The 2015 Maserati Quattroporte offers a selection of strong twin-turbo engines, a bold look, and an available all-weather-capable all-wheel-drive system.
Crisp creases and angular accents dominate the exterior design of the Quattroporte. A character line traces along the side and over the flanks, into a simple, understated rear end. An ovoid grille with a large trident emblem sets the tone at the nose, sweeping up to the curved hood and into the fenders. Inside, is more subdued, but no less well-executed. Fine leathers and satin woods meet with metal accents in a clean, two-tone finish.
Under the hood, the 2015 Quattroporte offers a pair of engines, both of them fitted with twin turbochargers. The base engine, which comes on the Quattroporte S Q4, is a 3.0-liter V-6, its turbos helping to generate 410 horsepower and launch it to 60 mph in about five seconds. Top speed with the V-6 is 177 mph. A 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 is also available, the province of the GTS model, rated at 530 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, or up to 530 pound-feet during the momentary “overboost” function. The result is 0–60 mph acceleration runs of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph.
A ZF eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on both models. The V-8 GTS features rear-wheel drive, while the S has Maserati’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system. The system is rear-biased, sending 100 percent of torque to the rear axle under normal conditions, and up to 50 percent to the front wheels when it detects slip. It adds little weight while making the car a bit more manageable in anything outside of ideal, dry-road conditions.