Maserati Quattroporte Diesel and Mustang Coupe
Maserati has smuggled a sensible diesel engine into a chassis that looks anything but responsible. Much more than a sheep in wolf’s clothing, though, the Quattroporte is a contender for the Mercedes S Class’s executive crown
The executive market is worth a pretty penny, with travelling businessmen demanding the best of all worlds: comfort, a serious amount of miles to the gallon and a look that yells, “Get outta the road, I’m very important!” The current king is the Mercedes S Class, but it’s facing stiff competition from the new Maserati Quattroporte diesel, a distance tourer with a classic Maserati supercar look – that oval-shaped grille is iconic – and an engine that’s sensible without ever being dull.
It’s a big, hulking devil of a car, but its curved look and lively driving feel belie that size. It’s biddable in town and at slow speeds, while still retaining pointability at a more bracing pace. Let it stretch its legs on the motorway and ride quality is plush, while fiddling with the sport dampers stiffens this to a more jarring, but still supple, carriage.
The 3.0-litre, V6, turbocharged diesel engine is frugal and, paired with the 70-litre fuel tank, delivers a fantastic range of almost 1,100km. To achieve that Maserati has intentionally kept the maximum power down to a modest 201kW. Considering the Quattroporte weighs a chunky 1,800kg, you’d be forgiven for expecting a sluggish ride. However, that’s far from the truth. Torque is
it may be a diesel, but this maserati still has muscle
immense and immediate, delivering an exciting drive – it hits 100km/h in 6.8 seconds.
Want to give the impression of more going on beneath the bonnet? Sound actuators fitted near the exhaust’s tailpipes provide the bark of a similar-sized V6 petrol engine. Press the Sport button on the gearstick at the lights to unleash a deeply masculine roar.
Of course, luxury hasn’t been overlooked. There’s a Chrysler-esque 8.4-inch touchscreen satnav and audio is capably dispatched by a 15-strong fleet of Bowers & Wilkins speakers, with a USB input on the head unit plugging your playlists straight in. An optional Wi-Fi WLAN hotspot can connect up to three devices at once if streaming’s your thing – we advise enforcing a “driver selects the tracks” rule.
A camera near the handle of the massive boot also records while you reverse into parking spots, providing full-colour footage to help with insurance claims. Parking sensors should keep you from most prangs, though. At $199k, the Quattroporte doesn’t just compete with rivals on price. Instead it aims to do better, and for the most part succeeds. From $198,800, maserati.com.au