Maserati Quattroporte

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Maserati Quattroporte
Production period: since 1963
Class : Upper class
Body versions : limousine

The Maserati Quattroporte is a four-door sedan from the Italian automobile manufacturer Maserati .

In addition to sports cars and GTs, Maserati can look back on decades of tradition of four-door sports sedans. The first Quattroporte was built in 1963, and since then the recipe has been: a luxurious sports car with space for four people.

Quattroporte I (1963-1970)

Maserati Quattroporte I.

The Maserati Quattroporte I overshadowed the best products from other manufacturers, including the high-performance sedans from Mercedes and Jaguar , in terms of engine performance, dynamics, agility and, in some cases, also the (chassis) technology. It had a V8 engine taken over from the brand's sports cars, which developed 191 kW (260 hp) from a displacement of 4136 cc . A variant with 4700 cm³ and an output of 213 kW (290 hp) was added later. With a top speed of 220 km / h, the Quattroporte was one of the fastest production sedans in the world in the 1960s. After the end of series production, Pietro Frua produced two, possibly three four-door special models, which were generally known as the "Quattroporte Aga Khan" and were ultimately intended to represent a proposal for a second version of the Quattroporte that was ultimately not produced in series.

776 copies were built by 1970.

Quattroporte II (1974–1978)

Maserati Quattroporte II

In the fall of 1974, the Quattroporte II was presented at the Paris Motor Show, just before Citroën sold Maserati to De Tomaso . Technically, it is closely related to the Citroën SM . Like this one, it has a 2965 cm³ V6 engine with an output of 140 kW (190 hp), and the car has front-wheel drive, a solution that is unusual for Maserati. The design of the car came from Bertone . A maximum speed of 200 km / h and an acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 10 s were specified as driving performance.

Another presentation of the car took place at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1975. The car was now equipped with a 3.2 liter version of the six-cylinder engine that was supposed to deliver 200 hp.

A total of six pre-series Quattroporte II vehicles were built in the Citroën era. After the takeover by De Tomaso, seven more cars were built from existing individual parts. Most of these vehicles were sold in individual parts to Spain in order to avoid the expensive registration process required in most other European countries; others went to South America or to Arab states.

Quattroporte III (1979–1990)

Maserati Quattroporte III

After the failure of the Quattroporte II, the new owner De Tomaso quickly provided a model that could succeed the Quattroporte I. On the one hand, De Tomaso wanted to abandon the Citroën legacy as quickly as possible; on the other hand, he saw the potential for a fast, stylish Italian limousine. As with the Maserati Kyalami model , he therefore resorted to existing substances from his own group when developing a successor: the chassis of the De Tomaso Deauville sedan, which was only slightly modified, was used as the technical basis . On the engine side, a 4.2 liter eight-cylinder was on offer until 1981, which delivered 255 hp and was good for a top speed of 220 km / h. Alternatively, there was the 4.9-liter eight-cylinder with 280 hp and later 300 hp, which was enough for 230 km / h. A manual five-speed transmission from ZF Friedrichshafen or a TorqueFlite three-speed automatic transmission from Chrysler were available as the transmission ; the latter was ordered by almost 85% of all customers. The body design had nothing to do with the Deauville; it was independent and came from Giorgio Giugiaro .

The prototype of the Quattroporte III was presented at the Turin Motor Show in November 1976. It took almost three more years before series production began. Around 2100 copies were made between 1979 and 1986. From 1986 there was a new edition called "Royale". Apart from a modified interior and an increased output of 300 hp, the car did not differ from its predecessor. Another 53 copies of the Royale were made between 1986 and 1990. The Quattroporte III or Royale was one of the most successful automobiles from Maserati.

Quattroporte IV (1994-2001)

Maserati Quattroporte IV

With the Biturbo family , smaller four-door Maserati models came onto the market in the course of the 1980s, including the 420 , 425 and 430 models . Even if they were not intended to be the immediate successors to the Quattroporte III, they were the company's only four-door models from 1990 to 1993.

It was not until the Quattroporte IV, presented in March 1994, that it bore the traditional name again, although technically and optically it was based on the Ghibli and the 430 4v. At first it was only available with V6 engines with a displacement of 2000 and 2800 cm³ (287 or 284 hp), from 1996 also with the V8 engine of the Maserati Shamal . This had a displacement of 3200 cm³ and made 246 kW (334 hp). After Ferrari became the owner of Maseratis in the spring of 1997, production of the Quattroporte IV was initially suspended in order to make changes in production. At the same time, the car was revised in numerous details. In press releases, Maserati spoke of over 400 changes to the Quattroporte that were introduced when production resumed in the spring of 1998. The models produced from 1998 had the addition Evoluzione . A total of 2,400 copies of the Quattroporte IV were produced by May 2001, of which 758 vehicles were equipped with the eight-cylinder engine.

