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Quattroporte means 4-door. Yes, this is a full-blooded Maserati with a huge engine, Italian design by Pininfarina, great performance, highest luxury with plush materials and the prestige that this brand name inevitably brings, but with the practicality of a large four-door luxury sedan. Not many people own a Maserati, but the ones that do are absolutely in love with them. That’s why Quattroporte was a big challenge for the brand since it represented a shift from the standard course they followed. So, have they done it? Read on to and give us your thoughts.

2013 Maserati Quattroporte Front

2013 Maserati Quattroporte

The way it used to be

There is something special about sitting in a cockpit of a real sports car. Those cars are usually small and cramped up, leaving just enough room for the driver to operate everything with ease and that’s it. There’s usually no room to take off your jacket while in your car. This is difficult in any car, but sports cars make it damn impossible. And the other passengers? Who cares about them. The front passenger usually gets the same level of luxury and space the driver has, but this is mostly due to the practicality of symmetry. If the laws of physics worked differently, the front passenger would get the “space” rear passengers get. No leg-room, no head-room, hard seats-if any and utter lack of comfort. That’s because they are irrelevant. The main guy is behind the wheel and he is having fun. So, all the others in a sports car are just an unnecessary burden.

Modern times

This is the way things used to be for a long time. But then the market presented new challenges even for the most iconic of the brands and they needed to comply. While still offering their standard sporting beasts, they needed to create some different models that were to give enough room and practicality for a well off sports car lover to drive his kids to school or even enjoy his adored vehicle on a trip to his mountain house. The challenge was huge. Porsche has done a great job with the Panamera and this machine proudly continues the tradition even setting some new standards, Ferrari is doing the same, so it is no wonder that Maserati started following the same path. This is the product.

Exterior

This was probably the biggest challenge. Making a four door sedan and still making people recognize it to be a Maserati. In my opinion they have done so for the most part. The back part could have been a bit more noticeable, but we’ll come to that.
Looking at it from the front you will know it’s a Maserati. The recognizable Maserati trident badge sitting in the middle of a large chrome grille with widely spaced bars is sure to tell you that. If this isn’t enough for you, close this page and buy a Prius or a Go-Ped , but less cool. The headlights look amazing with differently colored blinkers at the sides. The line that the shape of the headlights creates leads your eyes to that wonderful grille we talked about. The Headlights, as well as tail lamps, have got LED treatments. The hood is huge; telling you there must be something outstanding under it.

2013 Maserati Quattroporte Front

2013 Maserati Quattroporte front view

From the side, Quattroporte is different, though. Additional set of doors gave it a more conservative look, but by no means bad. It reminds you of the likes of its competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series. It seems large, but inspires confidence as well. The line that stretches from the front wheels, along the front door, then rises above the rear-door handles and ends at the tail lights puts a bit more “weight” on the back making the car seem more massive. The wheels are 19 or 20 inches in diameter, the side mirrors are power heated and auto dimming.

2013 Maserati Quattroporte Side

2013 Maserati Quattroporte Side View

The back view we already mentioned continues the toning down trend. It doesn’t look bad, or ordinary, but it doesn’t have those extraordinary features of a Maserati. The tail that continues from the trunk is small, but just big enough, making the back seem a bit “angrier” and the side more balanced than it would look without it. The exhausts are wonderfully placed near the tires that, in turn, seem a bit wider than the rest of the car (even though they are not) and this makes the car look meaner, but more stable as well. A great trick.

2013 Maserati Quattroporte Rear

2013 Maserati Quattroporte back view

Interior

Yes, this is a real 5-seater. There is enough room for five grownups. The leather and wood are present, with the addition of chrome accents. The front seats are heated, and there is an option of having the rear ones heated, too. There is automatic two-zone air conditioning and this car is by no means a hard and bumpy ride. It is very comfortable and massive. The GTS version has accent fabric made from titanium and coated in aluminum.

2013 Maserati Quattroporte Interior (3)

2013 Maserati Quattroporte back seats

The driver will have the most fun again. The steering wheel is massive with the sign in the middle, all the controls are easy to reach and use and the instruments are clear.

2013 Maserati Quattroporte Interior (2)

Driver’s position in the Quattroporte

The middle part features a big touch screen for media and navigation, under which there are beautifully designed air condition controls. The transmission stick is placed a bit to the left of the central console and the wooden surface around it is smooth and elegant with enough room for closed storage compartments.

2013 Maserati Quattroporte Interior (1)

2013 Maserati Quattroporte central part

Engine and Performance Specs

This is where you can see that this is still a real Maserati. There are two versions. The engine is the same size in both and it is a 4.7 l V8 that produces 434 hp for the S model and 444 hp for the Sport GTS (this version features launch control and performance transmission tuning as well). The transmission is a six-speed automatic with manual paddle shifters. You also get Brembo brakes and Skyhook sport suspension. The acceleration to 60 mph for the S model is just over 5 seconds, while those extra 10 hp in the Sport GTS put you under the 5 second mark, which is, for a car of this size and weight. Pretty remarkable.

The final word

We have to come to terms with the changes in the automotive industry, whatever we think of them. For example, I will always prefer manual transmission is sports cars, but I can understand why they are all switching to automatics. In my opinion, Maserati Quattroporte is an outstanding product. With other sports car makers going the same way, this was a logical step, but also the one that is bound to keep Maserati loved for time to come. What do you think?

2013 Maserati Quattroporte Front Right

2013 Maserati Quattroporte

(Images via Caricos)


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