In the early 2000s, the Maserati brand was seen as a carmaker that combined the best of luxury with high-end performance. They launched a slew of cars and brought along some refreshments to older models. The design philosophy tied in well with the brand’s racing heritage. At the time, no car in the market looked as good or sounded as good as a Maserati.
Maserati has been in the luxury sedan market for a very long time. They perfected the formula before there was even a formula. Their aim was simple; create a car that looked stunning but sounded like a beast on wheels. More importantly, they made sure the cars were luxurious. Their four-door car, the Maserati Quattroporte has been around since 1963. While in recent years its German and British rivals have somewhat pipped it, the older versions are still iconic.
It was around the mid-2000s when Maserati decided to up the performance game with a Sports GT version. This variant is among the most popular Maserati’s ever sold and for good reason.
The Start of Something New
Maserati has a propensity to make blazing-fast cars. The Quattroporte was their attempt at creating something sophisticated for the masses. While they managed to put a jacket on the beast, they never managed to tame it. The result was a beautiful car that could also frighten you with its acceleration and sheer power.
However, purists deemed the Quattroporte was far too refined for their tastes. Maserati knew that they had to cater to all audiences. In a bid to do so, they made launched two new variants of the Quattroporte, the Executive GT, and the Sport GT. Today we will focus on the Maserati Quattroporte Sports GT.
While the Quattroporte itself was very performance-oriented, the Sport GT was created to up the ante. The Maserati Quattroporte Sports GT came with a slightly better-tuned suspension setup, brakes, and a faster transmission. The Sport GT, true to its name had a few sporty bits on the inside and the outside.
In this article, we shall take a look at three iconic Sport GT models and find out what made each of them so special.
Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT 2006
The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT 2006 is by no means a small car. It is a luxury sedan through and through. From the sweeping curves to the coupe-like rear line, the car’s design does well to hide the size but it becomes apparent the longer you look at it. The Sport GT comes with a black chrome mesh that is on the front grille and side fender vents.
You could also get over 15 different custom paint jobs on the exteriors. The Pininfarina design house, which is responsible for the exterior has also taken over on the interior design. The interiors are clutter-free, there is plush leather everywhere, and there is also a Bose stereo in case you ever get bored of that beautiful exhaust note. The rear is also plenty spacious, as this generation of the Quattroporte is not only wider but also longer.
Under the hood, you get a 4.2-liter DOHC V8 that was built in Maranello. As a result, you get 395 horses, a zero to sixty time of 5.1 seconds, and a top speed of 171mph. The cherry on top is the special exhaust system that has been installed on the Sport GT that hits every note and grunts with aplomb. It handles with equal pizzaz, one ride on this and it will knock your socks off. The Maserati Sport GT 2006 reviews have been stellar, it is a car that has been received with heaps of praise.
Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT 2007
In many ways, the previous iteration of the Maserati Quattroporte Sports GT was nearly perfect, nearly. The newer 2007 Maserati Quattroporte Sports GT does one better. It is the closest thing you will ever get to a Ferrari sedan and we mean this in the best possible way. The car comes with tons of power and a drivetrain that makes it deceptively nice to handle. The transmission system is also noteworthy. The car comes with options between the F1-based DuoSelect and an automatic transmission system. The 4.2-liter V8 engine delivers nearly 400 bhp and can do zero to sixty in just about 5.6 seconds.
The Maserati is also a beautiful car to behold. It retains the familiar design from the previous model and adds to it. The design changes are very subtle, with a few differences in the sculpt of the hood and the flow of the rear. Maserati knows not to alter a winning formula. In almost any and every single one of the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT 2007 review, you will find that people are taken aback by the sheer brilliance of the car.
Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT 2008
The third iteration of the Sport GT is where Maserati has reached peak levels of refinement. There are minimal changes to the car and you won’t be able to find them at first glance, however, once you take it for a spin you will be able to discern it from a previous generation Maserati Quattroporte.
The Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT 2008 gets a newer sports-oriented suspension in place of the Skyhook adaptive system. The result is a firmer ride but with much better handling. You also get 20-inch wheels, sports steering, carbon-fiber interior trim, shift paddles, and larger brakes. If you specifically want the 2008 model, you will only be able to snag an automatic model. The performance metrics remain the same. Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT specs might not look much on paper. The same 4.2-liter V8 churns out 400 bhp and 340 lb-ft of torque along with zero to sixty times under the mid-5-second mark.
The Maserati Quattroporte Sports GT is a car that is built for enthusiasts. If you enjoy the loud and vibrant ring of the exhaust, the pull you back into the seat performance, and most importantly, the look and feel of an Italian car, this is for you. The driving experience is the crown jewel while everything else, including the luxury aspect of this car, plays the second fiddle. There might be a few gripes, however, we are sure you will forget all about it once you put your foot down and let the growling take you over.