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Saloons are equally popular with sports driving enthusiasts. The only privilege of the luxury sedan over its sports competitors is more sophisticated interior and richer equipment. The 2016 Quattroporte is a visual proof of the statement. For the new model year, Maserati, a legendary Italian manufacturer, has added some cutting-edge facilities to pamper refined tastes of the customers. What are those boons? Maserati Quattroporte review knows the answer.
The 2016 Maserati Quattroporte belongs to the 6th production generation. As distinct from the predecessor, this saloon is a bit larger. It features 207x83x53 inch dimensions (l/w/h) and 125 inch wheelbase. Thanks to the implementation of steel-and-aluminum chassis with 50/50 weight distribution, the car became lighter (4610 lbs).
The font-end is peculiar by a redesigned grille with a conspicuous trident badge and new headlights. The latter merge with the side lines, cutting across big air vents. Lighting package is replenished by LED daytime lamps.
The tail received rectangular quad exhaust pipes, a spoiler and well-elaborated taillights. The body rests upon 19-/20-inch silver aluminum wheels which add sporty hints to the exterior. The boot gladdens by 19 c.f. of space for accommodating a typical set of travelling luggage.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Maserati Quattroporte interior is a work of art. It boasts only top-notch materials and only the best-in-class equipment. The layout is designed for 5 adult passengers who can enjoy utmost comfort on long rides. The door panels might be finished either with carbon fiber or wood, depending on the trim. The leather-wrapped seats provide a luxurious feel. The frontal seats offer a number of adjustments, i.e. seat height, electric back, lumbar support; there is a possibility to adjust the pedals too, in order to achieve the most suitable driving position.
The leather-coated dashboard houses a 8.4-inch touchscreen (Maserati Touch Control) that embraces a variety of control functions, including seats heating, interior climate, radio, driving modes, audio system, navigation system, etc.
As far as infotainment is concerned in Maserati Quattroporte review, the saloon comes with a premium sound system (Bowers & Wilkins). It features 15 speakers as well as a 1280-watt amplifier that ensures unprecedented acoustic purity. Optionally, it’s feasible to integrate Harman Kardon Premium Sound System, consisting of 10 speakers & 12-channel Class-D amplifier.
Power- & Drivetrain Bundle
For the 2016, the Italian manufacturer offers the model in three trims: S, S Q4 & GTS. The first modification is furnished with a 3.0-liter V6 engine that is able to produce 404 horsepower at 5500 RPM & 406 p-f of torque at 1750 RPM. The motor is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The ZF transmission provides for smooth gear shifts, due to the implementation of auto-adaptive software that recognizes individual driving styles. The driver can choose between 5 available modes: Manual Normal, Manual Sport, Auto Normal, Auto Sport, and ICE.
The S Q4 features the same specifications but offers all-wheel drive. The GTS comes with a 3.8-liter V8 engine, rated at 523 horsepower at 6500 RPM & 524 p-f of torque at 2250 RPM. The powertrain is mated with rear-wheel drive and 20-inch aluminum wheels.
The chassis employs advanced Brembo brakes as well as front independent double-wishbone suspension and multi-link rear suspension. The combination of all powertrain facilities results in impressive performance. The vehicle accelerates from 0 to 60 mph for just 4.9 seconds at the top speed of 283 km/h. Therewith, it consumes 0.154 l/km in the city & 0.078 l/km in the highway.
Facilities & Safety
The base Quattroporte S is initially shipped with a bunch of the latest facilities. The list of standard equipment includes: heated front seats, ABS, front air conditioning, automatic dual-zone climate control, LCD monitor, remote keyless entry, front foglights, heated mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, navigation system, SiriusXM satellite radio.
With regard to safety measures, the saloon can boast the availability of forward-thinking innovations such as antilock brakes, stability & traction control, front/side/overhead airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, anti-whiplash, and security lock. The latter is able to detect unwanted vehicle intrusion by means of an ignition disable device that prevents the engine from starting, if other than original key is used.
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