Maserati Quattroporte Automatica Review

Posted on 14. Feb, 2007 by in Auto News

Since its introduction in 2004, the fifth generation Maserati Quattroporte has prepared a limousine on the brink of greatness. His fatal flaw: a clunky automated manual ill-suited model luxury mission. Unlike some propeller-badged German, which we might call, heeded Maserati Italian parent company, the whistles in his high-tech gear headed. FIAT moved to a ZF six-speed fully automatic transmission to cure the problem, subito. So we are already there?

Some guests of the area consider the QP the last word in Euro-slink. I just can not get past this Buick-like portholes. That is, Maserati adds vaguely sinister corporate logo is a welcome touch of glamor to an otherwise pedestrian street outside, and careful adjustment can drastically improve the car visual appeal.

In my eyes, combines the ideal recipe of Executive GT 19 "wheels, red brake calipers and chrome mesh portholes with front grill of the Sport GT (flat black mesh). It's the best blend of speed and grace, as the supercharged Jaguar XJR first wailed its way onto the American automotive scene.

I feel stupid to admit how much I enjoyed opening the doors QP. There are two buttons, the work electronically, the other mechanically. Both operational and fully synchronized sound not unlike an open hi-tech vault door clicked.

When I confessed this portal joy my wife, she dismissed realize the duality as nothing more than Maserati engineers the limits of their dubious mechanical heritage. Nevertheless helps this small but lovable character give the big Maser a sense of occasion.

Once inside, the interior is more expensive than expected, the rear seats are fixed in some dimensions, but legroom is not one of them. The center armrest shows another unexpected pleasure: A button that slides the passenger seat to the front.

The quality of the cabin materials QP is above reproach. The shiny wood, fragrant leather, plush carpeting and elegant liners are better than any German car call it unless you can quote Bentley, and even the grandeur quotient is found virtually identical. As long as you in your QP with a dark palette, the bright interior approximate a modern brothel you could not ask for a luxurious Carcoon.

That is, as long as you do not mind packing light. The QP strain is barely big enough for a weekend supply of the wife / girlfriend / lover 'Manolo Blahniks match, let alone a complete wardrobe.

While the lessons are QP, HVAC and switchgear usually understood, it appears that controls and toys are a generation or so behind the competition. Drivers are Bluetoothless I-Pod deprived poor, satellite radio and keyless ignition robbed. At least there's no iDrive, COMAND and MMI to make your life unnecessarily complicated.

Although the QP is almost 200 inches long, it drives like a car half its size. Its 4.2-liter V8 is 400 hp and 339 pounds ft. torque to 4400 pounds of imported metal with considerable success. The naturally aspirated any luxury sedan can sprint from zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds is commendable, although the nine mpg caused I is not.

While the QP fortifies the acceleration is the aural stimulation hallucinogen positively from the engine compartment. Even when driving the QP like a stoner, says the F-1 Soundtrack Warp 3 The headers are strong stuff indeed, the engine sound alone is worth the price of admission.

Once you have punched your ticket, there is no more dynamic regrets. The new automatic transmission completely transformed the Maserati Quattroporte. It is no longer Addams family effect (ie amphibian is gone). You can now use QP deep sonorous engine like a symphony conductor, the transition between sotto voce and multo forte with seamless satisfaction. The QP blows and blows with the same equanimity.

Yes, well, it was our Executive GT tester handling a mixed bag. The limousine turned excited and felt so balanced as it implies 49-51 weight distribution. But the spring rates were too soft. The steering provided excellent chassis feedback and cornering attitude Kansas was flat. But it was too much bobble and swim in order to inspire confidence. There are certainly enough compliance in the suspension argue for larger wheels of the Sport GT.

Even so, the QP is now a strong case against the Mercedes S550, BMW 750 or Audi A8. One problem: the Maserati $ 140k-ish price pits against the equally spirited Audi S8, BMW Alpina B7, and Mercedes S600. Under this diluted the company QP seems inadequate, the gizmo is low, the reliability of a little worried and the Buick portholes doubtful.

To make matters worse, the QP epic depreciation leasing an unattractive option, although residuals Maserati valiant effort to support. But if you can afford such "worldly" matters (aside or simply add to your Maserati stable and call it set buono) The QP is an ideal choice for luxury limousine driver having a charismatic and enigmatic-election.