Quattroporte V (2003-2012)

The conception

5th generation
Maserati Quattroporte (2003-2008)

Maserati Quattroporte (2003-2008)

Production period: 2003-2012
Body versions : limousine
Petrol engines 4.2-4.7 liters
(294-323 kW)
Length: 5052 mm
Width: 1895 mm
Height: 1438 mm
Wheelbase : 3064 mm
Empty weight : 1880-1990 kg

At the International Motor Show in September 2003, a new Quattroporte (type M139) , now designed by Pininfarina , was presented. With its front grille, it cites a style element of the first generation; the profile, however, and the design of the C-pillar were intended as a reminiscence of Giugiaro's Iso Fidia , a competitor of the Quattroporte I.

The Quattroporte V has the same engine as the Maserati Coupé , but here with 294 kW (400 hp). Initially, only an automatic (sequential) manual gearbox called “DuoSelect” was used, which was arranged on the rear axle (transaxle design) and designed to be very sporty, but which many customers found to be too uncomfortable for the large sedan. Since January 2007 the car has also been available as the Maserati Quattroporte Automatica with a 6-speed automatic converter from ZF that is flanged directly to the engine .

Model development

At the IAA in September 2005, two more Quattroporte were presented, the Executive GT and the Sport GT . These versions are equipment packages that are intended to reinforce the character of the car on the one hand towards luxury (Executive GT) and on the other hand towards sportiness (Sport GT).

The Maserati Quattroporte is also used as a company car by the Italian government. The President and the Prime Minister drive a version of this model armored by Carrozzeria Pavesi .

Technical specifications

engine Displacement cylinder power Max. Torque Average consumption over 100 km transmission Acceleration 0-100 km / h Top speed construction time
Petrol engines
Quattroporte 4.2 V8 4244 cc 8th 294 kW (400 hp) at 7000 min -1 451 Nm at 4500 min -1 15.8 l 6-speed automated manual transmission 5.2 s 275 km / h 09/2003-09/2008
Quattroporte 4.2 V8 4244 cc 8th 294 kW (400 hp) at 7000 min -1 451 Nm at 4500 min -1 14.7 l 6-speed automatic transmission 5.6 s 270 km / h 2007-09 / 2008
Quattroporte 4.2 V8 4244 cc 8th 295 kW (401 hp) at 7000 min -1 460 Nm at 4750 min -1 14.7 l 6-speed automatic transmission 5.6 s 270 km / h 09/2008 - 04/2013
Quattroporte S 4.7 V8 4691 cc 8th 317 kW (431 hp) at 7000 min -1 490 Nm at 4750 min -1 15.7 l 6-speed automatic transmission 5.4 s 280 km / h 09/2008 - 04/2013
Quattroporte Sport GT S 4.7 V8 4691 cc 8th 323 kW (440 hp) at 7000 min -1 460 Nm at 4750 min -1 15.7 l 6-speed sports automatic transmission 5.1 s 285 km / h 06/2009 - 04/2013


In September 2008, sales of a modified Maserati Quattroporte started. Both the optics and the technology were slightly modified. The front received LED indicators and a new radiator grille based on the Maserati GranTurismo , as well as a new front apron with integrated fog lights.

At the rear, the graphics of the lights have been slightly changed and enhanced with LED technology. In addition, the car got new side skirts, modified exterior mirrors and a different rear apron. In the interior, the center console was revised, the arrangement of the controls changed and a new multimedia system installed.

The basic engine continued to be the 4.2-liter V8 with 294 kW (400 hp), while the Quattroporte S is powered by the 4.7-liter V8 of the GranTurismo S. In the Quattroporte S, this developed 316 kW (430 hp) instead of the 323 kW (439 hp) of the GranTurismo S. In addition, the Quattroporte GT S was offered.

Production of the fifth Quattroporte was discontinued at the end of 2012.

In 2012, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority, 22 Maserati Quattroporte were newly registered in Germany, 14 of them by commercial owners.

