Motoring expert Chris Walsh test drives the new model…
There is something truly fascinating about the new Maserati Quattroporte Diesel, as it might just be the biggest automotive oxymoron on the road. Why is this? Well, when you compare it directly to the German and British senior management shifters that compete against it, the Italian offering does struggle to match the ‘technical’ aspects of these other cars. But when it comes down to it, the Maserati Quattroporte is the only one I would be chewing my fingers off to own.
It all boils down to a little thing called ‘cachet’. Let me paint a scenario for you: in the gyms and golf clubs of this world, other people will insist on keeping up with Joneses. And at some point the car conversation is going to arise. And once Kevin from accounts has finished banging on about how snazzy his new Audi is, you can then casually win the day by telling him that you drive a Maserati.
In context, that will probably do it for most other car-related conversations too. Simply driving the most exotic brand, regardless of the outright ability of the car, carries quite a bit of weight. But with this particular realisation, is it finally time to focus less on the brand and more on the cars improvements. The gap between it and its competitors, has never been this close before.
For a start, the new Quattroporte is not only larger than its acclaimed predecessor but more luxurious as well. Cabin fit, material selection and that all-important perception of quality has taken significant steps in the right direction. The infotainment and dashboard usability, which blighted the previous model, have all been updated to help make the car simpler to understand and more natural to operate.
The car is lighter too and this particular improvement is probably more responsible than anything else for improving the overall standing of the Quattroporte. Lightness positively affects everything from agility and performance to CO2 emissions and ownership costs.
To get the most from the lighter chassis, the Quattroporte Diesel uses a throaty 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 to deliver a subtle (but still very precise) type of progression. Thankfully, a unique Maserati engine note is still available. Admittedly, it’s not quite the same noise you get from the 3.8-litre V8 GTS, but for a diesel, its good enough. The Quattroporte Diesel offers the lowest fuel economy in the Quattroporte’s history, so getting the fun and the engine notes from your Maserati has never been so economical.
At A Glance
Model: Maserati Quattroporte Diesel
Priced From (as Driven): £69,235 (£88,118)
Drivetrain: Rear-Wheel Drive
Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic
Power: 275 hp
Torque: 600 Nm
0-62 mph: 6.4 Seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph
Combined MPG: 45.6 mpg
CO2 emission: 163 g/km
Images: Tristan Ware
Location: Highfield Park