Somehow though, it always manages to be one of our favorites. It’s some effect caused by taking the “Executive Performance Sedan,” a car rarely driven by “cool” people, and making it aggressive, intimidating, and kind of mysterious. The Quattroporte is for the guy who made his money “in sales” but prefers not to talk about it — not Dave from accounting. The Maserati Quattroporte has always been a strange car. Compare its spec sheet with the Porsche Panamera, BMW M6 Grand Coupe or Audi RS7, and it seems to be woefully out of touch, almost always falling short on the price/performance ratio.
Maserati announced an updated and improved Quattroporte for 2017, and it’s the same basic setup: four doors, flowing hip lines and three engine options: a 3.0-liter turbo diesel, a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 and a 3.8-liter V8 in the top-end GTS (the V6’s are all fine and good, but seriously, skip the V8).
What has changed is some exterior styling, which is made to look even more aggressive (as if it needed it) and some trick new shutters in the front grille that, combined with underbody profiling, makes the car 10 percent more aerodynamic than the outgoing edition. The interior gets a much-welcome revamp too, all centered around an 8.4-inch touchscreen and improved switch work and finishing. More exciting on the interior, though, is the option for cloth seats — though instead of the scratchy nylon of your Chevy Impala, it’s patterned silk courtesy of Ermenegildo Zegna (presumably dry-clean only).
GranLusso (blue/grey) or GranSport (white/red)?
Those silk seats are part of the two big packages Maser’s offering on each new Quattroporte, GranLusso and GranSport. The GranLusso package offers a more luxurious driving experience, which includes the aforementioned Zegna fabric, Radica wood finishing (our Italian’s not that good, but we’re fairly sure that means walnut) and slightly less aggressive exterior body details. The GranSport, however, aims for full-on Regazzo Racer status with more vents, more black and more “sculpted” things.
Regardless of which Quattroporte you go with (get the GTS GranSport), Maserati’s flagship seems to be inching towards its former glory and separating itself from the Ghibli in all the right ways. We’re heading to Sicily to test Maserati’s new four-door later this week, so tell us what you’re curious about. Anything you want to know? Hit the comments sections on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to let us know.
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