2014 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4: Around The Block

Patrick M Hoey

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)
Marc Hamady
Looks nice. Would take it over an S-class.
Do I want one?  Yes!  Am I disappointed the bespoke nature of the previous model is completely missing?  Yes.  Indeed, the details make or break a car at this price point.  No one wants to get into a $100K Maserati and see the exact same window and seat switches at a $20K Dart.   That is really inexcusable.  At least when Bentley uses Audi seat switches, it dresses them up with a chrome finish and a brushed metal escutcheon.  If there is a reason Maserati could not use the guts of Chrysler window switches and dress them up with unique faceplates, I'd like to hear it.  And don't tell me it was cost - not at Maserati's price point.   The U-Connect is fine - since it is one of the best in the industry.  Just put it in a unique faceplate with some unique graphics to differentiate it a bit.

And where are the multiple interior color choices of the previous generation?  Reds,blues, 4 shades of saddle and tan, etc. were all available in the previous Quatrroporte - with your choice of carpet color, headliner, and seat welting.  Now there is only a bleak color palette of four "shades of dirt" i.e.,beiges  taupes, and charcoals.  Even the Dart has a more varied array of interior colors available.
But all those easily rectified quibbles aside, the new Quattroporte is a much better car than its predecessor, still a unique and compelling presence on the highway, and still very desirable.  I'll take one.  (Do you suppose I can get it in navy blue with a full scarlet
leather interior?)
P.S. Is the long range plan of FCA to keep Chrysler an upper medium priced car with no further upscale aspirations, and the Maserati sedans eventually occupying the showroom space that was once reserved for pricey Imperials back in the day?  And where will the new RWD Alfa sedans fit in this mix - especially when it will share a chassis & some drivetrain bits with the next generation Charger and 300?
Prashant Mishra
The black dragön;->
Robert May
It might be a redesign, but it's almost the same looking car...since 2004. The shape is old.
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Shouvik Skyler
yes it really has ....
Paul Edmonds
Chrysler 300
Tom Champion
I expected better.  An older Quattroporte maybe a better value?
Bayan Pour
Nice fish graham, you take it out of your mom's vagina. LOL at yourself
Bayan Pour
Good one jordan, you look pretty cool with your selfie profile pic. I'm glad that you plugged it in it get that shot of your malnourished body
Robert May
An ancient design that desperately needs a serious redesign.
Graham Benson
Ethan Hartley
Jordan Staffens
Your mom looks like she's from Walmart's car accessory isle.
Jeff Boyle
Seeing quite a few of these new ones in Seattle. They are much prettier in person, just don't sound quite as good.
Roger Teply
i thought it was a Buick
Ben Zim
its classic , MASERATI had them before walmart ....
Fonzo Ro Ma
Looks like an Oldsmobile Aurora
Nadeem Best
Looks like old Mercedes cls
Ahmad Alkozi
Ahhhh. My feeling
Check out our SmartLogic Android tablet system installed in a 2014 Maserati QP.
Sim Ngema
What would you choose between a mc stradle or this?
Raviranjan Pathak
wonderful .......
Bayan Pour
Those side vents look like they're from walmart's car accessory isle
Dave Dave
can i have 1 plz?
Floyd Richard Burdett
Looks nice...but not "striking". All the same...I certainly would not mind having one sitting in MY driveway!
No, you don't look TOO Supergay, why do you ask?

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