Maserati Quattroporte 2018 Review

Versus the competition
The Quattroporte is in need of a redesign, as similar high-priced competitors now offer more performance or luxury.
Maserati. Quattroporte. The words roll off the tongue in that unique way that Italian words do, where you almost sing them instead of speaking them. There's something about the Italian language and cars that inspires a feeling of exoticness, and the Quattroporte does its best to play into that, from its expressive exterior styling to the brash, red leather interior that I found waiting for me inside.
What's New for 2018
This generation of the Quattroporte has been around since 2013. Thankfully, it does see a few important changes for 2018 that help to modernize the sedan, especially in the area of safety. Compare the 2018 Quattroporte with the 2017 model here. Those changes drive up the price slightly to $107,400 with destination (an increase of $2,200).
Go Big or Go Home
In addition to the Quattroporte S (rear-wheel drive) and Quattroporte S Q4 (all-wheel drive), there is also a GTS version of the Quattroporte. That gets a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 that makes 523 hp and 523 pounds-feet of torque, and has rear-wheel drive only. Both the S and GTS come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Quattroporte Isn't Weak, but Competitors Are Strong
There's nothing wrong with the Quattroporte, a competent vehicle with Italian flair that extends beyond its name. The brand still carries cachet and the front grille especially has aged well (I can't say the same for those fender portholes, however). But it's playing in a tough division with its six-figure price tag, and my $120,000-plus test vehicle runs up against formidable performance sedans like the BMW M5, Audi RS 7 and Porsche Panamera 4S. Compare the Quattroporte with those vehicles here.

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