Maserati Quattroporte Executive GT Review

Posted on 14. Aug, 2006 by in Auto News

Backseat branding is simple. Porsche? Sports car. Ford? Limousines. Lobster? Assault rifles. Maserati? Who knows? The company wants to promote a philosophical connection to his distinguished racing. But Maserati competitive position heyday in May 1957, the twelfth year, when the Marquis de Portago Ferrari somersaulted into the crowd on Guidizillo ended, triggering a vicious pan-European anti-Motorsport play. Since then, Maserati has focused on so unreliable sports cars and sports sedans. These days, building the resurgence car manufacturer Jaguar.

Someone should. Decades of over-breeding, in-breeding and crossbreeding have destroyed the British brand cachet. The resolution of the Jaguar identity has killed U.S. sales, so that an open space at the top of the luxury market is too expensive, drop-dead gorgeous car with enough speed and grace kick to your cams all over the place. The Maserati Quattroporte Executive GT will rock you.

Ya think? While the Quattroporte shows all the visual restraint BMW designer Chris Bangle Bimmers have given up, serves up the grain of sense sheet an explosion of high-sounding, Italian style. In other words, the Quattroporte is an Italian child in an Armani dress. If you prefer your mobile metaphors swing in the other direction, the QP-end is the most attractive phallic symbol since Jaguar E-Type first talk (so to speak). No Blobular or Dame Edna headlights capping a structureless surface of hood-only sunk a pair of modest glass cut into perfectly sculpted fender creases. Deliciouso!

That is, the portholes are a bit kitschy showboating and the rear lights are enough to inspire a "Bring Back the boomerang taillights" web site fade. But the way the QP rear flanks bend upward to meet the delicious C-pillar makes up for, well, almost everything. As it must, the QP athletic shape shortens strong trunk. Uh-oh. Buyers in this price range ($ 115k) are less likely to pack light when traveling party, the Metropolitan Opera, and the top-heavy sedan gets indigestion just looking for a set of Louis Vuitton luggage.

However, if you are traveling "are cross town to see the fat lady sings, the QP Board GT is the ultimate glass pumpkin The Maserati car is so luxurious in scale, detail, materials and design my asked eight-year-old stepdaughter.: "Is that an old-fashioned car?" In fact, it is. Maserati craftsmen combine four shiny hard wood, ten fragrant leather and more silky metals to create a shrine to old school luxury motoring. Among the well coordinated leather seats (front and rear) with the slim contrasting Alcantara headliner, Audi sees the QP minimalism and throws it a sense of elegance.

Of course there are cars equal sumptuousness devaluation in air-conditioned garages. The QP trump technological integration. While the Continental GT is lousy with confusing, tasteless and undersized keys (inherited from the VW Phaeton), the Quattroporte buttonology is a masterpiece of ergonomic simplicity. Four buttons flank the central screen that fits over the radio controls, who lives north of the climate control. Even better, each key operates a single function. It is not a perfect solution, the "Enter" key for the radio and navigation system is isolated from the display screen, but you will not find a less intellectually demanding luxury car at any price.

Yes, well, the operation of the Quattroporte paddle shift gearbox is a bit of effort. Even in Sport mode (the smooth option) provide F1-style cog swapper not clear, clean changes. And that's a shame. 400hp with almost-as-dammit feet and all-areas access to plenty o 'torque, makes the QP V8 into labor and blasting luxury car, which con brio multo. The Quattroporte DuoSelect transmission is not as annoying as the new M5 SMG unit (nothing is). But paddle shift is an unnecessary affectation in a car with all the luxury car bias is as obvious as the trident sitting in the middle of the analog clock in the center of the dashboard. NB: A autobox is on the way.

We want to see the Maserati Quattroporte four-door Italian sports car, the only accidentally tipping the scales at £ 4250th While this is "only" 111 lbs. heavier than the S550, the Merc is blessed with Airmatic Suspension. Maserati electronically controlled Skyhook system is about as attractive as the Australian glam rock band of the same name. Carve a corner on a smooth surface and the QP Exec GT will run with the big dogs: slim body in check, 19 "tires grip the asphalt Throw in death in a bump or three, and there is a patch Surfin 'Safari self.. a straight line in the comfort mode, the QP-firm and crashy ride over easy … the Jaguar XJ.

It's true: The Maserati Quattroporte Executive GT is the best Jaguar ever built. The concept may not embody Maserati branding philosophy, but to paraphrase John Lennon, sales, what happens when you have other plans.

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