At its price range, the 2015 Maserati Quattroporte GTS has a lot to make up for in both performance and luxury especially when cars of this segment are dominated by the Germans. Will the Quattroporte GTS be able to present to us a sedan that speaks Italian and also provide the performance and grace of an Italian performance car? Let’s just cut to the chase; the answer is it falls short of what you expect an Italian car of this price.
Gaps are Wide With the 2015 Maserati Quattroporte GTS, in More Ways Than One
The exterior design of Maserati’s has always been sleek, flowing, and graceful with a trademark silhouette that resembles that of a Jaguar but with more Italian flair and the same can’t be said for the 2015 Maserati Quattroporte GTS. Up front, the promising and sharp Maserati Trident is dulled with the curvy shapes of the side vents and lacks some much needed aggressiveness, the upside to this is that it will look stealthy, but how stealthy can you be when you drive a Maserati? Under the hood the Quattroporte is powered by a 3.8 Liter V8 that delivers 523hp and 524 lb-ft of torque mated to an 8 speed auto with manual shift ability.
The Interior of the 2015 Quattroporte GTS continues the understated exterior looks going for an all-black interior with touches of gloss and chrome here and there. However it seems there are out of place parts in the interior that might hint that Maserati is actually a child of the Chrysler-Fiat group of companies. The out of place switchgear throws the quality out the window and leaves you with a cheap feeling dash and center console; not good for a luxury and performance vehicle at this price point.
Performance-wise, the 2015 Maserati Quattroporte GTS is no slouch thanks to its 523hp engine. However when compared to its rivals, the Audi S8 packs the same power at 520hp but has an actually lighter body despite having the Quattro AWD system on board. Overall, driving performance is average for performance cars at this price point and is normal but there’s no wow factor that separates it from the pack. Being an Italian car in this market and price point sure sets high expectations for the consumer and the Quattroporte just falls short of delivering that Italian car experience.