Maserati Quattroporte GTS

The Maserati Quattroporte is all about changing your misconstrued concep­tions. It’s grown in all directions, yet, thanks to the liberal use of aluminum, weighs 200 fewer pounds. It also comes with a smaller V-8 power plant, but cre­ates nearly 100 more horsepower and loads more of on-demand torque. These seemingly contradictory changes may appear to be part of a subtle revision, but the recognizable form of the 2014 Quattroporte actually hides a nearly complete overhaul.

Let’s go back to that V-8. It’s a Ferrari-built, small, 3.8-liter unit that makes lib­eral use of forced induction to create 523 horsepower and 479 foot-pounds of torque, with an over-boost function that cranks the torque up to 524. As a result, performance is sprightly. The zero-to-60 takes 4.7 seconds, 0.3 of a second quick­er than the previous Sport GT S. This makes the new Quattroporte the quickest four-door in the brand’s history. In addition, it’s finally cracked 190 mph, which puts it beyond the capabilities of many of its competitors’ limiters.

The long wheelbase is befitting a four-door cruiser for the world’s elite, offer­ing plenty of legroom and luggage space, a classy mash of colors and materials and a ride that never punishes its passengers. Maserati is determined to change the way people feel about the Italian brand as it sets its sights on scores of new customers from the United States and China. As we said, it’s changing people’s preconceived notions.Maserati Quattroporte GTS photo3Maserati Quattroporte GTS photoMaserati Quattroporte GTS photo2Maserati Quattroporte GTS photo1Maserati Quattroporte GTS interior

Price: $135,000 (Estimated)
Engine: 3.8-liter turbocharged V-8
Horsepower: 523
0-60: 4.7 seconds
Top Speed: 195 mph
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Torque: 524 foot-pounds