The luxury car segment is rife with competition. In the last few years, there has been a very drastic increase in the purchasing power of individuals, and automakers have capitalized on this aspect. Almost every major carmaker in the world has made its foray into the luxury market. Each brand has its idea of what a luxury car is and while some have been moderately successful, some have failed miserably.
The truth of the matter is that this segment is tough, you need to be an established brand to churn out sales otherwise carmakers are simply burning cash. So how does an Italian automaker like Maserati that has relatively obscure sales numbers survive such harsh competition? The reason boils down to the fact that their offering is simply one of the segment’s most creative cars. The updated Quattroporte line has been around for a while, it entered production in 2013 and while it was not a car that charmed the socks off, its reputation has grown over time, all the way to the respectable 2020 Maserati Quattroporte.
Quattroporte stands for “four doors”, sounds too simple right? Only a brand like Maserati can turn something like “four doors” into a name that sounds so elegant and sophisticated. That itself is one of the reasons why the Quattroporte has survived in the luxury segment.
Each year Maserati stands firm and introduces an update of the Quattroporte. While it may not rack up staggering sales numbers, Maserati is hoping it builds something greater, a legacy of sorts. The car might still be ways behind more established British and German rivals, but it is inching closer. Has the new version added anything of note or substance? Let us find out
The Many Flavors of the Maserati Quattroporte
There are so many variants of the 2020 Maserati Quattroporte that it has become increasingly harder to keep a track of which is which. The engine options have been modulated and now even the 3-liter V6 is made by Ferrari. Only the GTS GranLusso gets the 3.8-liter V8. The S, GranSport, and GranLusso variants get only the rear-wheel-drive option. Whereas the S Q4 and the GTS GranLusso give customers a choice between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
The newest offering this year is the S GranLusso and the GTS GranLusso. The former comes with an option for all-wheel drive and offers a more comprehensive package than others in the Quattroporte line. The GTS GranLusso is for those looking for that extra bit of performance.
What is New?
The 2020 Maserati Quattroporte has received incremental changes. You now get heated steering, soft-close doors, and a rear sunshade. A plethora of driver-assistance features also makes its way to the Quattroporte. Cosmetically there are two packages, the Edizione Ribelle Package is only limited to 25 units, making the rare even rarer. The second one is a GT Sport package available for the S and GranLusso models that add aggressive styling elements taken straight from the GranSport model.
Engine and performance
All the versions of the 2020 Maserati Quattroporte come standard with the Ferrari-powered V6 but only the GTS GranLusso gets the V8 engine option. Over time, other carmakers have dropped down the size and the power of their engine in favor of luxury and other features. Maserati has done the opposite. They have maintained the engine and added features to their cars every year. The result is that modern luxury cars are less powerful than the base Quattroporte, giving the car a much-needed leg up against the competition.
2020 Maserati Quattroporte GTS GranLusso
Italian cars are often admired for the way they combine the flair of design with brutish power. The GTS GranLusso does just that. The 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 makes the Quattroporte the only Ferrari-powered sedan in the world, unique. The exclusivity proposition is not the only thing that this car has going for it.
The engine produces a scintillating 523 brake horsepower combined with 524 lb-ft of torque. It does zero to sixty in a respectable 4.7 seconds and hits a top speed of around 190mph, respectable numbers for a car that has not seen an engine upgrade in nearly a decade. While it may look on the surface that the 2020 Maserati Quattroporte lacks the grit to go against some of the top rivals in the luxury sedan segment, it couldn’t be more wrong.
There is a ZF eight-speed transmission system onboard that provides superb switching between the gears and there is almost no lag when you step on the gas.
With the rest of the cars in the 2020 Maserati Quattroporte line-up, you get a 3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine as standard. The engine delivers 424 brake horsepower and nearly 428 lb-ft of torque. You get the same ZF eight-speed transmission setup giving you the high-end shift experience of the V8. the engine at first glance might not look like a very powerful one, but in the segment, no other engine can match its performance, especially at this price range. It simply demolishes its rivals and gives you an unmatched driving experience.
The appeal of having an Italian car adorn your garage is something that is common to almost every individual. There is also the matter of the eye-catching and sensational design that is associated with cars from Italy. The Maserati brand has thrived on this artistry. For decades they have been one of the premier car makers in Europe. Even today, they make some of the most awe-inspiring cars in the world.
Some may argue that the decade-old design of the Quattroporte is getting stale, but the fact of the matter is that despite its age, it still manages to attract more glances than any other car in this category. The exclusivity of the car adds to this factor.
The Quattroporte’s front is simply majestic. It has a very ferocious look, which is enhanced by the width of the car. The grille is typical Maserati, wide and slightly angled so it looks like it’s ready to pounce. The dazzling combination of curves and lines from the hood to the back makes the car look more agile than any other car in the segment. The lines sweep back elegantly and are a subtle reminder that the Quattroporte is indeed a luxury car despite the brutish-looking front.
