Exotic car; Built in Italy
  • 4-door sedan
  • longitudinal front-engine/rear-wheel drive
Good condition price range: $NA – $NA*


2008 Maserati Quattroporte Front


2008 Maserati Quattroporte Rear


2008 Maserati Quattroporte Profile


2008 Maserati Quattroporte Rear-2


2008 Maserati Quattroporte Front-2

Pros:
  • Acceleration
  • Engine noise
  • Handling
Cons:
  • Trunk space
  • Fuel economy
  • Rear-seat room

In terms of space and road isolation, this curvaceous sedan badly trails the likes of Mercedes’s vaunted S-Class sedans. Shoppers with a lust for the road may find the Quattroporte more to their liking, however, as this Maserati aptly blends automotive passion with surprising refinement. For spirited driving, lush interior appointments, and hypnotic engine music, Quattroporte is a must-see.

Overview

Introduced for 2005, Quattroporte was the Italian automaker’s sedan–a five-passenger companion to the company’s smaller coupes and convertibles. “Quattroporte” meant, simply, “four doors. Maserati described the new sedan as “contemporary Italian art” with a “sporty temperament.” Styling details included a long hood, prominent grille, steeply raked windshield, and low-slung front fenders that contained “portholes” (reminiscent of those in late 1940s-1950s Buicks). Interiors could be finished in standard Rosewood; or in mahogany, briarwood, or titanium-style. A button in the center rear armrest could be use to push the front passenger forward, for increased rear legroom.

All early Quattroportes came with a 400-horsepower, 4.2-liter V8 engine, mounted behind the front axle. A six-speed “DuoSelect” automated-manual was the sole transmission offering, mounted at the rear for increased rear weight bias. Maserati claimed that placement improved handling. Lacking a clutch pedal, the DuoSelect transmission could be set to shift like an automatic, or gearchanging could be accomplished using shift paddles mounted at the steering column. A Skyhook automatic-damping suspension was standard, as were Brembo disc brakes. Alloy wheels held 18-inch tires. Weight distribution was 43/57 (front/rear). Maserati claimed 0-60 mph acceleration in as little as 5.1 seconds, and each car was road-tested in Italy. Standard safety features included antilock braking, traction control, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags. An optional front-seat Comfort package included heating, ventilating, and massaging, plus an automatic system that adjusted seat padding according to the occupant’s movements.

Quattroporte competitors included the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Maserati had been out of the U.S. market since 1991. Then, in 2002, the Italian automaker introduced a new Spider convertible, followed by a GT coupe. The Quattroporte made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, in fall 2003, as the first Maserati designed by Pininfarina in half a century.

Yearly Updates

2006 Quattroporte
The 2006 Maserati Quattroporte was available in three trim levels: base, Executive GT, and Sport GT. Base price was $105,000, but the Executive GT sedan commanded $117,250. The Sport GT included aluminum pedals, carbon fiber trim on the steering wheel, and a Sport button that cut transmission shift times by a claimed 35 percent. An Executive GT sedan had chrome front and side griles,19-inch wheels, and a Comfort Pack that included heated/ventilated/massaging front seats, retractable wood tables, retractable privacy screens, and Alcantara suede roof headlining.
2007 Quattroporte
Presumably responding to complaints about lurching and jerking from the original Ferrari-engineered DuoSelect automated-manual transmission when in automatic mode, a conventional six-speed automatic transmission was introduced for the 2007 Maserati Quattroporte. The DuoSelect unit remained available, at least temporarily.
2008 Quattroporte
No significant changes were announced for the 2008 Maserati Quattroporte. All models had an antiskid system, 14-way adjustable front seats with driver-seat memory, dual-zone climate control, a navigation system, rear obstacle detection, and bi-xenon headlights. Available features included power ventilated, massaging front and rear seats, rear climate control, rear privacy screens, and carbon-fiber interior trim.
2009 Quattroporte
Three V8 engines were available in the 2009 Maserati Quattroporte: a 400-horsepower 4.2 liter in the base mode, 425-horsepower 4.7-liter in the S sedan; and a 433-hp 4.7-liter in the Sport GT S. All Quattroportes had a six-speed automatic transmission, with steering-column-mounted paddles for manual gear selection optional on the S model (standard on Sport GT S).
2010 Quattroporte
Few changes were evident for the 2010 Maserati Quattroporte. Maserati rated the 4.7-liter V8 at 430 and 440 horsepower this year. Sport GT S models, with the most potent V8, had a lowered, stiffer sport suspension.
2011 Quattroporte
Little change was evident for the 2011 Maserati Quattroporte. S models had an adjustable suspension with Normal and Sport settings, which was optional for the base Quattroporte. A models had heated power-adjustable front seats with driver’s memory, dual-zone climate control, rear-obstacle detection, and a hard drive for storing digital-music files. The standard navigation system got revised controls for 2011.
2012 Quattroporte
No significant changes were announced for the 2012 Maserati Quattroporte S and Sport GT S, but the base model was gone. A redesigned Quattroporte debuted at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January 2013.

