The 2020 Maserati Quattroporte is dated, heavy, backward in infotainment technology and expensive.
But, boy, is it irresistible.
There’s article about Italian affluence brands that make our legs weak, and the Quattroporte is a case in point admitting the actuality that it’s an crumbling auto in a SUV world. Like its Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Lamborghini countrymen, Maserati comes with boatloads of sex appeal. It’s got antagonism history. Runway style. Cast cache. It’s the Italian affliction you consistently dreamed of in biking brochures.
The autogenous of the 2020 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 shares animate tech with Jeep products. The UConnect arrangement is able — but lags affluence competitors in glamour.
With its Levante model, the Italian cast has accurately followed bazaar appeal for an SUV. The Levante checks all the signature boxes — trident logo, animated roofline, big grille — but it’s advised to actor the sedans that accept agitated the ancestors acme for decades. Those are the cartage we absolutely covet.
The six-figure, sixth-generation, flagship Quattroporte (Italian for “four doors”) is the best adorable of all. My acquaintance Rob has coveted a Quattroporte for 20 years. Aback I assuredly denticulate a tester, I anon brought it over to him to see if absoluteness lived up to the dream.
Right on cue, his knees buckled.
Like Monica Bellucci, the Quattroporte has presence. In an era of in-your-face grilles, the continued awning is a ski slope, catastrophe in a sports car-low adenoids that sniffs the ground. The huge trident grille with its uprights confined — as if imprisoning the berserk barbarian aural — is clearly Maserati.
The 2020 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 uses cameras for abetment up.
The swept headlights alpha a admirable accept band over big 20-inch auto that doesn’t end until the ample hips. Every band is purposeful, efficient, European. There are hints that this is a dated, 2013 anatomy — the headlight units, for example, are not as angular as accepted LED designs.
But overall, the appearance is timeless. Its adventurous fascia is a acceptable abandonment from the intimidating, cocked grilles begin on the mug of, say, the BMW 7-series.
Gal pal Missy, an 89-year-old car nut, additionally angry to clabber aback I brought the Maserati by. She could accept apprenticed about in the Italian baby all day. The big rear lounge chairs reclined — and she additionally had command over the advanced commuter bench aback added leg allowance was needed.
But I didn’t feel the tug of adolescent ancestors as I accept with, say, the Tesla Archetypal S or the Audi A8. The Maserati has an Old Apple feel to it.
Big 20-inch auto are accessible on the 2020 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4.
Part of that, surely, is that Maserati doesn’t chase like added affluence brands — Audi, BMW, Mercedes. Antagonism wins was already a Maserati authentication — and maybe that will acknowledgment now that the 630-horse MC20 supercar is advancing for 2021. But added than that is the berth technology area Quattroporte lags. As Tesla and Audi wow with their splashy Google Map and touchscreen displays, the Maserati is a bearing behind.
The apparatus affectation is analog compared to the competition’s lush, agenda landscapes. The centermost animate awning is taken appropriate out of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s accumulated genitalia bin — aggregate with a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Don’t get me wrong, the Jeep’s UConnect arrangement is one of the finest in the business, but it lacks the action you would apprehend in a six-figure Italian stallion.
I anticipation of the new Corvette and how its mid-engine blueprint and sci-fi agenda chart accept angry millennial heads. Does today’s adolescence aspire to a Maserati aback they bang it rich?
The autogenous is contrarily swathed in luxury. Exquisitely stitched seats, acreage of wood, and those adjustable rear seats that had Missy purring.
The 2020 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 has a arresting attendance afterwards sundown.
But what absolutely woke me up was the drivetrain. Push the amateur button and my murmurings about abstruse deficiencies were aback drowned out by my animated affection rate. Italians are masters of administration and agent tech. The twin-turbo V6 beneath the awning in advanced of me was developed by Ferrari.
It growled at abandoned like a fatigued tiger. Sport driving approach is temptingly placed abutting to the simple monostable shifter. Shift paddles the admeasurement of boner knives stick out from the council column.
I toggle to chiral shifting. We’re off.
Brap! Brap! Brap! go the upshifts as I lashed the 3.0-liter, two-turbo agent V-6 with an accomplished 8-speed transmission. The Quattraporte is a big, all-wheel-drive affluence auto — but it’s 150 pounds lighter than the equivalent, V6-powered BMW 7-series. Four hundred pounds lighter than the Mercedes S-class.
Not an SUV. The 2020 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 doesn’t accept a hatchback, but it still has affluence of baggage allowance in the boot.
As I belted through the twisties of M-66 up north, the Maserati absolutely came into its own. Area the Germans are ocean liners, the Italian wants to choke terra firma.
The car’s tight, abounding council seals the deal, and Quattroporte and I danced from acme to apex. It’s a activity not clashing addition Italian, the Alfa Romeo Giulia, which lags its German aeon in autogenous electronics but puts a smile on your face aback you appetite to play.
Italians accomplish driver’s cars, and that’s how the Quattroporte stands out in the big yacht market. My accepted V6’s 424 horsepower is a acceptable 60-100 ponies aloft its German peers. If that’s not enough, again an earth-pawing, 525-horse V-8 is accessible in the high trim Gran Lusso.
I begin 424 was plenty.
Quad pipes from the 425-horse V-6 marks the rear end of the 2020 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4.
Luffing alternating I-75 arctic of West Branch, I came aloft a auto aberrant aback and alternating beyond the arctic two lanes. The asperity accustomed the Maserati to appearance off two of its latest assets.
The aboriginal was automated braking. As the barter blocked the left-hand lanes, I confused to the appropriate lane to pass. The barter veered appropriate beyond my bow. Before I could react, the car did — its automated braking arrangement (using the aforementioned technology that enabled adaptive cruise ascendancy on my continued ride north) aflame a red active in my apparatus animate and braking automatically. Eccellente!
The additional was raw power. Reacting bound to the pickup’s blocking maneuver, I juked larboard and alone the hammer.
The rear seats of the 2020 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 are a nice abode to be with altitude and bench controls. They can recline, and the advanced commuter bench can be controlled by the being sitting abaft it.
The Quattroporte’s accompanying turbos rocketed the big auto accomplished the abnormality pickup. The annoyance was a dot in my rear appearance mirror in seconds.
Of course such amenities are additionally accessible on full-sized sedans like, say, a Dodge Charger Scat Pack (485-horse V-8) or Kia Stinger (365 ponies) for bisected the amount of the Maserati.
But they don’t accept a trident at the end of a continued adenoids that has bugged buyers for decades. Cast matters. But so does tech. Maserati will allegation to hustle to accumulate up with a new bearing of affluence that adorn academy kids’ abode walls.
Italian stallion. The 2020 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 is a big sedan, but Detroit News auto analyst Henry Payne had a bang wringing its close through the twisties of arctic Michigan.
Vehicle type: Rear- and all-wheel-drive, five-passenger, big sedan
Price: $112,985, including $1,995 destination allegation ($126,805 S Q4 as tested)
Powerplant: 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V-6
Power: 424 horsepower, 428 pound-feet of torque
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Performance: 0-60 mph, 4.6 abnormal (Car and Driver); top speed, 179 mph
Weight: 4,232 pounds
Fuel economy: EPA — 16 mpg city/23 highway/18 combined
Highs: Maserati moxie; agreeable drivetrain
Lows: Anachronous animate tech; big amount tag
Overall: 3 stars
Henry Payne is auto analyzer for The Detroit News. Find him at [email protected] or Twitter @HenryEPayne.
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