Maserati Quattroporte: Spotted


It feels like quite a long time since Maserati released a car worth getting excited about. The Ghibli was a missed opportunity and the Levante can only be judged a success in PH books if it brings in the money to build new 'proper' cars. There haven't been any of those for a while though.

This sees us casting our minds further back, to Maserati's re-emergence as a manufacturer of desirable sporting saloons, and to the fifth generation of Quattroporte. First produced in 2004, it boasted svelte Italian styling and a sumptuous, naturally aspirated, 4.2-litre V8, putting out 406hp and 339lb ft - and bestowing it with a 170mph top speed.


Today's Spotted seems a very nice example, too. First off, and most importantly, the original owner correctly specced it with the six-speed ZF automatic 'box, rather than the ruinous - mechanically and financially - DuoSelect automated manual which earlier cars were lumped with. Then there's the equipment list, which seems to include, well, almost everything that you could put in a car a decade ago. And finally, there's the appearance, with a nice subtle spec and everything - bar a little wear on the seats - appearing to be in tip top condition. For a shade under £16,000 it'd be hard to imagine getting much more Maserati for your money.


As our Buying Guide points out though, even in its best form, running a Quattroporte is not for the faint of heart. Maintenance costs can run into the thousands, while fuel economy can rarely be expected to rise out of the teens. This may no longer be the £70,000-plus car it once was, but it will certainly have retained the running costs of the automotive echelon to which it is accustomed. What the sleepless nights worrying about that rattle you think you heard, and newfound familiarity with your local petrol stations will earn you, though, is a fantastic example of what Maserati can do when it puts its mind to it. A magnificent engine, a spine tingling soundtrack accompanying you on every drive, and a level of style and sophistication that none of the German equivalents can hope to match.


SPECIFICATION - MASERATI QUATTROPORTE

Engine: 4,244cc, V8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 406@7,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 339@4,500rpm
MPG: 19.2 (NEDC combined)
CO2: 340g/km
First registered: 2007
Recorded mileage: 51,000
Price new: £80,220
Price now: £15,990

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  • Turbobanana 07 Feb 2018

    Love it, and a lot of car for the money.

    Can't help but think that Maserati should go back to doing what they originally did - building sports / supercars. A decent rival to the likes of McLaren, Pagani, Lamborghini etc, plus an SUV cash cow, should prove popular, no?

    Plenty of history to reference back to...

  • Never you mind 07 Feb 2018

    Turbobanana said:
    Love it, and a lot of car for the money.

    Can't help but think that Maserati should go back to doing what they originally did - building sports / supercars. A decent rival to the likes of McLaren, Pagani, Lamborghini etc, plus an SUV cash cow, should prove popular, no?

    Plenty of history to reference back to...
    They have an SUV cash cow, it looks terrible.

  • greggy50 07 Feb 2018

    Is it possible to purchase a decent aftermarket warranty on one of these?

    Even if it was say £3k a year it would still probably be good value and provide some piece of mind...

  • Turbobanana 07 Feb 2018

    Never you mind said:
    Turbobanana said:
    Love it, and a lot of car for the money.

    Can't help but think that Maserati should go back to doing what they originally did - building sports / supercars. A decent rival to the likes of McLaren, Pagani, Lamborghini etc, plus an SUV cash cow, should prove popular, no?

    Plenty of history to reference back to...
    They have an SUV cash cow, it looks terrible.
    Agreed - should have said "an attractive SUV cash cow".

    Although Porsche seem to have done OK with the Cayenne, which has all the visual appeal of a dustbin.

  • warrench 07 Feb 2018

    greggy50 said:
    Is it possible to purchase a decent aftermarket warranty on one of these?

    Even if it was say £3k a year it would still probably be good value and provide some piece of mind...
    With these, and any masser new or old, that is what you'd want to budget annually for maintenance plus a bit on the side in a sinking fund for the bigger 2-3 year jobs, so not sure how much value you'd get out of that kind of warranty IMHO. They aren't wrong in the article when they say even if it's mondeo money for an Italian exotic, the operating costs are still the same and you have to expect/budget for that.

    It's worth it though - after the sleepless nights and staring down the barrel of impending financial ruin, you do just fall in love with these and they drive your soul!

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