The 2014 Maserati Quattroporte was first introduced to UK crowds back at the Geneva Motor Show 2014. It received its worldwide unveil at the Detroit Autoshow though back in January 2013. Thanks to Maserati Benelux, we got the opportunity to see if this car is really that that much better than the previous generation.
At a time when luxury brands are attempting to grow their appeal by diversifying into the sedan segment, Masearti already have a headstart. The Quattroporte’s heritage extends back 60 years already. The first generation car hit the market back in 1963. Since then, a steady stream of Quattroporte models have left the factory making the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte a sixth generation model.
The latest generation includes the most comprehensive model range yet. For the first time Maserati have offered a four wheel drive version, together with a choice of two engines. The example on test today is the range-topping 2014 Maserati Quattroporte GTS.
Besides creating more luxury and fuel efficiency, it was of course important for Maserati to create more power from the brand new V8 engine. The kerb weight of our test car, the twin turbo V8 version, is 1,900 kg which is almost 100 kg less than the previous model. Most of the weight loss comes from reducing the engine capacity by almost one liter from a 4.7 liter V8 to the all new 3.8 liter twin turbo V8 unit.
This new engine, which produces 530 hp, allows the new Maserati Quattroporte GTS to present some incredible figures. The Quattroporte sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds which makes it the fastest accelerating four-door car in Maserati’s history.
The flagships’ top speed is set at 307 km/h. An impressive fact is that this is the company’s fastest production car ever made, after the mighty V12 powered MC12. Next to this amazing fact we can also tell you that the Quattroporte GTS reaches 200 km/h in just 14.7 seconds and crosses the 1 km barrier in just 22.7 seconds. To come back to zero from a speed of 100 km/h takes only 34 meters.
Published: Monday, April 14, 2014