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The all-new 2014 Maserati Quattroporte reaches the retail market soon, bringing a new take on the familiar blend of passion for design, bone-shaking power, and sumptuous interior appointments.
Up close, the details of the new Quattroporte aren't clearly related to its predecessor, but step back a few feet and the flowing proportions resolve into perfect, familial clarity. Crisp creases and angular accents dominate the new exterior design. An ovoid grille with a large trident emblem dominates the nose, sweeping up to the curved hood and into the fenders. A character line traces along the side and over the flanks, into a simple, understated rear end. The overall effect is one of refinement and class, as well as emotive style. Inside, the look is more subdued, but no less well-executed. Satin woods and fine leathers meet with metal accents in a clean, two-tone finish.
Under the hood, the 2014 Quattroporte gets a new set of engines, both of them twin-turbocharged. The base engine is a 3.0-liter V-6, its twin turbos helping to generate 410 horsepower and 0-60 mph times in the five-second range. Top speed with the V-6 is 177 mph. A 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 is also available, rated at 530 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, or up to 530 pound-feet during the momentary "overboost" function. The result is 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph.
A ZF eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on either model, sending power to the rear wheels or all four wheels. The all-wheel-drive system is rear-biased, sending 100 percent of torque to the rear axle under normal conditions, and up to 50 percent to the front wheels when it detects slip.
Equipment and features are, as with any Maserati, quite good even in base form, and there are many possibilities for personalization and customization. Available features include: a 1,280-watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system; Maserati Touch Control screen; adjustable pedals; reverse cameras; and WLAN-based in-car WiFi.
As is the case with many expensive, limited-volume vehicles, the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte hasn't been crash tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Nevertheless, a steel monocoque reinforced with aluminum crossmembers should provide a strong passenger cell.
On the gas mileage front, the 3.8-liter V-8 model earns an EPA rating of 13 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 16 mpg combined, meaning it's not very efficient, even for a large and powerful luxury sedan.
- Bold new styling
- Tasteful, refined interior
- Strong twin-turbo engines
- Poor gas mileage
- Interior not as roomy as you'd expect