Maserati Quattroporte driven in France

Moreover, going by the last decade, Maseratis have been like wines and pickles – they get better with time. The first Quattroporte, of 2003, was a bit nervous as a 4.2-litre 400bhp V8. And it was only the last iteration, called the GTS with the 4.7-litre 440bhp V8 that fully exploited the Quattroporte’s capability. Even the GranTurismo started life as an unsure 405bhp 4.2-litre V8. But the current 460bhp GranTurismo Sport is the most perfect 2+2 grand tourer around.

Think of it like the domestic cat and the domestic dog. The older one was like the cat. It liked your company but also liked to hunt its own food, live its own life and have its own moods. The new one is more like a dog. It’s loyal, obedient, protective, ready to do your bidding and ever willing for some fun and games. There’s no denying that a few years later, Maserati will be out with a cat version of the Quattroporte.

As I said, the motoring journalist in me loves the old Quattroporte, quirks and all. But then, remember what I said about motoring journalists. People who hate Corollas, while the world buys them in the millions. So would you rather put your money in a temperamental, quirky fast car or one that puts your needs and comforts above everything?

The new Quattroporte is definitely the end of an era. And the beginning of a new, more thorough one.

(Words: Sriram Narayanan)