The 2020 Maserati Quattroporte is one of the biggest cars on the road, by far among the largest in the segment and it commands a tremendous road presence. There is a discernable difference between the Quattroporte and other cars in the category. There is remarkable attention to detail in the design.
The Maserati also comes in a slew of color choices allowing you to customize the color of your car’s jacket to one that suits your personality. We recommend going for the Alpine White option. It highlights the lines and curves of the car and it acts as a good reminder of the opulence that comes with owning a luxury vehicle.
The Maserati Interior and Features
While Maserati’s first impressions might not be that of a luxury carmaker, the Quattroporte begs to differ. As soon as you take a seat inside, you will be greeted with full-grain or “Pieno Fiore” leather everywhere. The piano black color scheme is a suggestion that tells us Italians know how to do luxury. The plushness of the leather is almost dreamlike. From the thick and chunky steering wheel to the sculpted front seats, you can tell that the Maserati was built with both sportiness and luxury in mind. In a way, they have achieved equilibrium.
The cabin is big enough for five people to lounge and can go toe-to-toe with some of the best cars in the segment. While the back might not be extremely spacious, there are a lot of creature comforts. The option of an Executive Rear seat package that comes with the GranLusso edition is something to cheer about. It offers reclining chairs with armrests for the back.
For the 2020 edition, Maserati has made sure to not skimp out on features. The 8.4-inch infotainment screen comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There is also Bluetooth and a voice command system on board. There is also Bowers & Wilkins sound system for those that are looking to tune out the bellowing Ferrari engine.
2020 Maserati Quattroporte GranLusso vs GranSport
The GranLusso package is the one you want to pick up if luxury is all you have in mind. It comes with wooden trim for the dashboard, elevating the levels of opulence in the car. You will also get Ermenegildo Zegna silk accents and trims all over the interiors. The seats are heated and ventilated to maximize comfort.
The GranSport is more for those that want a sports car feel to go along with their luxury car. The dash has carbon-fiber trim and you can find more bits of carbon fiber outside and inside the car. The front seats are also 12-way power-adjustable for maximum driving comfort. The major difference is on the styling outside the car as the GranSport ditches the luxury moniker in favor of a more sporty stance.
Irrespective of which package you pick up, the 2020 Maserati Quattroporte is a car that will leave you feeling speechless, especially when you step inside the cabin. The radiating smell combined with the supple feeling on the leather is noteworthy and can match any luxury car in the segment.
Luxury cars are not subjected to the same rigorous testing standards that normal road cars go through. The reason behind it is simple, at this price range cars are stuffed to the brim with safety features. They will pass virtually any crash test with the maximum rating. The 2020 Maserati Quattroporte ticks all the boxes for a great luxury car.
It comes with adaptive cruise control, which itself has an umbrella of features to maximize driving comfort. There is a surround-view and rearview camera along with a blind spot alert. The Bi-Xenon headlights on the front have an adapting system to maximize visibility in poor conditions. ABS and EBS come as standard. There is also a cruise control system for a relaxed driving experience. There are airbags everywhere in the car, including knee airbags.
Regardless of which engine you choose for the 2020 Maserati Quattroporte, one thing is clear the performance will leave you speechless. It is unlike any other car in the luxury car segment. The transmission moves through the gears quite quickly, allowing you to push the engine to the redline at higher speeds. The engine is made by Ferrari and each time you put your foot down, there is an extraordinary feeling. The finely-tuned engine and the quad exhausts come together in harmony. Every time you start the engine and take it on a spin, it is a hair-raising experience.
There are noticeable refinements on the engine’s tuning and performance. You can now do a zero to sixty in 4.5 seconds flat. The quarter-mile time is sub-13 seconds and is far quicker than almost any other car in the category.
The aluminum chassis of the car give it much-needed dexterity on the roads. The steering response has improved greatly from previous iterations, making the Quattroporte a much better car to drive. Throwing it around corners feels that much more comfortable and as you accelerate the growl of the engine encourages you to keep going.
Not Everything’s Perfect
Every car has some drawbacks and the 2020 Maserati Quattroporte is not immune to issues. The original design and engine of the car are nearly a decade old and for those that have driven the original version, you might notice any stark differences. Despite its numerous refinements, the car does not have better mileage, this is something Maserati should improve in the coming iterations.
It also feels like it lacks a little maturity. The Maserati Quattroporte has been around for years and it continues to toe the line between a luxury sedan and a sports sedan. While it may be attractive to some buyers, Maserati needs to either improve and refine the car on both sides.
The flaws and the range of options available as alternatives may sway buyers to different cars, however, there is a key factor that is underplayed, exclusivity. You see people buy cars like Maserati to stand out from the crowd. The huge trident on the front is a sign to onlookers that this car is special. People may not even recognize the Maserati brand, but they will certainly have heard of the name.
Maserati uses the slogan rarely seen but always heard’ for one of its cars and frankly it applies to them as a brand. The 2020 Maserati Quattroporte is one of the cars that will certainly turn heads no matter where you go and more than that it can be heard when you start the engine and take off.