2008 Maserati Quattroporte Review

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2008 Maserati Quattroporte Review Executive GT Review

Models tested:

  • 2008 Maserati Quattroporte Executive GT 6-speed sequential automatic - $298,000

Great noise, power and comfort
German saloon drivers will hate you

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Luxury saloons are more common than you’d think. Take a short drive and make a mental note of how many S-Class’s and 7-Series’ you come across. We’re up to our necks in them. The wealthy seem to have no imagination any more. The appallingly rich don’t seem to get it at all; they may be comfortable in the neutral boardroom-inspired cabins of their large and expensive, yet still incredibly good German saloons but how many times do they draw level with an almost identical German saloon at the lights.

What would you buy? Well, you could go down the well-trodden path to the Mercedes or BMW dealerships or if you wanted to be a bit different you might consider a Lexus or a Jaguar. Make no mistake, you’ll end up with an incredible car for your 80 to 100 grand but so will a lot of other nouveau riche.

You might decide that you’d be just as happy spending your money on something less obvious; a car with immediately recognisable branding but none of the hang-ups, one that stands out but isn’t audacious, one that communicates your affluence but says more about your sense of good taste.

The tested car was the brand new 2008 Executive GT Automatic; the flagship variant of the luxury four-door five-seater Quattroporte. Styled by noted Italian automotive designer Pininfarina, this car takes design cues from the ‘70s. There’s a retrospective and nostalgic look to the rear quarter of the Quattroporte; the ‘C’ pillars and boot area are reminiscent of some of the sports saloons of thirty years ago.

Engine noise is a different story, it just fantastic. The big Ferrari-sourced V8 produces a deliciously thunderous growl when you goad it. It’s worth just sitting and gunning it, listening to the big twin exhausts barking in symphony with the roar of the tuned motor. On the drop-off there’s a lovely series of muffled cracks. Working hard through the gears is inspiring – it makes all the right noises.

The performance figures read like those of an expensive coupe; the 4.2-litre V8 multi-valve engine will propel almost two tonnes of Italian luxury from rest to 100km/h in 5.6 seconds, beating several of its direct rivals. Keep you right foot down and the Quattroporte will reach a maximum speed of 269km/h.

There is a huge amount of lateral grip; you can throw it into almost any corner at speed and be fairly confident that it will deal with it. There’s very little body-roll and the Quattroporte belied its size and seemed to be ‘on its toes’ and quick to react; this is mostly thanks to a remarkably good multi-link ‘Skyhook’ adaptive suspension set-up and highly developed geometry.

This is a luxury car from a famous super-car car manufacturer; a beautifully finished, comfortable and beautiful luxury saloon. It will deliver you to your destination deftly and quietly but if you choose to you can make the Quattroporte bark and roar and it will cover a lot of ground with all the drama and excitement of a supercar.

Engine: 4.2-litre V8
: 294kW
Torque: 451Nm
Top speed: 269km/h
0-100km/h: 5.6
NCAP rating: N/A
Turning circle: 12.3
Fuel tank: 90-litres
Fuel consumption : 14.7
Fuel type: Unleaded