Maserati’s lux­ury sedan gets tech boost

Qu­at­tro­porte gains some mod­ern tweaks to bring it up to date

The Star Early Edition - - NEW MODELS - MOTORING STAFF

MASERATI hasn’t tin­kered too much with stylis­tic or me­chan­i­cal as­pects in its facelifted Qu­at­tro­porte flag­ship sedan, but rather re­aligned the range with two new trim pack­ages and added some much-needed tech.

The Ital­ian brand’s big­gest sedan, which was launched in South Africa last week, gets some al­most un­no­tice­able visual up­dates and its four ex­ist­ing en­gines will carry on as be­fore. The big news is the ad­di­tion of a 21.3cm colour touch­screen in a re­designed dash­board cen­tre sec­tion. This hi-res dis­play houses mul­ti­me­dia, nav­i­ga­tion and some ve­hi­cle set­tings, and is now com­pat­i­ble with Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto smart­phone mir­ror­ing. There’s also a new ro­tary con­troller in the cen­tre con­sole for sim­pli­fied menu nav­i­ga­tion and vol­ume ad­just­ments.

Maserati has brought the Qu­at­tro­porte up to date with driver as­sis­tance sys­tems, and though it’s only avail­able as an op­tional ex­tra, a new safety pack­age in­cludes radar cruise con­trol with stop and go func­tions, lane de­par­ture warn­ings, for­ward col­li­sion de­tec­tion and auto brak­ing. Also in­cluded is a sur­round view cam­era sys­tem which is ac­ti­vated by en­gag­ing re­verse gear, or via a soft but­ton in the touch­screen. Air qual­ity sen­sors, which can de­tect and pre­vent ex­ter­nal pol­lu­tion from en­ter­ing the cabin, are now in­cluded in all ver­sions as stan­dard equip­ment.

All V6 vari­ants start with base trim lev­els, but can be up­graded to a choice of GranLusso or GranS­port de­sign packs. The top V8-pow­ered Qu­at­tro­porte GTC comes as stan­dard with ei­ther trim pack­age, but you’ll need to choose which you pre­fer.

GranLusso is the classier, more el­e­gant of the two with an in­te­rior de­signed and ap­pointed by Ital­ian men’s fash­ion house Ermenegildo Zegna. Here you’ll find open pore Rad­ica wood in­lays and Mul­berry silk used in the door pan­els, seats and head­liner. GranLusso in­te­ri­ors can be specced in a choice of black, red or tan colours.

GranS­port, as its name gives away, is the racier op­tion with gloss pi­ano black wood in­serts, alu­minium shift pad­dles, stain­less steel ped­als, a sportier steer­ing wheel and deeper bucket seats.

Noth­ing has changed on the petrol en­gine front, and as be­fore there’s a choice of two turbo V6s and a turbo V8 - all de­signed with in­put from Fer­rari. The petrol range starts with a 264kW/500Nm 3-litre twin-turbo V6 which is good to go from 0-100km/h in a claimed 5.5 sec­onds. A more pow­er­ful S ver­sion with 302kW/550Nm low­ers ac­cel­er­a­tion times to 5.1 sec­onds, while the range-top­ping GTS’s 390kW/650Nm twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 does the same test in 4.7 sec­onds and on to a top speed of 310km/h ac­cord­ing to Maserati. The 3-litre tur­bod­iesel V6 model with 202kW and 600Nm ac­cel­er­ates from 0-100km/h in 6.4 sec­onds.

Prices range from R2 223 360 to R3 025 936.

Min­i­mal styling changes but un­der that de­signer Ital­ian sheet­metal is a new touch­screen.

Radar cruise con­trol and auto brak­ing also be­come avail­able.

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