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2017 Maserati Quattroporte facelift gets improved aero, expanded lineup

Maserati has updated its flagship model, the Quattroporte, with the introduction of two new trim levels for the high-end sedan.

2017 Maserati Quattroporte

Three and a half years since the introduction of the sixth generation Quattroporte VI, it has received a significant update from Maserati. There’s an aggressive new front fascia, vertical chrome accents and a grille resembling a shark’s mouth more than ever. The end result is a familiar but strikingly new Quattroporte, but more significantly, one that is 10 per cent more aerodynamic.

Maserati has launched the new Quattroporte with two new trim variants, known as the GranLusso and GranSport. The GranLusso makes the sedan even more luxurious, adding an Ermenegildo Zegna Edition silk fabric interior, seat tailoring and exclusive open-pore Radica wood covering the interior. The GranLusso also receives 20-inch Mercurio rims, black calipers, and comfortable luxuries like heated rear seats, four-zone climate control, an electric sun blind and power-adjustable foot pedals.

The GranSport on the other hand, as you can probably imagine, is the fire-breather of the two, with a range of options focussed on speed and performance above anything else. The restyle includes new side air intakes, aggressive rear spoiler, and a more aerodynamic front grille which can be optioned in black. The GranSport variant rides on 21-inch Titano rims.

2017 Maserati Quattroporte GranLusso-dash

On the inside, the GranSport receives performance-focussed seats and a sport steering wheel which can be optioned in leather or full carbon. This is complimented by stainless steel sport pedals and an aluminium gear lever.

Maserati also offers customers its optional Exterior Carbon Pack for GranSport trim, which adds carbon mirrors, door handles, B-pillar cover plus a carbon front bumper.

Talking engines, Maserati is offering the latest Quattroporte with three options. There’s the base diesel model which is powered by a 205kW/600Nm 3.0-litre turbo V6, with a 0-100km/h time of 6.4 seconds.

Stepping up into the Quattroporte S, the V6 petrol gives you a 3.0-litre Ferrari-produced twin-turbo V6, transferring 305kW/550Nm through the rear wheels, good for 286km/h and a 0-100km/h time of 5.1 seconds.

The flagship Quattroporte GTS is powered by a mental 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8, pushing 395kW and peak torque of 710Nm to the rear wheels. The GTS can sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds, and onto a top speed of 310km/h.

All variants are equipped with a Maserati-tuned ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, electronic Skyhook shock absorbers, and an even weight distribution of 50:50. Thanks to an aluminium chassis construction, Maserati is billing the latest Quattroporte as the most luxurious but capable Quattroporte yet.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.