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Sport GT S [gets] the more aggressive look it deserves
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All Quattroporte models received a light facelift for the 2009 model year
Quantum improvement in ergonomics
The stunning 2009 Maserati Quattroporte lineup earns countless compliments from reviewers for its sleek styling and improved interior layout.
The 2009 Maserati Quattroporte is available in three trims: Quattroporte, Quattroporte S, and new-for-2009 Maserati Quattroporte GT S. All of them feature styling elements Automobile Magazine calls "automotive art," while Edmunds raves that the Maserati Quattroporte features "a delectable aesthetic cocktail of classic sport-sedan proportions and inimitable Italian flair." Speaking of unique Italian flair, Car and Driver reviewers notice that the Maserati Quattroporte is distinguished by a "triangular taillamp theme [that] is sure to be controversial, but we love them purely because they are so darn Italian." For those interested in the new Maserati Quattroporte GT S, Road and Track points out that some of the exterior changes include "20-in. wheels (with a multi-trident design) and a new front bumper whose black grille has black vertical slats that curve inward, like those of the GranTurismo." Automobile Magazine adds that "black finish has also been applied to the door pillars, belt line, door handles, and exhaust pipes." To put it simply, few reviewers disagree with those at Automobile Magazine when they gush that the Quattroporte is "one of the most gorgeous four-door cars on the planet."
Those new to the Maserati Quattroporte lineup might not appreciate the interior changes made by Maserati, but current Quattroporte owners will certainly notice the difference. Jalopnik points out that the Maserati Quattroporte's "primary and secondary controls for both the passenger and driver have been refined in order to enhance ease of operation," while Motor Trend observes a "quantum improvement in ergonomics brought by Bose's new multimedia/nav system," which is standard fare on both Maserati Quattroporte base and S models. Car and Driver reviewers also mention the "minor but significant changes to the Quattroporte's interior" that favor driver ergonomics more than in prior versions. Despite the changes, Edmunds says that the Maserati Quattroporte's interior controls "aren't likely to challenge Toyota for ergonomic supremacy anytime soon." Aside from the controls, Edmunds cites "some lovely details" inside the cabin, including aluminum pedals that "look like sculpture and the suede-upholstered rim of the steering wheel [that] feels great."
With unmistakable exterior styling and a much-improved interior, the 2009 Maserati Quattroporte strikes automotive gold in the looks department.