While other luxury vehicles have keyless ignition, Maserati have kept with the quaint tradition of putting a key into the ignition barrel.
While other luxury vehicles have keyless ignition, Maserati have kept with the quaint tradition of putting a key into the ignition barrel. That is by no means a complaint or sleight because when you turn the Maserati Quattroporte's key so many things happen that it is hard to pinpoint which one to smile at first. Let me explain; at the first notch position, the seat slides into your preferred position and there are fourteen different ones to choose from. The next turn of the key starts the engine, which produces such a delicious burbling noise that should be made available as a ring-tone. But more of that later.
The front passenger has the same seat functionality but only the driver has three memory buttons, which also save the mirror and steering wheel position settings.
There is an optional front seat comfort pack for people who simply must have heating, ventilation and massage functions as they drive but it does add £3,974 to the basic price. Rear passengers are not left out as they, too, have electrical positioning and adjustment to their seats and for a further, £3,967 they can also enjoy all the delights of the comfort pack.
The level of comfort in the Maserati Quattroporte has been improved throughout, with adjustments to the driving position, seating and multifunctional steering wheel. The instruments have been re-arranged for better ergonomics and a small but convenient storage compartment has been added to the central tunnel.
Craftsmanship in wood and leather is evident within the cabin, making it feel as if a little bit of Reform Club had been put on wheels. There are three new woods joining the existing choices; Starwood, Vavona and Polished Wenge and, for a slicker look, there are Piano Black and Blu Laque finishes available.
Beautifully stitched, Poltrona Frau leather covers the seats and door panels. It is the result of a special tanning treatment, which makes the leather super-soft but durable; cool in summer and warm in winter. Each headrest bears the Maserati Trident emblem just in case it slips your mind.
Maserati Quattroporte Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Maserati Quattroporte|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||5.6 Seconds|
|Top Speed||167 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||26.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / Unlimited miles|
|Price (when tested on the 17/03/09)||£77,330 OTR|