When Maserati presented the first Quattroporte at the 1963 Turin Motor Show, it not only launched the fastest four-seater car in the world, but also introduced a whole new category to the marketplace: the luxury sports saloon. The concept was revolutionary for the times: take a successful Maserati racing engine and place it inside the body of a saloon; nobody had done it until then. With its exceptional handling and a race-bred V8 engine the Quattroporte was the fastest saloon in the world at the time.
In the following 50 years, the Quattroporte has remained as Maserati’s flagship model. Forever exclusive, never mainstream, it has always been daringly different – for those who dare to be different.
With the restyling of the flagship Quattroporte, Maserati launches a new range strategy to offer its highly demanding clientele the additional choice of two unique trim options that emphasise the two key pillars of the brand’s DNA: GranLusso and GranSport.
The two highly distinctive trims are available as an upgrade for all Quattroporte V6 powertrain versions (Quattroporte Diesel and Quattroporte S). Both trims are be priced at the same level across the range.
The top of the range version, the Quattroporte GTS, which features the twin-turbo V8, will be available exclusively in either the GranLusso or GranSport trim as part of the standard equipment.
Each trim level was conceived to meet the needs of customers that seek a distinctive and unique product in the luxury saloon segment.
GranLusso and GranSport are immediately recognisable thanks to their distinct exterior design and unique interiors.
Those who seek even more exclusivity and lavish luxury in their Quattroporte can opt for the unrestrained opulence of the GranLusso trim. On the outside the bumper inserts are in chrome, and there are body coloured sideskirts, black brake callipers and elegant 20” Mercurio wheels while the interior has been uniquely styled and appointed by the leading fashion house of Ermenegildo Zegna.
Exquisite Italian Zegna silk, colours and high grade materials combine to generate an absolute masterpiece of taste and refinement – Maserati being the only brand in the world to feature bespoke silk interiors. Other GranLusso enhancements to the cabin include a wood and leather steering wheel, wood trim, a power rear sunblind, four-zone climate control, and heated rear seats.
For individuals of a sporting disposition who want their Quattroporte to reflect their more athletic lifestyles, there is the highly distinctive and dramatic GranSport trim. Exterior enhancements include new front and rear sports bumpers with exclusive black gloss features, body coloured sideskirts, 21” Titano wheels and red brake callipers. Inside, the cabin benefits from special sports seats, gearshift paddles, sports foot pedals, a new sports steering wheel and Piano black trim.
The Quattroporte can be made even more dynamic with exterior and interior Carbon packages. The exterior package features the door mirrors, door handles and central pillars all in sporty carbon fibre, whilst the interior package comprises carbon fibre steering wheel, door sills, and internal trim. Both packages can be ordered individually or together for the Quattroporte, and also with the GranSport trim, which then includes the front bumper profile in carbon fibre, too.
It is universally acknowledged that Italians lead the world in car design, imbuing their cars not only with great beauty, but also adding that intangible touch of genius called ‘allure’. A prime example of this is the Quattroporte: cultured and refined, it is a masterpiece of sophistication, aesthetics and aerodynamic elegance.
Despite its impressive size, the Quattroporte manages to maintain a balanced and dynamic appearance - from the restyled Maserati grille at the front to its LED light clusters at the rear. Newly designed front and rear bumpers give the car even greater authority and presence, whilst the marque’s traditional three air vents are featured along the sides. Frameless doors then manage to give this executive saloon the appearance of a sleek coupé. The Quattroporte’s familiar triangular C-pillar, the celebrated Saetta logo, is another nod to the car’s innate sporting character, as are the quad chrome tailpipes and the integral boot spoiler, which generates downforce at high speeds. Its aerodynamics are also impressive, thanks in part to its flat underbody and also to a clever Air Shutter behind the front grille that controls the passage of air through the radiator and reduces drag.
The sophisticated design of the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox ensures precise gearchanges and exceptional performance, and comfortably manages the prodigious power of the different engines. Mounted behind the engine, it is assisted by auto-adaptive software that is able to recognise the way the car is being driven, and modifies the shifting pattern for each individual driver. There are five operating modes, selected using the buttons near the gear lever: Auto Normal, Auto Sport, Manual Normal, Manual Sport, and Increased Control & Efficiency (I.C.E) for a better control in any weather conditions and the most comfortable and quietest engine response, along with reduced fuel consumption. Upshifts are all automatic unless a manual mode is selected.
To ensure the comfort of its distinguished guests, the Quattroporte wants for nothing, and in terms of materials and equipment only the best will do: premium Italian leathers, fine woods, handcrafted stitching, the very latest in high-tech instrumentation and exclusive Ermenegildo Zegna Silk Edition interiors.
The sensation of wellbeing begins with the 12-way power adjustable leather front seats that ensure the perfect driving position. Ahead of the driver, on the central console, there is the very latest touch-screen infotainment system with an additional rotary control, along with a handy new phone storage box. Meanwhile, the multifunction steering wheel is a model of ergonomic efficiency and provides a highly tactile grip.
Equal attention has been focused on the occupants of the rear seats, as well. The standard Quattroporte comes with a supremely comfortable, asymmetrically folding, hand-stitched leather rear bench seat for three people, complete with a central armrest that contains a USB point and a 12V socket. The overall spaciousness of the Quattroporte is enhanced by the sleek lines of the broad dashboard, its central tunnel, and its large doors, so that all onboard are enveloped in an atmosphere of complete luxury.
With all the luxury and comfort expected of Maserati’s flagship, the Quattroporte Diesel delivers exceptional fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.
Exclusivity will always be a standard feature of the Quattroporte S - a rare and prestigious masterpiece for the fortunate few.
The Quattroporte GTS represents the epitome of the Maserati Philosophy. Available in either GranLusso or GranSport trim.