Maserati Quattroporte V6 GranSport Nerissimo Carbon Pack 4dr Auto

  • Automatic
  • Petrol
  • 4 door saloon

Ten Second Review

The Quattroporte was always a special Maserati model; in effect a sportscar dressed up as a big saloon where its rivals were big saloons dressed up as sportscars. The improved version of the current sixth-generation model - the car we look at here - is the best thing Maserati has yet brought us in the top luxury saloon segment, but it needs to be good to keep up with the competition. Outside, there's a mild facelift, while the interior looks smarter and more p to date.

Background

Maserati as a brand is going places. The company's latest Levante SUV is racking up some decent sales numbers and the car we look at here, the improved Quattroporte luxury sports saloon, has been a sales success for the brand in its first three years on sale. The Quattroporte first appeared on Maserati's books way back in 1963 and was always a bit of a quirky niche player here in the UK until the introduction of the achingly gorgeous fifth-generation model in 2004. Here was a car that had the power to seduce buyers from their BMW M models and Mercedes AMG specials into something altogether more sensuous. That progress was continued by the MK6 model and looks set to progress further here with this facelifted version.

Driving Experience

As ever, this is a saloon that drives like a sports coupe. If you want silent cosseting, you should have visited a Lexus dealer. There's a firm ride, an urgent engine note and a machine that's fantastic fun to hustle through a set of bends. Most UK buyers order their cars with the most affordable 3.0-litre V6 diesel, a 275PS unit that develops 600Nm of torque and can take you to 62mph in 6.4s en route to 157mph. If you simply must have your Quattroporte with petrol power - a point of view we can understand - the entry-level engine is a 350PS 3.0 V6. Next up is a 410PS 3.0-litre V6 which makes 62mph in 5.1s en route to 178mph. Want more under your right boot? Try the 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 that's good for 530PS. This is closely related to a Ferrari design, although the Ferrari engine is said to feature a cross-plane crank for more power but slightly less torque. The 3.0-litre engine is also developed to work with all-wheel drive but sadly not for right-hand drive markets. Apparently the steering column would foul the driveshaft plane. Power for all Quattroporte models is directed through a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Design and Build

The major changes to his improved model are found at the front where there's a light and grille arrangement reminiscent of the brand's Levante luxury SUV. The lower nose section is linked to the grille with aerodynamic inspired splits. The back has been restyled too, with two side pockets that focus the attention on the exhausts. An aggressive black piano spoiler completes the rear view. Inside, there are further changes too, primarily with the addition of smarter touchscreen infotainment system in the centre of the dash. Buyers also get redesigned front and rear seats with more sculptured profiles, plus a smarter sport steering wheel, which can be ordered in carbon fibre or full leather. There's high gloss Piano Black wood trim on the dashboard, aluminium gearshift paddles and stainless steel sport pedals to complete the effect. Otherwise, it's pretty much as you were. Measuring over 5.2m from tip to tail, this Quattroporte certainly isn't a small car. Indeed, it could appeal to the chauffeur market as well as to buyers who just want pedal the thing themselves. You can specify a two-seat rear bench with a central divider, or a three-seater that splits and folds to extend the 530-litre boot.

Market and Model

Prices haven't changed much, which means a span that starts at around £75,000 for the entry-level diesel version - or from around £78,000 for the base 3.0 petrol V6. There are two trim levels - 'GranLusso' and 'GranSport' - and there's been a clear emphasis on improving quality both actual and perceived, with stricter quality procedures in the build process and some high-quality woods and leathers used throughout. Key extra features added include an electronic parking brake, a surround view camera, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Automated Emergency Braking. Many of the major controls are operated by a large central touch screen mounted on the centre console. There's a twin-cowled instrument cluster and traditionalists will be reassured that you still get an analogue clock inset into the dashboard. The Quattroporte will have to do very well to shift some formidable rivals and these cover a wide span, including vehicles such as the Mercedes CLS and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe right up to cars such as the Aston Martin Rapide and Bentley Continental Flying Spur. It'll be helped in achieving its targets by a dealer network that's growing fast as well.

