The 2020 Maserati Quattroporte is the Italian brand’s flagship sedan. There’s only one other Maserati sedan — the Ghibli — but the Quattroporte commands the big bucks with its blend of opulent luxury and performance, all topped off by a Ferrari-sourced engine. We drove the Quattroporte S Q4 in GranLusso trim, which is the less powerful and cheaper partner of the GTS. Since it's the GranLusso, it added silk-and-leather upholstery, heated and cooled seats, a chrome front fascia insert, 20-inch wheels and glossy black brake calipers. An impressive, high-tech 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine lurks under the S Q4’s hood making 424 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque, both respectable numbers for a boosted six-cylinder. It’s paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission that’ll send this big sedan from 0-60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. The all-wheel drive system is no slouch. It sends 100% of the power to the rear wheels in most driving conditions, but can quickly send as much as 50% of torque to the front wheels if it detects a loss of grip. It also has a limited-slip rear differential. At about 207 inches in length, there’s no disguising that the Quattroporte is a large car. It’s about the same size as a BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 or Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan. When you’re competing with those names, the standards for excellence tend to be off the charts. Of course, Maserati comes with its own expectations and standards of performance. This car’s electrically-controlled adaptive dampers, Brembo brakes and unique exhaust note go a long way toward enhancing the driving experience, but read on to see what our editors think after spending a week in the driver’s seat. Senior Editor, Green, John Beltz Snyder: Hearing the word “Maserati” evokes something. A sense of exotica and exclusivity, notions of performance and luxury, whiffs of elitism and maybe even envy. When people see a Maserati Quattroporte in person, very little of that happens. People will eye a Bentley, give a thumbs-up to a passing Porsche, and straight-up gawk at the right Jaguar. By contrast, no one seemed to notice this Maserati, be it on the highway or when parked next to them in the parking lot. I can’t blame them. Its design doesn’t really scream, well, anything. Under normal driving, the 3.0-liter V6 under the hood doesn’t either. In Sport mode, though, the twin-turbocharged Ferrari-sourced engine raises its voice in a sonorous growl. Just make sure you roll the window down, or else that song will be merely for the benefit of bystanders. From the driver’s seat, this car is quiet. Which is fine. The Quattroporte does the luxury part of the formula quite well. It’s remarkably smooth, and combined with comfortable, supportive seating, it does a great job of keeping the outside world from bothering you at all. It sure made long stretches of the highway feel a lot shorter. And, quite frankly, it does the performance part well, too, but its composure makes it all feel so drama-free. …
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|MPG||16 City / 23 Hwy|
|Transmission||8-spd auto w/OD|
|Power||424 @ 5750 rpm|
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