Maserati Quattroporte facelift: old vs new compared

Alex Ingram
June 15, 2016

The subtlest of facelifts and improved in-car tech are among changes to the updated Maserati Quattroporte. We compare old against new…

The Maserati Quattroporte has been treated to a mid-life facelift. The graceful Italian alternative to the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class gains upgrades to equipment levels and a few choice styling tweaks. We compare the updated Maserati with the car it replaces to find out what’s new.

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Maserati Quattroporte old vs new – styling

Picking out external changes between old and new Quattroportes makes for one of the more advanced games of ‘spot the difference’ in the motoring world. The most noticeable tweak comes in the form of a front grille which is wider and flatter than before, bringing with it a look that fits more closely with the Levante SUV.

A deeper air dam in the front bumper now features electrically controlled air shutters that open and close according to the engine’s need for cool air. This, alongside the other changes, helps contribute towards a body shape that’s 10 per cent more aerodynamically efficient than the pre-facelift car. Elsewhere, the door mirrors have been subtly reshaped and, apart from new matt black finish on the diffuser in the rear bumper, the back end remains unchanged.

Two new trim levels are available at extra cost beyond the standard Quattroporte models. The GranLusso adds some subtle exterior styling changes including 20-inch alloy wheels and black brake calipers. As the name suggests, the GranSport goes for a more purposeful look – a striking set of 21-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers and extra black detailing on sections of the bumpers distinguish it from the rest of the range.

Maserati Quattroporte old vs new – interior

Slip inside the revised Quattroporte and it remains business as usual. The the most noteworthy change comes in the form of an improved infotainment system paired to a display that’s grown to 8.4 inches. Functions can be controlled by both the touch-sensitive screen or a new rotary dial mounted just behind the gear selector. The screen itself sits above redesigned air conditioning controls.

The materials used in cabin are new too, depending on spec. The GranLusso features a mix of leather upholstery and a silk-like fabric on the seats, doors, headliner and sun blinds. The steering wheel is trimmed in leather with wood inserts, or full-leather as an optional extra.

The GranSport’s driver and front passenger gain a greater level of side support thanks to larger seat bolsters, while sections of the cabin finished in wood inside the GranLusso are replaced with carbon fibre.

Maserati Quattroporte old vs new – driving and engines

The Quattroporte’s engine lineup remains unchanged. That means that a pair of 3.0-litre V6 units – one petrol, one diesel – sitting below a 3.8-litre petrol V8. The largest Ferrari-derived unit produces 530hp thanks to a pair of turbochargers. A 4.7-second 0-62mph time is identical to the figure the outgoing model achieved, but top speed has risen by 2mph (thanks to those refined aerodynamics) for a new 193mph maximum.

As before, all engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard and drive is sent to the rear wheels only. A range of semi-autonomous driver assists, such as adaptive cruise control with stop and go, forward collision warning and a surround view camera are now standard across the range.

Maserati Quattroporte old vs new – prices and release date

Prices for the revised model have climbed throughout the range. The diesel costs from £70,510 – an increase of £1,275, while the V6 petrol is priced from £82,750 – a £1,185 climb. GranLusso and Gran Sport versions each add £8,400 to those figures. The V8-powered GTS costs £115,980, and all updated models are available to order now.