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Test Drive: The Maserati Quattroporte

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There is a stretch of road in the mountains above Nice that tightly twists and turns as it runs steeply and narrowly uphill. On this foggy morning, the road is what the locals call “slippy” wet, but it’s a route that Maserati’s new 2014 four-door Quattroporte handles with the speed and agility of a drive on a bright, sunny day. The distinctive Italian purr of the 3.8-liter, 524-horsepower turbocharged V-8 engine nicely complements the dynamic bass adjustments of the brilliant British Bowers & Wilkins sound system as it compensates to mask road noise. At high speed loud winds become apparent, though they do prove to be an audible reminder that this car can move from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 191 miles per hour. Wet pavement was the norm for the day, and the Quattroporte’s Increased Control and Efficiency (ICE) mode was engaged for much of the 260-mile route, while an electronically adjusted suspension system maintained a comfortable ride in the Poltrona Frau–leather interior with its spacious rear seats. The Quattroporte Maserati V-8 starts at $130,000;


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