2014 Maserati Quattroporte

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This is the latest in our new series of short-take reviews on cars and trucks, in which we concentrate on a powertrain or trim level not previously covered. –Ed.
Maseratis look, smell, and sound like nothing else on the road. The very word, Maserati, calls to mind a summer vacation in Italy’s Umbria region. The brand hopes to capitalize on this mystique and broaden its appeal with new models, like the Maserati Quattroporte S Q4. This version of Maserati’s flagship sedan sports two critical new features: a V-6 and all-wheel drive. It offers the advantages you’d expect of this setup—it’s more efficient than the V-8-powered Quattroporte and has great traction whether you’re storming along the Italian coast or crawling through a Michigan snowstorm. But is it still special? That’s the question we fixated on when a $119,150 Quattroporte S Q4 came through our office.
The Quattroporte’s 3.0-liter V-6, engineered by Ferrari, fires up with an angry snarl. The dramatic exhaust note quickly dispels any notion that a six-cylinder Quattroporte can’t be sporty. So do the specifications. The twin-turbo six puts out 404 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. Maserati says the V-6 powered, all-wheel-drive Quattroporte will hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.
That said, the engine doesn’t quite replicate the free-breathing character of a Maserati V-8. “The engine is reserved—lazy even—unless you select sport mode and gun it,” says associate web editor Jake Holmes. The eight-speed automatic shifts smoothly—no one here misses the old DuoSelect sequential manual transmission—but copy editor Rusty Blackwell notes that the shift paddles don’t feel as finely crafted as those in the old car.
Indeed, many small parts drew big complaints. The Ebano wood interior trim, a $1690 option, is so polished that it looks like plastic. (Maserati also offers more fashionable open-pore wood trim.) More damning are the Chrysler bits. Some of these parts are quite good. The uConnect touchscreen interface is not only a lot better than Maserati’s previous efforts but also beats what many luxury competitors offer. The door handles and the chunky key fob, on the other hand, are chintzy for a car that starts for more than $100,000. “The nicest Chrysler 300 I’ve ever driven,” quips Holmes.
OK, we’re not seriously suggesting this Italian sedan will be confused with a Chrysler product. And we readily concede that brands like Lamborghini and Bentley have successfully borrowed parts from mainstream Volkswagens. Yet, we couldn’t quite shake the feeling that something—something special—is missing from the newest Quattroporte. “It feels like a luxury car, but it doesn’t have that sense of occasion one hopes for in a Maserati,” says managing editor Amy Skogstrom. As Maserati further expands its lineup with the 2014 Ghibli and the upcoming Levante SUV, it will need to pay careful attention to the little details that make its vehicles so special.

