2018 Maserati Quattroporte First Review
Starting price: $106,660 | Shop now
Engines: Twin-turbo V6, twin-turbo V8
Horsepower: 424-523 hp
0-62 mph (100 km/h): 4.7-5.0 seconds
Top speed: 179-193 mph
Similar: Porsche Panamera, Jaguar XJ
The 2018 Maserati Quattroporte is the storied automaker’s answer to a range of flagship sedans including the prestigious Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the performance-focused Porsche Panamera and the more fashion-conscious Jaguar XJ. While Maserati’s Italian roots and exoticism are two of the Quattroporte’s biggest draws, its Ferrari-built engines and available Ermenegildo Zegna interior treatments deliver on the promise of performance and style on which the brand's mystique was built.
Fresh off a range of additions and enhancements just last year, the Quattroporte is further improved for 2018 with a power bump for V6 models and a variety of sophisticated driver assist technologies.
Our most recent turn behind the wheel of Maserati’s range-topping sedan took place in northern Italy, on highways and mountain roads near the mountain resort village of Courmayeur.
Our day of driving started with 50 highway miles, providing the perfect opportunity to put some of the Quattroporte’s newest technologies to the test. Last year’s Quattroporte upgrades included adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, and among this year’s additions is next-level steering assist capabilities. Combined they endow the 2018 Maserati Quattroporte with Level 2 autonomy, meaning the car can -- in limited capacities under certain conditions -- steer, accelerate and brake itself. We found the system satisfyingly proactive compared to some others, but also a little quicker to alert you to put your hands back on the wheel (although you’re not supposed to remove them in the first place).
The ride was otherwise quiet and comfortable -- befitting a six-figure luxury sedan -- if not on the same level as something like the benchmark S-Class, which is less encumbered by an expectation of driving performance. And while we couldn’t discern the newly added 19 horsepower, that Ferrari-sourced V6 and its 424 horsepower never left us wanting for accelerative force. It also provides the aural signature of the brand, a soundtrack that’s always encouraging you to turn up the volume with your right foot. Of course, the V8-powered Quattroporte GTS model is even more powerful and sweeter sounding. Just keep in mind you’re looking at another $30,000.
On the mountain road portion of our drive the Quattroporte was impressive for a flagship sedan. In addition to all the power we could have needed, the steering and suspension worked in concert to deliver both the agility and driving feel of something smaller. While we’ve yet to experience electric power steering that feels quite as good as a more traditional setup, the Quattroporte's EPS qualifies as worthy of the brand. Perhaps we're just losing touch with our hydraulic history, but it's also true that the organic, telepathic feel of excellent steering just isn’t as crucial in a flagship sedan. Even a Maserati.
Driving the 2018 Maserati Quattropporte is exactly the experience you want it to be. Even when you let let the car do some of the driving.
Complementing the Quattroporte’s curvaceous and heritage-inspired exterior styling is a passenger cabin replete with all the fine leather and detailed stitchwork you’d be right to expect in a six-figure Italian sedan.
Buyers drawn to the Quattroporte by the romanticism accompanying the trident badge will appreciate the throwback nature of the interior. While competitors like the Panamera and S-Class begin to resemble digital command centers, the Quattroporte's passenger cabin is more of an analog affair. Heritage is a big part of the Quattroporte’s appeal, and there’s a case to be made that a more traditional interior environment better supports that brand promise. We’re as enamored as anyone by the segment's higher-tech cockpits, but there’s indeed something refreshing and relaxing about a simpler, more familiar interior layout.
Moving toward the back, the Quattroporte’s rear quarters aren’t the most expansive in the luxury flagship fraternity, but the area is nevertheless roomy, comfortable and more than adequate for shuttling all but your tallest friends, family members and associates. Trunk volume is on par with some of the segment’s roomiest.
Tech and Infotainment
The 2018 Maserati Quattroporte’s list of driver assist and safety technologies includes active cruise control with stop-and-go, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, surround view camera and rear cross-traffic alert. On the infotainment front, there’s an 8.4-inch system that incorporates Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and built-in Wi-Fi, among several other modern conveniences. The system can be controlled via its touchscreen interface, or with a console-mounted knob like virtually all of its competitors' sysems.
But that's old news, with all those features having been added to the Quattroporte lineup last year. Major upgrades for 2018 include a host of steering assist functions, enabled by the introduction of electric power steering. Highway Assist works at speeds up to 90 mph, and uses radar and cameras to read the road and automatically adjust speed and steering in an effort to decrease driver fatigue and increase safety. Active Blind Spot Assist can step in to help prevent messy lane changes, and traffic sign recognition helps the system -- and the driver -- be more aware of speed limits.
The 2018 Maserati Quattroporte lineup also adds a new Integrated Vehicle Control program, a sort of enhanced electronic stability program that Maserati claims can help prevent a loss of car control instead of simply correcting it. While the main purpose is safety, Maserati says it can also improve lap times.
Soft-close doors are also newly available for 2018, and when your hands are full you can open the Quattroporte’s trunk by gently kicking your foot under the rear bumper. Audio options include a 10-speaker, 900-watt Harman Kardon system or a Bowers & Wilkins system with 15 speakers and 1,280 watts. An available rear seat entertainment system features dual 10.2-inch displays supporting a variety of formats and input sources.
GranSport and GranLusso Themes
Every 2018 Maserati Quattroporte -- S, S Q4, and GTS -- is offered with a choice of two themes. The GranLusso line emphasizes the Quattroporte’s luxury leanings, while GranSport models accentuate its sporting nature. In addition to unique, theme-appropriate wheels and other exterior details, GranLusso differentiators include a Zegna Silk Edition interior treatment, while GranSport trims feature sportier seats, a steering wheel with paddle shifters, sport pedals and blue-themed trident logos. The GranLusso and GranSport themes run about $7,000 extra in Quattroporte S and S Q4 models, but they're included in the "base" price of the GTS.
2018 Maserati Quattroporte Pricing
The Quattroporte’s starting price in the low six-figure range reflects the brand’s positioning between mainstream luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, and the ultra-lux marques like Bentley and Aston Martin. The Quattroporte's resale value doesn't hold up as well as the Panamera's, for instance, so keep that in mind while weighing your options.
Quattroporte S (V6)
Starting price (MSRP): $106,600
Quattroporte S Q4 (V6 AWD)
Starting price (MSRP): $112,920
Quattroporte GTS (V8)
Starting price (MSRP): $137,970
2018 Maserati Quattroporte Exterior and Interior Photos
Engines and Specs
3.0-liter twin-turbo V6
424 horsepower @ 5,750 rpm
428 lb-ft of torque @ 2,250-4,000 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Top speed: 179 mph
0-62 mph (100 km/h): 5.0 seconds, 4.8 seconds (Q4 AWD)
EPA estimated fuel economy (city/highway/combined): 16/23/18 mpg
3.8-liter twin-turbo V8
523 horsepower @ 6,500-6,800 rpm
479 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000-6,000 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Top speed: 193 mph
0-62 mph (100 km/h): 4.7 seconds
EPA estimated fuel economy (city/highway/combined): 15/22/17 mpg
Length: 207.2 in
Width: 76.7 in
Height: 58.3 in
Wheelbase: 124.8 in
Turning circle: 38.7 ft
Curb weight: 4,101 lbs (S), 4,233 lbs (S Q4), 4,189 lbs (GTS)
New and Redesigned 2018 Models