2014 Maserati Quattroporte: 2013 Detroit Auto Show

January 16, 2013
The 2013 Detroit Auto Show's press days are over, but the doors will soon open to the public. If you're in the market for a luxurious and stylish new four-door luxury car, you could do a lot worse than to check out the brand new 2014 Maserati Quattroporte.

With a fresh look that sticks close to the lines of the previous model while evolving the details into a more modern feel, the Maserati Quattroporte remains one of the most expressively-designed cars in the luxury sedan class. Inside, it's more of the same, with attention to detail and quality materials--including leather and wood--that communicate passion as well as luxury.

The 2014 model year sees the Quattroporte grow lighter, larger, and faster than before. The standard engine is a V-6, but a twin-turbocharged one, rated at 410 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. That might sound like V-8 power, and it is, accelerating the large luxury car to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. If you feel the need for even more power, there's a twin-turbocharged V-8 to upgrade to, bringing with it 530 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque--as well as 4.7-second 0-60 mph times and a top speed of 191 mph.

Apart from performance that would have qualified it as a supercar a decade ago, and which still stands it in good stead with modern sports cars, the Quattroporte is much more than a performance sedan. The Maserati Touch Control infotainment center display also relays the feed from a backup camera, and provides access to an optional 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system. A WiFi hotspot and smartphone connectivity area also available.

Despite the solid tech feature set available, the Quattroporte looks much more the modern version of old-world luxury than the button-heavy or gloss-frenzied interiors of competing sedans. The idea, according to Maserati, is that less is more--and with handsome, simple, but well-detailed styling like that found in the 2014 Quattroporte, we tend to agree.

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