2014 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4

Base Price: $104,300
Price As Tested: $119,150
Engine: 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6
Power: 404 hp
Torque: 406 lb-ft
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Drive: 4-wheel
Cargo Capacity: 18.7 cubic feet
Fuel Economy: 15/24 mpg (city/highway)
2014 Maserati Quattroporte Q4 Front End In Motion 3
A couple of months after the launch of the V-8-engined Quattroporte GTS, Maserati will introduce the entry-level Quattroporte S powered by a new turbocharged V-6 engine. Maserati's entry level is still a pretty lofty level, with a price tag of just over $100,000, a 410-hp powerplant, and the same XXL footprint that measures 207 inches in length and 77 inches in width. Even with only six cylinders and 3.0 liters of displacement, the lesser Modenese luxury liner can keep up with such V8-engined rivals as the Audi A8 4.0 TFSI quattro, the BMW 750i xDrive, and the Mercedes-Benz S500 4Matic. "That's my point, exactly," emphasizes a beaming Harald Wester, who runs the Maserati brand and is the senior engineer of the Fiat Car Group. "The new Quattroporte combines V-8 performance with V-6 fuel economy. The four-wheel-drive model accelerates in 4.9 seconds from 0-62 mph, reaches a maximum speed of 177 mph and averages 27 mpg [in the European combined cycle]. Thanks to the better traction, the all-wheel-drive version is 0.2 seconds quicker off the mark than its rear-wheel-drive counterpart." So why can't we have all-wheel drive with the V-8 GTS? "It's a packaging issue," explains Wester. "But we are looking at it."
Pedigreed V-6
Developed with and built by Ferrari, the 3.0-liter Quattroporte S V-6 ticks four vital boxes: it spins freely to 6000 rpm, its torque plateau extends from 1750 to 5000 rpm, it delivers an ambitious 410 hp, and it sounds as if it had been trained by Pavarotti. The eight-speed autobox -- which is shared with the GTS -- offers five different drive programs. Auto and manual will run in normal or sport mode, the latter ensuring faster shifts at higher revs, a quicker throttle response, and a more spine-tingling soundtrack above 3000 rpm. Push the I.C.E. button (for increased control and efficiency), and the drivetrain will operate with pursed lips for improved comfort, fuel economy, and stability. A mechanical limited-slip differential is standard.
Grab the wheel
The Quattroporte S will be offered both with rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, but the latter version has several advantages even beyond traction and grip. The real issues here are handling, steering, and roadholding. Although its front wheels have no propulsion duties, the steering in the rear-wheel-drive car disappoints. It feels more detached and artificial than in the rear-wheel-drive GTS, its weighting is on the light side, and the feedback deteriorates ever so slightly as you wind on more lock. Perhaps the most serious flaw is the disturbing counter-action: when you turn the wheel, the wheel nudges back once it has reached the desired steering angle. Although we applaud Maserati's decision not to install an electro-mechanical system, this hydraulic setup manages to feel strangely passive and noncommittal. In the Q4, the same steering does a more convincing job. It is better connected, more responsive, and more linear. True, at times there is a trace of torque steer being transferred to the palms, but you don't mind because this is more about information than about interference. The on-center communication is more detailed, too, and the weighting is nicely progressive which means that the haptic signals remain intact even through tight corners and sudden lane changes.
Without Q4, the Quattroporte S fails to shine in certain dynamic departments. We already mentioned the steering, and we should also point out the early ESP intervention in tight corners, as well as the skyhook suspension, which tends to be more sky than hook on undulated pavement. In the Q4, these drawbacks pale against the more entertaining handling, the stronger roadholding, and the more aggressively set-up chassis. Body roll, pitch and yaw are now kept much better in check, steering response and throttle action are quite a bit sharper, and the active torque distribution helps to maintain a sportier flow.
Track time
To confirm early impressions, we compared both versions on the Balacco handling circuit with the former F1 driver Ivan Capelli first at the helm and then in the passenger seat. Comments Capelli: "Although it is purely rear-wheel-drive above 100 mph, Q4 transforms the Quattroporte. On the track at least, it feels like a different car altogether." There is no doubt about it: the Q4 is the more transparent tool, the more rewarding to drive, and the faster car by some margin. Whereas on damp pavement the rear-wheel-drive model struggles to put down its maximum torque of 406 pound-feet, its all-wheel-drive sibling distributes the twist action among all four wheels in a fluid and homogenous motion. Normally, the Q4 entertains a 70 percent rear-wheel bias, which increases to 90 percent above 80 mph. As soon as the traction control chip senses a trace of slippage, however, the torque is split at an even 50/50 percent. Through a wet hairpin, you may even encounter a brief front-wheel-drive bias. It's this active yet subtle juggling of forces which makes the Q4 so much fun to modulate at the limit.
The ride comfort varies between reasonable and acceptable, depending on whether the vehicle is shod with 19, 20, or 21-inch rubber. A sport button firms up the dampers; push it, and the chassis will tighten its muscles, a move which is further enhanced by the optional 21-inchers fitted to both test cars. Although the brakes show zero carbon-ceramic content, they have a relatively easy time decelerating the 4233-pound S Q4, which is slightly heavier than the V-8, but still light for this class.
Compared with the GTS, the S Q4 is 0.2 seconds behind in the sprint from 0 to 62 mph, and its top speed is 15 mph below the V-8 car's. Predictably, there is also a difference in fuel consumption, but that swings in favor of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine (although neither model yet has EPA estimates). The V-8 whips up more mid-range torque, it zooms ahead with even greater urge above 125 mph, and its vocal talent is adept at raising goose pimples, but we would still write our check for the S Q4, which is not only more affordable but also better balanced overall.
Money matters
Speaking of writing a check, we come to the key drawback of the Quattroporte S Q4: the bullish asking price -- $106,900 in the U.S. market. And even at that price, the Quattroporte is not exactly rich with driver assistance systems. Since similar money buys a V-8 in an A8, a 7-series, and an S-class, so why should luxury-car buyers spend its cash on the Maserati? "Because it is better equipped, significantly roomier, and the much more emotional choice," answers Herr Wester. "Even more to the point, it makes for a very special driving experience."
What makes this car compelling is its ambience: the cool and classy cockpit, the generous packaging, the wealth of wood and leather, the italianitá that successfully defines the style and the craftsmanship. Would we put our money down for la nuova Quattroporte? Maybe, but we'd first want to try the upcoming new Ghibli. If that car lacks space and that special sense of the occasion, the Quattroporte S Q4 might be a viable alternative -- at least to the likes of a Jaguar XJR, a Lexus LS600, and a Bentley Flying Spur.

