First drive: Maserati Quattroporte Diesel

•The Italian-made 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel is the only Maserati engine not assembled for Maserati by Ferrari

• The Italian-made 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel is the only Maserati engine not assembled for Maserati by Ferrari

The sixth-generation Maserati Quattroporte  is one very seductive Italian writes Geraldine Herbert

What is it? Maserati’s Quattroporte is sleek, stylish, and now even more economical thanks to the new diesel engines. While Italian purists  may choke on their pasta at the first diesel-powered car in the model’s long and illustrious history this oil burner was designed to broaden the appeal of the Quattroporte, particularly in Europe.

First impressions of the new Maserati   Quattroporte? It’s muscular and taut looking but in no way menacing, the is masculinity tempered by the feminine side. Distinctive and exclusive the  Quattroporte is an exercise in elegant sportiness.

•New cabin features include 8.4” Maserati Touch Control screen, an optional WiFi WLAN hotspot, up to 15 speakers of Bowers and Wilkins premium surround system,

• New cabin features include 8.4” Maserati Touch Control screen, an optional WiFi WLAN hotspot, up to 15 speakers of Bowers and Wilkins premium surround system,

What about the interior?  The driving position is supremely comfortable, whatever height you are and the cabin is as well-crafted as an Armani suit. Everything oozes luxury with all the traditional hand crafted detailing for which the trident brand is known. Its also practical, with a huge boot and room for you and four co-conspirators, or friends.

 

Maserati  Quattroporte  on road? Zipping from 0-100km/h in only 6.4 seconds with 250km/h top speed the  Quattroporte is no slouch and no-one would you ever suspect its a diesel. Despite feeling quite substantial it  handles tight, sticks beautifully to the road and in tight corners is surprisingly sure-footed for its size.  The steering is light but the ride is firm and maybe a little too harsh for some.

How much? Maserati is a company synonymous with cars with big engines and even bigger price tags but this  Quattroporte starts at £69,235 (Irish prices are likely to be in the region of €100,000 – €200,000)  which is almost a bargain for a car that combines such ludicrous levels of leather, luxury and interior space.

Will it break the bank? This Audi A8, Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-series rival consumes  a frugal 5.2 litres/100km on a combination of city and motorway driving while  emitting a prudent 163 grams of CO2 each kilometre.

•With the original Quattroporte in 1963, Maserati invented the concept of the luxury sports sedan and

• With the original Quattroporte in 1963, Maserati invented the concept of the luxury sports sedan and

How safe? Plenty of features to keep you safe on the road and so many high-tech driver aids it’s almost impossible to crash, but you get plenty of airbags just in case. An extra layer of security  comes with the Maserati Stability Program (MSP) that reassures with ABS, EBD and a host of electronic  safety systems.

What about my options? There’s no shortage of extras, from the Bowers & Wilkins premium surround system  to WiFi hot spots and four zone automatic climate control. And if efficiency is not your concern the one to opt for is the  4.7-litre V8 in the Quattroporte Sport GT S or the 3.8-litre V8 engine.

 

3 words to describe the Maserati  Quattroporte: Smooth; Seductive; Sophisticated

 

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Geraldine Herbert

14th May, 2015

 

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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