The 2011 Maserati Quattroporte doesn't have enough ratings to earn a valid Total Car Score, not unusual among exotics like this sport/luxury sedan.
This car is proven to have the looks, power and capability that brought the Maserati badge back from the brink of extinction. Whereas previous models were interesting but deeply flawed, the Quattroporte is a much more accomplished package.
It has an engine sourced from Ferrari (all part of the same company these days), the option of an adjustable suspension, a body styled by the famed Pininfarina design house, and there are plenty of true luxury touches available inside (heated/reclining rear seats, for example). It's a credible and intriguing alternative to the usual German suspects.
However, reviewers have found the Teutonic competition to be more updated in recent years, making the Quattroporte seem just a little behind the times these days. Not just from tech point of view, either, as rivals offer things like high-resolution graphics to their touchscreen displays. The performance gulf has also widened, with most of the segment offering more power than the Maserati sedan.
This generation of Quattroporte -- the fifth -- has been around since 2004. Not much has changed for the 2011 model year aside from some subtle cosmetic tweaks to the mid-level trim and a rationalization of some options packages."
The 2011 Maserati Quattroporte sport/luxury sedan comes in base, Sport and Sport GT S versions.
Under the base model's hood is a Ferrari-sourced 4.2-liter V8 that makes 400 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque in a gloriously sonorous way. The sportier models get an output hike to 425 hp and 361 lb-ft. In each case, a six-speed automatic transmission delivers that muscle to the rear wheels, while the GT S employs steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The list of standard equipment starts with power-assisted doors and trunk lid, wood trim, leather, Bose surround-sound audio, voice-activated navigation, Bluetooth, and a power rear sunshade. Options include massaging front seats, separate entertainment system for the rear quarters, fold-down trays, plus reclining and heated rear seats.
Wheel sizes go from 18 inches to 20 inches with each step up the trim line (base, Sport and GT S). The Sport has an adjustable suspension, whereas the GT S has a dedicated performance tune to maximize hanlding.
Safety features for the whole range include traction and stability controls, ABS, front side and side curtain airbags.
The 2011 Quattroporte is EPA-rated to return 11 mpg city, 17 mpg highway and 14 mpg combined.
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