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2008 Maserati Quattroporte

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Maserati Quattroporte Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 400 hp @ 7000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2008 Maserati Quattroporte

  • The 2008 Maserati Quattroporte is a performance luxury sedan with soul. It may come at a premium, but the Quattroporte stirs emotions like no other car in this segment.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Memorable styling inside and out, excellent handling, sonorous V8 soundtrack.

  • Cons

    Costlier and less powerful than some competitors.

  • What's New for 2008

    The 2008 Maserati Quattroporte is now only offered with an automatic transmission -- the F1-style DuoSelect clutchless gearbox has been discontinued for North America. Other changes this year are related to trim level organization. The Sport GT model is only available in uplevel "S" trim, and a luxurious limited-edition Collezione Cento model joins the Quattroporte lineup.

Full 2008 Maserati Quattroporte Review

What's New for 2008

The 2008 Maserati Quattroporte is now only offered with an automatic transmission -- the F1-style DuoSelect clutchless gearbox has been discontinued for North America. Other changes this year are related to trim level organization. The Sport GT model is only available in uplevel "S" trim, and a luxurious limited-edition Collezione Cento model joins the Quattroporte lineup.


Certain things just sound better in other languages. Women wear fancy French perfumes called eau de toilette, even though it translates as "water of the toilet." Every English speaker would agree that "I don't know what" can't hold a candle to je ne sais quoi. In the same vein, a vehicle known as the Chevrolet Four Door would be laughed off the auto show stage. Yet when translated into Italiano, that thoroughly boring "Four Door" moniker becomes the sexy, tongue-slithering Quattroporte. One can almost hear Sophia Loren passionately whispering it. The 2008 Maserati Quattroporte has one of the most mellifluous names in the automotive world -- and happily, it's got looks and moves to match.

The visually striking Quattroporte boasts ample power, sharp handling and a superb automatic transmission. It's probably the closest thing available to a Ferrari sedan. In fact, the Quattroporte's sole engine is a Ferrari-sourced 400-horsepower V8, and it certainly sounds and feels the part. Performance-wise, the Quattroporte is on par with the Mercedes-Benz S550, but a few ticks behind more powerful competitors like the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, Audi S8 and BMW's M5 and Alpina B7.

In spirited driving, the Quattroporte delivers the kind of sporty handling one expects from the nation shaped like one of Nancy Sinatra's boots. Despite its rather hefty 4,400-pound curb weight, the Maserati manages to feel like a car half its size, with well-weighted steering, limited body roll and an eternal eagerness to change direction. The Quattroporte comes standard with Maserati's Skyhook, which is the company's name for an adaptive suspension and not a new technology developed by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Controlled by a button on the dashboard, Skyhook can be set to the firm-but-comfortable Normal mode or the noticeably firmer Sport setting.

With a starting MSRP close to $115,000, the 2008 Maserati Quattroporte is more dear than many other performance luxury sedans, and its straight-line punch is only adequate. Yet this Italian Flagship, as Maserati calls it, is not only a great choice for driving enthusiasts, it's also the aesthetician's pick, with stunning Pininfarina styling and an interior that can be made to order. While its German rivals go about their business with stern efficiency (both in performance and nomenclature), the Quattroporte is all about Italian passion -- even if it really just means "four-door."

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2008 Maserati Quattroporte is a performance luxury sedan offered in base, Sport GT S, Executive GT or Collezione Cento trim.

Standard equipment on the base Quattroporte includes 18-inch wheels, the Skyhook active suspension system, bi-xenon headlamps, a sunroof, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a Bose audio system with six-CD changer and a navigation system. The enthusiast-oriented Sport GT S features a sport-tuned passive suspension in place of the Skyhook setup as well as 20-inch wheels, larger brakes, a sport steering wheel, carbon-fiber interior trim and steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. The Executive GT is more luxury-oriented, featuring 19-inch wheels, a wood-trimmed steering wheel, an Alcantara headliner, rear climate controls and a rear-seat comfort package with heat, cooling and massage. The limited-production Collezione Cento trim ups the luxury quotient even further by adding accoutrements like mother-of-pearl dash inlays and a multimedia entertainment system with Internet connectivity.

