never had anyone thank me just for letting them look at a car in a public parking lot. And that should tell you something about the Quattroporte. On paper, its competitors are the Mercedes S-class and the BMW 7-series (in their most uplevel trims), but in real life the Maserati has a cachet that those two cars --- as good as they are --- just can't match.
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Base RWD 4-Dr Sedan V8
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2009 Maserati Quattroporte Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
4.2L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
12 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
18 MPG
Horsepower:
400 hp @ 7000rpm
Torque:
339 ft lb of torque @ 4750rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
50,000 miles / 48 months
Corrosion
50,000 miles / 48 months
Roadside
50,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:10
Component
STEERING:LINKAGES:TIE ROD ASSEMBLY
Summary
MASERATI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 GRANTURISMO AND QUATTROPORTE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 3, 2008, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2008. THE REAR SUSPENSION LEFT-SIDE AND RIGHT-SIDE WHEEL ALIGNMENT TOE-IN TIE- RODS MAY FAIL DUE TO INCORRECT MACHINING.
Consequences
A FAILED TIE-ROD COULD LEAD TO A LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE AFFECTED TIE-RODS, INSTALL A TIE-ROD KIT AND PERFORM A WHEEL ALIGNMENT, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MASERATI AT 1-201-816-2600.
Potential Units Affected
763
Notes
MASERATI NORTH AMERICA, INC.


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