Engines

longitudinal front-engine/rear-wheel drive

In base Quattroportes, a 4.2-liter V8 generated 400 horsepower. Two versions of the 4.7-liter V8 have been available since 2009: 425-430 horsepower in the S sedan, and 433-440 horsepower in the Sport GT S. Early models might have a six-speed automatic transmission (added for 2007), or a six-speed DuoSelect automated-manual unit. Since 2009, only the conventional automatic has been offered.

dohc V8
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 4.2/256
Engine HP 400
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 339
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
11/16
12/18
dohc V8
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 4.7/286
Engine HP 425-440
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 361
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
6-speed automatic

11/18

Road Test

With the conventional automatic transmission, a Quattroporte lacks the immediate thrust of rivals with larger V8s from BMW or Mercedes-Benz. Once underway, however, this sedan’s Ferrari-sourced engine shines, pulling vigorously as revs climb. The responsive, well-matched transmission shifts with authority but is never harsh. No model with the DuoSelect transmission has been made available for Consumer Guide to test. Road-testing of an early Quattroporte affirmed that the complaints of lurching and jerking from the DuoSelect transmission were well-founded. Operation was entirely out of character for a car in this league.

Consumer Guide has had no opportunity to measure fuel economy, but EPA estimates have fallen far short of thrifty. Quattroportes require premium-grade gasoline.

Maserati places a high value on road feel, so every road-surface nuance is communicated into the cabin. Nevertheless, this sedan’s ride is remarkably free of harshness. Buyers attuned to more-conventional luxury suspension tuning may find Quattroporte’s ride more challenging than relaxing. Enthusiasts will praise the car’s engaging demeanor.

Handling is sharper than can be reasonably expected from a large, heavy sedan. Remarkable balance in corners and direct, communicative steering combine for rewarding, sports-car-like agility.

More music than mechanical noise, the Quattroporte’s engine is a delight to hear rev, encouraging aggressive driving. The engine is always heard, even in relaxed cruising; but for most Maserati drivers, that’s probably just fine. Wind and road noise are generally squelched, though Quattroporte doesn’t even approach the hushed cabin environment of Mercedes S-Class sedans.

Large, clearly marked gauges make getting vital information a snap. Most controls are logically placed and easy to use. The standard navigation system in early models is a nightmare of nonsensical buttons and knobs however, requiring lengthy study before use. We haven’t had an opportunity to test the later navigation system. More private library than car interior, the Quattroporte’s cabin exudes luxury, with sumptuous leather accented by real wood and chrome trim. The only disappointment is a standard headliner that looks and feels cheap. An available Alcantara headliner looks fabulous, and might be worth looking for in a secondhand Quattroporte; but at these new-car prices, it ought to have been standard.

Despite its sporty, contoured visage, Quattroporte is surprisingly roomy up front, with sufficient headroom and legroom for most folks. Decently large door openings make for graceful entry and exit. The rear seat offers far less space than the limo-like Mercedes-Benz S-Class or BMW 7-Series. Two adults will fit fine for shorter jaunts, though headroom is tight for six-footers.

A smallish trunk means packing lightly for anything more than a weekend getaway. Cabin storage is little better, comprised mostly of a narrow center console and small-item glovebox.

Ratings

Model Tested: 2008 Maserati Quattroporte with automatic

Ratings values are on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the best. With the exception of Value, these numbers reflect how the vehicle compares against the universe of vehicles, not just against rivals in its class.

Performance

Acceleration - 8
80%
Fuel Economy - 2
20%
Ride Quality - 7
70%
Steering/Handling - 9
90%
Quietness - 6
60%

Accommodations

Controls/Materials - 8
80%
Room/Comfort Front - 8
80%
Room/Comfort Rear - 4
40%
Cargo Room - 2
20%

Other

Value - 8
80%

Total: 62

Specifications

4-door sedan
Wheelbase (in.) Length (in.) Width (in.) Height (in.) Weight (lbs)
120.6 200.7 74.6 56.6
Cargo Volume (cu/ft) Payload Capacity (cu/ft) Fuel Capacity (gal.) Seating Capacity
15.1 23.8 5
Headroom Legroom
Front Rear Front Rear
NA NA NA NA
Safety Ratings

Model Tested: N/A

NHTSA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Impact Test

Driver Injury - N/A
N/A0%
Front Passenger Injury - N/A
N/A0%

Side Impact Test

Driver Injury - N/A
N/A0%
Rear Passenger Injury - N/A
N/A0%

HLDI

(A score of 100 is average. Lower is better)

Collision N/A
Injury N/A
Theft N/A

Trouble Spots

Recall History

2012 Quattroporte
Description: Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) may malfunction due to a software error and may not alert the driver to low tire pressure.

Equipment Lists

Equipment lists are only viewable on larger screen sizes.

Pricing

Used-car pricing varies widely depending on local market conditions. Therefore, we recommend visiting websites that list used cars for sale to get a better idea of what a specific model is selling for in your area.