2014 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4

On Sale: Summer 2013
Base Price: $106,900
Engine: 3.0L twin-turbo V-6, 410 hp, 406 lb-ft
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Drive: 4-wheel
Fuel Economy: N/A
Curb Weight: 4233 lb
2014 Maserati Quattroporte
2014 Maserati Quattroporte

New For 2014

The 2014 Maserati Quattroporte is completely redesigned. The styling is an evolution of the previous model's voluptuous curves, but the sheetmetal is draped over a larger chassis. The 2014 Maserati Quattroporte has increased in size and now fully measures up against the extended-wheelbase versions of other large luxury sedans such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Jaguar XJL (the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte is offered in just one wheelbase length). The other major change with the new model is that there is now a choice of two engines, a V-6 and a V-8, both turbocharged -- and the former can be paired with all-wheel drive, another Quattroporte first.

Vehicle Summary

The Quattroporte has been the lone four-door Maserati since its debut in 1963. And since Maserati is a brand better known for sexy coupes than for luxury sedans, the Quattroporte has been an obscure minor player in its arena. Maserati hopes to change that situation with the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte, which debuts for 2014 along with its first-ever sister model, the smaller Ghibli, giving the brand a two-sedan lineup that should raise its profile among luxury-car buyers.


The redesigned 2014 Maserati Quattroporte moves up in size (and price) to better compete in the high-luxury segment, where most entrants sell a long-wheelbase model. The Quattroporte has gained four inches of rear-seat legroom, but the stylish interior is let down by some details. The navigation system is a Garmin-based Chrysler unit, which works well enough but doesn't have the cutting-edge graphics of the Audi or Mercedes-Benz systems. One gets the sense that pursuit of the latest electronic gadgetry is not a priority at Maserati, as the Quattroporte also lacks some common driver aids such as lane-departure warning, forward collision warning, and blind-spot monitoring.

Instead, Maserati prioritizes performance. Commendably, the new aluminum-intensive architecture has made the car lighter despite its larger size, and it's more lithe than most of its rivals. That makes easy work for the two available engines. The base unit is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 good for 404 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. A new direct-injected 3.8-liter V-8 spins out a potent 523 hp and 479 lb-ft. The latter storms from 0 to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds and continues to pull strongly into the triple digits; top speed is 191 mph. Both engines are mated to a smooth new eight-speed automatic (with shift paddles) rather than the sometimes-jerky DuoSelect automated manual of the past. The V-6 -- but not the V-8 -- also can be ordered with all-wheel drive.

We give full marks to the communicative steering, an increasingly rare hydraulic system in a world overrun with numb, electrically assisted tillers. The great steering combined with an athletic suspension make the Quattroporte a pleasure to bend through a series of curves. Unfortunately, despite the Skyhook suspension's adaptive dampers, the ride quality isn't as plush as we hoped, particularly on the 20- or 21-inch wheels (19s are standard). That's the price you pay for style -- and style is a big part of this car's appeal.

You'll like:

  • Stylish exclusivity
  • Furious performance
  • Available all-wheel drive

You won't like:

  • Evidence of Chrysler kinship inside
  • Lack of some driver aids
  • Uncertain resale value

Key Competitors

  • Audi A8L
  • Bentley Flying Spur
  • Jaguar XJL
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Maserati Ceo Harald J Wester
Maserati’s only debut at the 2014 New York auto show was a pair of special-edition cars, but that doesn’t mean the Italian brand is resting on its laurels. We sat down with Harald J. Wester, CEO of Maserati, as well as Maserati North America president and CEO Peter M. Grady, to learn what’s next for Maserati.
2013 Maserati Ghibli Front Angle
At one time thought to be immune from such plebian concerns as sales volumes, luxury brands are now under as much pressure as more mainstream brands to achieve ever-higher sales goals. Although the numbers may be more modest than for mass-market brands such as Ford, Volkswagen, Chevrolet or Toyota, they're nonetheless significant for the parent companies, which count on the healthy per-unit profit margins of the luxury divisions to contribute to the bottom line. Fortunately for Maserati, 2013 is already poised to be a record-breaker, still with two months to go. Its order total of 22,500 through the end of September is more than double its all-time sales record of 9000 units in 2008.

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2014 Maserati Quattroporte Specifications

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3.0L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
15 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
24 MPG
404 hp @ 5500rpm
406 ft lb of torque @ 1500rpm
  • 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
  • Navigation
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Unlimited miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
Maserati North America, Inc. (Maserati) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Quattroporte, and Ghibli vehicles manufactured July 23, 2014, to August 7, 2014. The fuel delivery hoses in the vehicles may have been improperly crimped.
The improper crimp can cause a fuel leak and, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.
Maserati will notify owners, and dealers will replace the entire fuel delivery line, free of charge. The recall began in October 2014. Owners may contact Maserati customer service at 1-201-816-2600. Maserati's number for this recall is 256.
Potential Units Affected
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