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If you have to have a saloon, you might as well have a saloon with a Ferrari heart.
Very literal naming system from Maserati here – Quattroporte simply means ‘four-door’. So take it as read, this is the Italian manufacturer’s performance saloon. And very good it is too. It looks delicious, sounds operatic and drives superbly.
This isn't an S-class. But for the performance on offer, this is a good balance. Ride is firm, but not uncomfortable
A Ferrari-derived 4.7-litre V8 with 470bhp makes the Quattroporte quite capable of dealing with all but the most determined of challengers.
Luca de Montezemolo, de facto boss of everything interesting and Italian and widely regarded as one of the coolest men in the world, is chauffeur-driven in a Quattroporte. If it's good enough for him...
We can't vouch for its long-term reliability, because nobody would give us one for a very long-term. But the Italians aren't known for churning out reliable and solidly-built stuff
One of the best and most natural-handling cars of this size, the Quattroporte was always designed to manage dynamic flair as well as practical space. Attack a twisty road and the QP disguises its bulk quickly and efficiently.
It's a proper four-seater with proper room for proper people with proper legs and proper heads. In fact, you can squeeze in a fifth if he isn't too big. Plus the boot can take luggage that's not made by boutique manufacturers
All that performance doesn't come cheap. But, you didn't know that...?