The 2017 Maserati Quattroporte is always a surprise. Few spring for the luxe four-door grand tourer, but those who do should be considered public servants.
Its stop-traffic curves and Ferrari-sourced heart make the sedan a thrill to see and hear; its pedigree and price tempt only the bravest among us. Sure, there are more logical purchases, but do they sound and look like this? Not hardly.
The Quattroporte received a very mild update for 2017 including small touches on the front and rear bumpers, an upgraded infotainment system, and active safety features. Spotting the changes require a word search-level attention to detail from the outside.
Thankfully, Maserati has left alone the Quattroporte’s best features. That would be its sharp ovoid grille with prominent trident planted among vertical vanes, curvaceous lines, and rear-drive haunches that sweep over available 21-inch wheels. The Quattroporte’s beautiful lines and handsome proportions still attract crowds, even four years after the sedan was released.
Inside, Maserati has improved one of our biggest gripes from last year, namely the integration of the infotainment system. A new dash and center stack hold an 8.4-inch unit that’s much better than the outgoing model. A cleaner two-tone approach mixes leather with wood and finishes both with brushed metal.
This year, Maserati has separated the Quattroporte S into two different realms: GranSport and GranLusso. Both rely on a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 for power that delivers 410 horsepower, which is built by Ferrari, and sprints up to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds. All-wheel drive is available on all Quattroporte S models, which Maserati calls Q4, and trims the 0-to-62-mph time to 4.9 seconds.
At the top of the class, the Quattroporte GTS gets a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 that makes 530 hp and drives the rear wheels only. It’s potent enough for a 4.7-second run up to 62 mph, and is a pleasure to hear just as much as it is to drive.
All models ask a 8-speed automatic to handle the shifting duties, some equipped with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters if you’re looking to better control the drive.
Maserati fits as standard its adjustable dampers that can relax, or stiffen, the Quattroporte’s ride based on the driver’s preference. The sedan’s 50/50 weight distribution and aluminum components help keep it nimble, despite being the brand’s biggest sedan.
Inside, Maserati improved the dash and materials, and incorporated an 8.4-inch touchscreen, which is identical to versions found on other Fiat Chrysler vehicles. Creature comforts such as air quality sensors, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, and an electronic parking brake help underscore the Quattroporte’s luxury mission. Additional features such as customized hides, Zegna interior touches, rear-seat entertainment packages, and premium audio are optional.
Predictably, turbocharged V-6 and V-8 engines aren’t particularly frugal. The EPA rates the Quattroporte S at 16 mpg city, 23 highway, 18 combined. The Quattroporte GTS manages only 15/22/17 mpg.