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Only the Italians could get away with calling a car ‘four door’. Appended to the name Maserati, though, Quattroporte conjures up all sorts of romantic imagery, an idea that the car itself hasn’t always merited since first appearing in 1963.
This is where the Maserati really works, despite its increased girth. There’s a new 3.0-litre twin turbo V6, but the range-topping car is powered by a 523bhp 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8, overseen by a former Ferrari F1 engine wizard.
There’s lots of aluminium in the car’s structure, so even though it’s bigger than before it’s actually more responsive, handles beautifully, and its eight-speed ZF transmission is exemplary. The electro-hydraulic steering helps too, with its linearity and transparent feedback.
There’s multi-link suspension, so it has a more settled ride quality than the old car, although it’s on the firm side even for an overtly sporting limo. A top speed of 190mph and a 0-62mph time of 4.7 seconds are good enough.