Maserati launches enhanced flagship model

A NEW 321kW Ferrari built twin turbo V6 engine is at the top of a long list of enhancements for the 2018 edition of Maserati’s flagship, the Quattroporte, which hits the Australian market from today.

Offering a unique combination of Italian style, refinement, performance and exclusivity, the new Ferrari engine lands in the Quattroporte S version of Maserati’s luxurious sedan and makes a whopping 580Nm of torque.

That combination delivers an astounding zero to 100km/h time stamp of dead on 5.0 seconds, and, where the law permits, extends its top speed to 288km/h, while offering a commendable 9.3-litres/100km on the official combined test cycle.

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Externally the Quattroporte retains its elegant good looks but while the headlights retain the same profile they now incorporate adaptive LED technology that improves visibility and provides cooler light, as well as doubling lamp life.

The only other exterior change effects the GranSport version, which now gains as standard, the gloss black grille to differentiate it from other versions of the Quattroporte and highlight its performance orientated role in the range.

Opening and closing the doors of the 2018 Quattroporte reveals another change for 2018; soft close doors. Silently and efficiently, the doors will now close the final few millimetres of movement by themselves, delivering quiet, efficient technical sophistication.

The introduction of electric power steering (EPS) is another first for Maserati, replacing the previous hydraulic system.

This improves the car’s handling and comfort, better supports the driving modes and enables the newly-introduced active functions of the Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS), while retaining the classically Maserati razor-sharp steering feel.

An expanded ADAS package is available as an option in the new Quattroporte, and now includes highway assist, lane keep assist, active blind spot assist and traffic sign recognition.

This allows Maserati to offer Level 2 driving automation technology, in line with the top competitors in the high-end segment. A surround view camera compliments the reversing camera which has dynamic guidance lines on the screen.

For 2018 the Quattroporte also adopts integrated vehicle control (IVC), a new function using electronic stability programme (ESP) software that brings aerospace technology to public roads.

By preventing – instead of simply correcting – a loss of car control, IVC, which has been developed in collaboration with Bosch, provides enhanced active safety and driving dynamics, better performance and a more enjoyable experience for the driver.

The new model range, which now includes the GranLusso and GranSport offers owners the chance to blend luxury and sportiness, by marrying exclusive luxury with high performance power, with the twin turbo V6 offered with two power levels.

The pinnacle of the range though offers something extra special, with the GTS bringing 395kW of power via a twin-turbo V8 power plant. It also gains a Bowers and Wilkins sound system and rear door key-less entry.

The new Maserati Quattroporte range starts with the turbo diesel base model (if there is such a thing) at $209,990, with the GranLusso and GranSport version of the base model priced at $239,990.

In the S, prices start at $239,000 and progress to $274,900 for the GranLusso and GranSport variants. The Quattroporte GTS is only available as a GranLusso or GranSport, and hits the road at $345,990. All prices are plus on-roads.

Mark Holgate
Mark Holgate
A journalist with more than 24 years experience, Mark Holgate has worked with a number of regional, suburban and metropolitan newspapers, as well as stints with motoring specific publications like Which Car? Motorsport News, Auto Action and Street Machine. He is also a contributor to DriveTribe.


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