Tuesday, 8 September 2020

2021 Maserati Quattroporte Review


A full-size luxury car with a distinctly Italian accent, the 2021 Maserati Quattroporte stands out from the crowd for its bent toward performance. 

Against the backdrop of its otherwise staid segment—which includes the Audi A8BMW 7-series, and Mercedes-Benz S-class—the Quattroporte targets the nonconformist luxury sedan buyer and woos with its sonorous power-trains, gorgeous styling, and exclusivity. 

2021 Maserati Quattroporte

Buyers will chose from either a twin-turbocharged V-6 or a twin-turbo V-8 engine, the latter of which is available with 523 or 580 horsepower. 

The Maserati's cabin, while not as spacious as its key rivals, comes decked out in fine leathers, silks, metals, and woods, but its ambiance is interrupted by several switches and knobs that have been lifted from lesser Fiat-Chrysler products. 

2021 Maserati Quattroporte

Luckily, Maserati has blessed the Quattroporte with plenty of modern tech features, including a large infotainment system, premium audio options, and a smattering of driver-assistance features.

2021 Maserati Quattroporte

What's New for 2021?

Maserati has introduced a new range-topping Trofeo trim to the Quattroporte lineup for 2021. 

The Trofeo is powered by a 580-hp twin-turbo V-8 that twists the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. 

A limited-slip rear differential comes standard, as does a Corsa driving mode that unlocks the car's full potential. 

2021 Maserati Quattroporte

In addition to these upgrades, the Quattroporte Trofeo showcases its top-of-the-line designation with a unique grille, red-accented fender vents, 21-inch wheels, and carbon-fiber trim. 

The latest Quattroporte has a new infotainment system, too, with a 10.1-inch touchscreen replacing the old 8.4-inch unit. A wireless charging pad and a new gauge display with updated graphics round out the changes.

2021 Maserati Quattroporte

Pricing and Which One to Buy

  •  S: $101,000 (est.)
  •  S Q4: $106,000 (est.)
  •  GranLusso: $108,000 (est.)
  •  GranSport: $108,000 (est.)
  •  GTS: $128,000 (est.)
  •  Trofeo: $170,000 (est.)

    Upgrading to either the GranLusso or GranSport trim is a no-brainer. For the extra $7000 over the base model, Maserati will outfit the Quattroporte with a host of desirable features that are unique to each trim. 

    2021 Maserati Quattroporte

    The GranSport's more aggressive styling suits the Quattroporte well and includes red-painted brake calipers, 12-way power-adjustable sport seats, and 20-inch wheels. 

    Going with the GranLusso nets a slightly more upscale appearance, plus a silk and leather interior designed by Ermenegildo Zegna, heated and ventilated front seats, trim-specific 20-inch wheels, and glossy-black brake calipers. 

    Both models come standard with adaptive cruise control.

    Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo 2021 foto
    2021 Maserati Quattroporte

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    Two twin-turbo engines are available—a 424-hp 3.0-liter V-6, and a 3.8-liter V-8 that makes 523-hp in the GTS and 580-hp in the Trofeo. An eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive are standard.

    The Quattroporte S Q4 marries all-wheel drive with the V-6. Both engines sing lovely operatic tunes when hustled and neither one will have buyers wishing for more passing power. 

    I expect the newly-introduced Trofeo model will be even quicker.

    2021 Maserati Quattroporte

     The Quattroporte rewards enthusiast drivers with a firm suspension, agile handling, and well-weighted steering that's both direct and communicative. 

    The Q4 all-wheel-drive system, however, should only be on your radar if significant annual snowfall also is. 

    Its retrograde calibration makes for significant drag and binding as well as a decidedly non-luxury experience in nonhazardous conditions.

    2021 Maserati Quattroporte Review: Trims, Features, Price, Performance and  Competition
    2021 Maserati Quattroporte

    Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

    Neither of the Quattroporte's available power-trains are particularly fuel efficient, but the rear-wheel-drive model with the twin-turbo V-6 is the most economical choice. 

    Its EPA fuel-economy estimates are 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined. 

    Going with the S Q4 all-wheel-drive setup reduces each of those numbers by 1 mpg while the V-8-powered GTS model's estimates are 2 mpg lower across the board.

    2021 Maserati Quattroporte

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    Soft leather, Ermenegildo Zegna silk, real carbon fiber, genuine wood, and nicely finished metal accents look and feel fantastic, but in the 2021 Quattroporte's cabin, they're mingled with cheaper plastic bits and switch-gear lifted straight out of the Chrysler parts catalog (Maserati is owned by Fiat Chrysler). 

    2021 Maserati Quattroporte

    This Italian sedan is priced against the German mainstay luxury brands’ flagships, but the Quattroporte’s interior is more snug than what you'd find in those full-sizers; it's closer to mid-size offerings such as the Audi A6BMW M5, and Mercedes-Benz E-class

    2021 Maserati Quattroporte

    The Executive Rear Seats package includes reclining chairs in the back, but that configuration seems like a move intended only for spec-sheet parity with the Germans. With average-size adults front and rear, there’s insufficient room for reclining. 

    2021 Maserati Quattroporte

    But the package does include heating and ventilation for the rear seats as well as another set of climate controls and a fixed center console creating a DMZ for elbow contact. 

    The trunk, too, could be roomier, considering that those who can afford the Quattroporte's starting price aren't likely to pack light.

    2021 Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo Interior
    2021 Maserati Quattroporte

    Infotainment and Connectivity

    The Quattroporte's infotainment system is all-new for 2021 and is based on Google's Android Automotive platform. 

    The interface is projected to a 10.1-inch touchscreen and also features a voice-activated virtual assistant. 

    Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity features are standard and buyers can upgrade the stereo to either a 10-speaker Harman/Kardon setup or a 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins system.

    2021 Maserati Quattroporte

    Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

    Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have released crash-test data for the Quattroporte. 

    Maserati does offer quite a few driver-assistance features, though, and many of them are standard. 

    Key safety features include:

    •  Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
    •  Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
    •  Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode
    • 2021 Maserati Quattroporte
      Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

    The Quattroporte's warranty coverage matches that of key rivals from Audi and BMW, but similar to Mercedes-Benz, Maserati doesn't cover any maintenance visits.

    •  Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
    •  Power-train warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
    •  No complimentary scheduled maintenance.

    • 2021 Maserati Quattroporte


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