Rear climate controls are optional on base and Sport GT S models, and run-flat tires can be selected on base and Executive GT trims, among numerous other available options. Quattroportes can also be customized with a wide selection of exterior paints and interior leather color combinations.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2008 Maserati Quattroporte is powered by a 4.2-liter V8 engine that churns out 400 hp and 340 pound-feet of torque. This power is sent to the rear wheels via an exemplary six-speed automatic transmission. Maserati says a Quattroporte Automatic will run to 60 mph in the mid 5-second range.


The Quattroporte comes well stocked with safety features. Front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, traction control, antilock brakes and stability control are all standard.

Interior Design and Special Features

As a low-volume, high-end luxury car, the Maserati Quattroporte can be customized to meet the individual buyer's needs with a variety of cabin trims and leather colors. Want a hideous combo of Cuiuo burnt orange and Bordeaux red? Maserati will set you up, although the word stupido may be overheard during production in Maserati's Modena factory. Seating is comfortable (though we'd like more lateral support) and tailored for four, as indicated by the aggressive contours of the outboard rear seats. The handsome dash and console has a healthy dollop of look-alike buttons, so it takes awhile to acclimate to some controls. The standard navigation system is one of the slowest-reacting and poorly detailed systems we've ever used.

Driving Impressions

The 2008 Maserati Quattroporte's automatic transmission is perfect for the American performance luxury sedan market, offering crisp downshifts and seamless operation. From behind the wheel, the Quattroporte feels confident and responsive, with appropriately adroit handling and arguably the best V8 soundtrack in its class. Under regular driving, the Quattroporte offers a smooth, supple ride comparable to other full-size luxury cars.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


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Vehicle: 2008 Maserati Quattroporte Executive GT Automatic 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)

I am disappointed with this car. I am very glad I set up a lease instead of purchasing it. At first, the car looked stunning in the dealer. I took a test drive, and it drove well on the streets. I wanted to experiment with Maserati. I thought this car was great, until I saw the Mercedes Benz CLS 63 AMG. My lease was nearing an end, and I already had complaints with the car. The rear seat comfort was not acceptable. I didn't realize this, since I am normally the one driving. Also, the Navigation malfunctioned. The power is lacking compared to my former Mercedes Benz E55 AMG. Overall, I think it was a good experience to try the Maserati, because now I now to stick with Mercedes AMG.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Better than expected

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Vehicle: 2008 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S Automatic 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)

I was very much ready to lease my third S class when I decided that I should at least explore the possibility of a Quattroporte. Now I cannot fathom ever buying from the Germans again. The car was bought for the looks and sporting credentials but I have been surprised by the quality and reliability. Despite the 20 in wheels the car rides well in the city where it spends most of its time. On the freeway there is plenty of power on tap though the car is downright lazy compared to the AMGs of my past. Regardless, the car is so well balanced, I prefer it. I've always loved cars but now I really love MY car.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful


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Vehicle: 2008 Maserati Quattroporte Collezione Cento Automatic 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)

The Maserati Quattroporte is about the sexiest sedan you'll ever see, and its Italian craftsmanship reflects passion. Its styling, by the legendary Pininfarina, shows them all how it should be done, without tricks. The lines are so shapely they're striking. Its cabin is roomy for a car this low and stylish, but it's really all about the quality of its materials, with nine shades of leather and six types of wood to choose from. The controls could and should be simpler, but that's true of all the top luxury cars today.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

Bravissimo! bella! bella!

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Vehicle: 2008 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S Automatic 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)

This a big car (4,000 lbs.) but can really get out of its own way, lovely growl (!!!), fast, gorgeous, well appointed, superb road feel...and I love the paddle shifters (its got that amazing Ferrari transmission). Did not expect to be so impressed by this car but am still raving to all my friends about it. Good experience at the dealership too!

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