Quattroporte VI (since 2013)

6th generation
Maserati Quattroporte (2013-2016)

Maserati Quattroporte (2013-2016)

Production period: since 2013
Body versions : limousine
Otto engines 3.0–3.8 liters
(301–427 kW)
Diesel engines
3.0 liters
(202 kW)
Length: 5262 mm
Width: 1948 mm
Height: 1481 mm
Wheelbase : 3171 mm
Empty weight : 1860-2000 kg

In autumn 2012 Maserati presented the completely new generation of the Quattroporte (type designation M156), which was introduced in spring 2013. In 2013, 7,800 Quattroporte units were sold worldwide.

The four-door model received a facelift in mid-July 2016.


At 5.26 m, the vehicle is significantly longer than the previous generation. The body is mainly made of aluminum. The Quattroporte is initially equipped with a 3.8 liter V8 with twin turbo and 390 kW (530 PS). Power is transmitted by an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF, and the top speed is 307 km / h.


In addition to the 3.8 liter V8 (Quattroporte GTS), a 3.0 V6 biturbo (Quattroporte S) with 301 kW (410 hp) is also available. The V6 model is optionally available with all-wheel drive (Quattroporte S Q4). A V6 diesel with 202 kW (275 hp) has also been available since 2014. In 2020, a new top model was presented with the 427 kW (580 PS) Trofeo .

Parameters Quattroporte S 1 Quattroporte S Q4 Quattroporte S Quattroporte S Q4 Quattroporte GTS Quattroporte Trofeo Quattroporte Diesel
Construction period 08/2013–10/2017 10/2017–08/2018 since 10/2017 03 / 2013–10 / 2017 10/2017–08/2018 since 08/2020 01 / 2014-08 / 2016 since 10/2017
Engine characteristics
Engine type 60 ° V6 petrol engine 90 ° V8 petrol engine 60 ° V6 diesel engine
Mixture preparation Direct injection
Engine charging Biturbo turbocharger
Displacement 2979 cc 3799 cc 2987 cc
Max. power 301 kW (410 PS) at 5500 rpm 316 kW (430 hp) at 5750 rpm 390 kW (530 PS) at 6500 rpm 427 kW (580 hp) at 6750 rpm 202 kW (275 hp) at 4000 rpm
Max. Torque 550 Nm at 1750-4000 rpm 580 Nm at 2250-4000 rpm 650 Nm at 2000-4000 rpm 730 Nm at 2250-5250 rpm 600 Nm at 2000-2600 rpm
Power transmission
Drive, as standard Rear wheel drive all wheel drive Rear wheel drive all wheel drive Rear wheel drive
Gearbox, as standard 8-speed automatic transmission
Top speed 285 km / h 284 km / h 288 km / h 307 km / h 310 km / h 326 km / h 250 km / h 252 km / h
Acceleration, 0-100 km / h 5.1 s 4.9 s 5.0 s 4.8 s 4.7 s 4.5 s 6.4 s
Fuel consumption over 100 km (combined) 10.4 l super 10.5 l super 9.6 l super 9.7 l super
(from 08/2018: 11.9–12.0 l super)
11.8 l super 10.7 l super 10.9-11.6 l super 6.2 l diesel 6.2 l diesel
(from 08/2018: 7.3–7.5 l diesel)
CO 2 emissions (combined) 242 g / km 246 g / km 223 g / km 226 g / km
(from 08/2018: 275–278 g / km)
274 g / km 250 g / km 282-299 g / km 163 g / km 163 g / km
(from 08/2018: 191–198 g / km)
Emission standard according to EU classification Euro 5
(from 06/2015: Euro 6)
Euro 6 Euro 6
(from 08/2018: Euro 6d-TEMP)
Euro 5
(from 06/2015: Euro 6)
Euro 6 Euro 6d Euro 5
(from 06/2015: Euro 6)
Euro 6
(from 08/2018: Euro 6d-TEMP)
1 The rear-wheel drive version is not available on the German market.

Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition

In September 2013, Maserati announced that it would present the first special model based on the sixth generation of the Quattroporte to the public that same month at the IAA in Frankfurt. The interior of the Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition has gray and mocha-colored leather, which is supposed to be reminiscent of Zegna's current men's fashion collection. The exterior is defined by a brownish effect paint. So far, Maserati has not given any information about the price of the limited special model.

Registration numbers

Since the market launch in 2004 up to and including December 2019, a total of 2,568 Maserati Quattroportes have been newly registered in the Federal Republic of Germany. 2004 was the most successful sales year with 335 units.


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Web links

Commons : Maserati Quattroporte  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  3. New registrations of passenger cars in December 2012 by segment and model series. (PDF; 387 kB) (No longer available online.) Federal Motor Transport Authority , formerly in the original ; Retrieved July 8, 2013 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
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