While the Maserati brand built its name on race cars, the company — now owned by Fiat SpA (FIATY.PK) — has spent much of the last several years building large luxury coaches that compete with the top-end offerings from the likes of Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW, alongside its staple GT cars.
Bloomberg contributor Jason Harper recently got a shot behind the wheel of the new Maserati Quattroporte GTS, and to start, set out to clear a few misconceptions about the flagship sedan. ”Put away those thoughts of the Italian supercar of your dreams,” Harper writes. “Think of the Quattroporte as a rival to capacious luxury cars like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG, Audi S8, and BMW B7 Alpina. This car is aimed at the reclining CEO or perhaps even a fortunate family.”
Although a new Quattroporte will start around $105,600, the GTS edition that Harper was putting through its paces was priced at a lofty $159,600. For that amount, the buyer is treated to 523 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque by means of a naturally aspirated V8 (while the lesser twin-turbo V6s are available in all-wheel drive, Harper notes that the V8 is only available in the rear-wheel format).