Cost of Ownership

Maserati has done what it could to improve the efficiency of this car. To that end, an electrically adjustable Air Shutter has been fitted in the front grille between the air vents and the engine's radiator. The Air Shutter provides optimal control of the engine's fluid temperature and, together with the optimization of the new front and rear bumpers, air conveyor and flat bottom, improves the aerodynamic drag of the car by 10%. It's still pretty thirsty though, or at least it is if you go for a petrol model. The base 3.0 V6 returns 29.4mpg on the combined cycle and 223g/km of CO2. Go for the 3.8 V8 and those figures fall to 26.4mpg and 250g/km. Which is why most UK buyers opt for the entry-level 3.0 V6 diesel; here the figures are much more acceptable - 45.6mpg and 163g/km. The evolutionary styling of this Quattroporte will help protect residual values of the old car which weren't as bad as many think.

Summary

Maserati looks to be adhering to a very sensible development plan for this improved sixth-generation Quattroporte. Not a lot needed doing to the basic styling of the original car, so the exterior design is nicely evolutionary. The interior has been extensively modernised and is far more media-savvy - an area which rather dated its predecessor. Overall, if you add up all the points, you'd probably by something else in this segment. But if you let your heart rule your head - and we can understand why you would - then this Maserati continues to offer a temptingly different option.

  • Carbon front splitter
  • Gloss black front grille
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Active exhaust sound system
  • Air shutter control
  • Body colour side skirts, front and rear sport fascias with front inserts, front lower profile and rear diffuser in gloss black finish
  • Carbon finish B pillar
  • Dark exhaust tips
  • Chrome line exterior trim
  • Black Day Light opening (DLO) surround
  • Dark exterior finishing (rear trunk accent, grille upper bezel, side air vents, badging)
  • Black piano inserts on front bumper
  • Sports bumpers
  • Front side airbags
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with pressure displayed within the central digital cluster
  • Driver/front passenger dual stage smart airbags
  • Front and rear seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters
  • Window airbags
  • Head airbags
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Perimeter alarm system including volumetric sensing, anti-lift device and electronic immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Aluminium key fob, with key-less entry and key-less go function with (lock/unlock button, boot opening and exterior light on)
  • Maserati NavTrak vehicle tracking system with Automatic Driver Recognition and Remote Inhibition
  • Power boot lid with kick sensor
  • Wireless charger
  • Stop/start system
  • Soft close doors
  • Front and rear head restraints with embossed Trident logo
  • Front armrest with twin mechanical opening, with illuminated storage compartment, air conditioned, 12V socket and 2 cup holders
  • Carbon door handles
  • Electric height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Extended leather interiors
  • 'Easy entry-exit' feature on steering column
  • Rear armrest with USB charger, 12V socket and 2 hidden cup holders
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals
  • Front and rear map pockets
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Compression Ratio: 9.7:1
  • Cylinder Layout: V6
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 86.5
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 84.5
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Camshaft: QUAD CAM
  • CC: 2979
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 4
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Badge Power: 350
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50E
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • Generation Mark: 6
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Coin Series: GranSpt Neris Carbon
  • Special Edition: False
  • Coin Description: V6
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1860
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 530
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.8
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 80
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.5
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 51
  • Engine Torque - NM: 500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 350
  • Engine Power - KW: 257
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Top Speed: 168
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 369
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 27.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 22.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 19.3
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 10.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 10.2
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 31
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 14.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 11.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 23.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 28
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 11.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 29.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 9.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 23.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 12.7
  • EC Urban (mpg): 18.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 18.9
  • EC Combined (mpg): 25.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 25
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 12
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 14.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 9.6
  • Space Saver: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 285/30 R21
  • Wheel Type: 21" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: ATLANTE
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/35 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Alloys: True
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 257
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 232
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 270
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 429
  • CO2 (g/km): 246
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 273
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 229
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 287
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 217
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 437
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 217
  • Width: 1948
  • Width (including mirrors): 2128
  • Height: 1481
  • Wheelbase: 3171
  • Length: 5262
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2