Autocar's Steve Sutcliffe took the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte on a spin along snowy mountain roads to test it for a specific brief: as a limousine for the chauffeured class. It's sporting credentials are impressive: Twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8, 532 horsepower, 475 pound-feet of torque in casual circumstances that rises to 532 lb-ft in overboost, a 0-to-60 mile-per-hour sprint of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph.

However, citing Maserati's desire to not just increase its sales to 50,000-per-annum by 2015, but to sell many more of its cars in China, Sutcliffe wanted to find out if the livery side of the Quattroporte could match its sport sedan side. So after taking the pilot's seat and trying out the sport settings, Sutcliffe hops in back to test out the CEO's seat.

Then he compares the Quattroporte against the long-wheelbase Jaguar XJ with its supercharged V8, a sedan that's 15,000 pounds less expensive than the Maserati. It doesn't take long for him to find that one of them is a clear winner when it comes to transporting VIPs. To find out which one, enjoy the video below.



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      RGT881
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really value Autocar and respect Mr. Sutcliffe, but I'm somewhat surprised that he would compare the Jag to the Maser, after all Jag's XJ is more positioned to compete with A8, S-Class, 7er, whereas Quattroporte's purpose to be an alternative to Porsch Panamera, Aston Martin Rapide, BMW M6 GrandCoupe.
        Mason
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RGT881
        Exactly. The Quattroporte is more sporty and supercar-ish, so of course it's going to fail in a limo test against an XJ.
        chickenflauta
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RGT881
        He did it specifically because Masterati's sales goals lie in the Chinese market, and aspects of the car (such as the wheelbase and rear legroom) were specifically designed to appeal to Chinese consumers. My guess is Maserati would have a hard time selling 50,000 units annually in such a short time period if they were only after would-be Rapide drivers. For those numbers, you've got to also play with the others.
          RGT881
          • 2 Years Ago
          @chickenflauta
          Even so, just because Maserati attempted to please the Chinese market by making the car longer, it doesn't mean that it magically becomes an XJ competitor. Plus QP4's chief criticism has always been the cramped rear and so it's unlikely that Maserati was squarely aiming for Chinese approval as much as it was making a product better. I think customers are well educated with the products to make a decision that suits them. As for selling 50,000 units; that would include other models which haven't yet been introduced and we all know all car companies tend to release overly optimistic projected car sales. Also we need to remember the various QP variants that will make it onto the market that will perhaps be more luxury oriented.
      mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      the headlights on Maserati quattroporte screams Infiniti G37 Sedan. What were they thinking. And those alloys are disaster. I had take Jaguar XJL in a heartbeat.
      trevor-k
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those wheels are just ugly as sin...... I simply can't believe that a company like maserati could approve a wheel soooooo f'n stupid looking.
        Robert Fahey
        • 2 Years Ago
        @trevor-k
        This isn't the first time Maserati has surprised the world with yuckiness. Google images for Maserati Biturbo. Google images for Hyundai Stellar.
          Shiftright
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Robert Fahey
          Pu-leaze!!!. The Biturbo may not have been a Bora or Ghibli, but it was perfectly proportioned, liek a fine Italian bespoke suit that doesn't rely on flashy fabrics or trendy touches. The cut is just perfect.
      CEC
      • 2 Years Ago
      A Brit thinking a Brit car is better? HOW SURPRISING!!! (e/sarcasm)
        askroon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CEC
        Except for the fact that most British people are pretty self-deprecating when it comes to British stuff...
          quuppa70
          • 2 Years Ago
          @askroon
          generally are better? what a joke
          quuppa70
          • 2 Years Ago
          @askroon
          no they are not, they always find Opel (Vauxhall) , Ford etc being better than other European cars, thats not any big surprise.
          rocketmoose
          • 2 Years Ago
          @askroon
          ^ Er, they generally are better...
      Teddy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know the styling is a little hit or miss, but I recently saw the new S8 and I would way rather get the audi instead of the maserati. Plus after hearing how fast the S8 is and its interior is not even comparable with the maserati. The jag looks amazing, and is a probably a great vehicle, but I am surprised they havent fixed the stlying of the C-pillar yet.
      ammca66564
      • 2 Years Ago
      Brits are so unashamedly patriotic in reviewing cars. It's kind of charming.
        Klep
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ammca66564
        I agree, but there is no evidence of that in this review. That Jag is just an all-around better car.
          Thomas D Hilton III
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Klep
          Except for the fact that the car sucked when he tried to whip it around that turn....
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of these is a beautiful, stunning, and stately luxury barge. The other has headlamps off a '13 impreza.
      Luis A. Martinez
      • 2 Years Ago
      The jaguar with those round Ac vents out of place and those C pillar black trim is just not classic type of car for me,even if it drive better and Audi A 8,BMW or even a Chrysler 300 is better looking and better to be inside too,to Mazda on the Inside for me,miss the Old Jaguar though
      Jack Westerkamp
      • 2 Years Ago
      The new Maz is really a letdown. It looks so generic. The profile and rear quarters remind me of the new Fusion.
      Jaylgo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isn't the cadillac CTS-V at 198 MPH the fastest sedan in the World?
      Klep
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those new Quattroporte wheels look like a wheel, wrapped in a tweel (look it up), wrapped in a tire. Yuck.
      md_stew
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder who will be the first to offer an affordable Smooth Riding Car, Ala Chevy Caprice, Lincoln Town Car. There has got to be a market! Most, NO, Almost ALL CARS sold these days have some sort of "European Handling". Every car has to have a Sporty Ride nowadays, no matter what kind of car it is.
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