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Maserati Quattroporte S
Driven April 2011
Before Porsche, Aston Martin, or nearly anybody else even thought of it, Maserati has been churning out supercars for the family since 1963. Well, they haven’t been go-karts with four doors and a boot, but they have had all the drama, all the theatrics, and the effervescence of a supercar. Just like this, the new Quattroporte S.
We drove one to celebrate Maserati’s entry to India and what do you get for your crore and a half? A rousing rumble every time you start the 4.7-litre V8. Of course, 200+kph is what the car enjoys. But the great thing is you can enjoy the car even at 60kph. Even at those speeds, the steering is firm and communicative, and the engine sounds goose-bump-inducing special. What makes the car truly special, though, is not the engine, not the performance, not even the name, but just the sheer practicality. It’s got proper rear seats with space for proper people, with proper head and legroom. And you don’t have to contort your muscles and bones to get in or out. Plus you get a spacious boot to carry normal luggage in.
Ride is a bit firm, but not uncomfortable and it handles as if it was born just for that. Sure, Mercedes, BMW and Audi, make equally rapid saloons. But none of them go about their business with so much character, so much of noise, so much of… of humanity. While the Germans provide quick, clinical and luxurious transportation, the Quattroporte S ensures every journey is an event.