What is it?
The 2017 Maserati Quattroporte has been given the very definition of a mild facelift. Mechanically, there’s nothing much new to see here. Visually, and inside, there is - a bit.
First, then, to the outside of this…this what? This sporty luxury saloon that’ll cost you from £70,000 to £115,000, depending on the engine. Consider the Quattroporte’s rivals, then, to be anything from a BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class to a Porsche Panamera, Jaguar XJ, and maybe even an Aston Martin Rapide, if you spec the top, V8-powered, Quattroporte GTS model. That’s what our test car, the car you see pictured here, is.
Outside, it has a new front end that's reminiscent of the new Levante SUV’s, and it gets the same feature behind the grille – an electrically controlled ‘air shutter’, a neat idea which keeps the engine at a more constant temperature. It’s open at lower speeds and/or higher temperatures to make sure the engine’s sufficiently cooled, and closes if it’s colder or you’re going faster. It speeds up the warm-up process and has allowed Maserati to save a few quid by using the same radiator set up on any model in the Quattoporte range – which in the UK has a 271bhp 3.0 diesel as the entry-level motor, includes a 404bhp 3.0 V6 petrol and is topped with this 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged V8.