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Excellent suspension tuning
Road & Track
If the color red could be embodied by a sound, this would be it
Re-mapped engine computer, boosting power to 433 hp
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com rave about the performance capabilities of the 2010 Maserati Quattroporte, which, as TheCarConnection.com's editors point out, is a four-door sports car in disguise.
The biggest reason for Maserati Quattroporte's performance is the Ferrari engine it houses. Edmunds tells us that the 2010 Maserati Quattroporte lineup is "powered by one of two V8s: a 4.2-liter and a 4.7-liter," with the smaller engine turning out "400 hp and 339 pound-feet of torque" in the base version. The Maserati Quattroporte S, on the other hand, gets some engine massaging that increases power output to 425 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque, while Automobile Magazine brings to light that the Maserati 2010 Quattroporte GT S's 4.7-liter V-8 "receives a re-mapped engine computer, boosting power to 433 hp." With the Quattroporte GT S, Car and Driver finds that "some 85 percent of the 4.7-liter's 361 pound-feet of torque is available from 2500 rpm, and there are 40 more pound-feet on tap in the crucial 3000-to-3500-rpm neighborhood." Jalopnik states that despite the stats, "this Maserati isn't about numbers, it's about experience"—and behind the wheel, it's second to none. The engine sound is a big factor, which Automobile Magazine says is "among the best of any production car on the road," and Jalopnik boldly declares that "if the color red could be embodied by a sound, this would be it."
The 2010 Maserati Quattroporte lineup, similar to last year, is equipped with what Road & Track calls a "crisp ZF automatic with paddle shifters" to help you cycle through the six available forward gears. Automobile Magazine calls it "one of the best automatic transmissions in the business," and Edmunds is happy that the Maserati 2010 Quattroporte's sonorous engine "has found a soul mate in the six-speed ZF-built automatic transmission." Edmunds doesn't stop there, adding, "in Drive, the shift action is effortlessly smooth, or you can slot the level into manual and make use of the shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel."
Fuel economy usually doesn't enter into your decision-making process when you choose to buy an exclusive and expensive sports car like the 2010 Maserati Quattroporte. Just for the record, the official EPA estimates for the 2010 Maserati Quattroporte are 12 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.
A true driver's car, the 2010 Maserati Quattroporte is meant to be driven hard. The luxurious interior shouldn't discourage you from doing so. However, its hard suspension makes it difficult to use the Quattroporte as a daily driver. On the positive side, Car and Driver notes that the Maserati Quattroporte is "now regarded as one of the sportiest luxury sedans ever," and Road & Track raves about the "excellent suspension tuning." Automobile Magazine remarks that, when driving the Quattroporte hard, "you'd never guess the four-door weighs nearly 4,400 pounds" since it offers "spectacular grip." On the other hand, Automobile Magazine warns that the Maserati Quattroporte's "ride quality, especially at low speeds, might be a bit rough on crumbling US tarmac." Car and Driver chips in with the assessment that "steering is about as spot-on and stable as any luxury proposition could ask for," as well as noting that the Maserati Quattroporte's "brakes proved as impressive as the rest of the chassis."
The 2010 Maserati Quattroporte has an amazing engine sound that will immediately get potential buyers reaching for their checkbooks—and that’s on top of the great performance.