2009 Maserati Quattroporte

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2009 Maserati Quattroporte Review

Note: This review was created when the 2009 Maserati Quattroporte was new.

Pros & Cons

  • One of the most beautiful sedans on the road
  • Interior customization options make each Quattroporte unique
  • Outperforms most competitors
  • Visceral V8 exhaust note
  •  Limited cargo space hampers versatility
  • Some reviewers experienced problems with cabin electronics




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 8.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
This model has never been fully tested for reliability. Its overall score is being calculated without reliability.

2009 Maserati Quattroporte Overview

If you want the soul of a fine European sports car with the indulgence of an exclusive ultra-luxury sedan, the Quattroporte will meet all of your needs. Its Ferrari-sourced engine and composed handling balance make it an enthusiast's choice, while its sumptuous cabin and legitimate room for four make it a serviceable sedan. With nearly endless options for customization, you can order a Quattroporte that will suit your personal tastes. 

And, reviewers say, you'll get that exhaust note. Sonorous, deep and rumbling, it's like nothing else offered anywhere. It may sound absurd to suggest that a six-figure luxury automobile's finest feature is the sound it makes, but nearly every reviewer who test-drives the Quattroporte is enraptured with the song it sings. 

But it's no longer an obvious choice for buyers looking for a sporty four-door exotic.  More on that in a moment.

For 2009, the Quattroporte series has seen a significant refresh. New front and rear fascias give the already sculptural car a more refined look. And an available, all-new 4.7-liter V8 -- which Maserati sourced from Ferrari but retuned to meet this car's needs -- answers detractors who said the 2008 model was underpowered for its cost.

Maserati may have been motivated to improve the car, however, by what it sees in the rearview mirror. Porsche has recently introduced its own four-door Grand Tourer, the Panamera.  The Porsche's styling is divisive, while the Quattroporte's looks seems to please everyone -- but the Porsche will still steal some sales from Maserati with its sumptuous interior and stunning prowress on a winding road.  Aston Martin is expected to bring out a similar model, the Rapide, within the next few years. And Lamborghini is reportedly exploring the idea of its own Quattroporte competitor, the Estoque

Three trim levels of Quattroporte are offered  -- a well-equipped based model, a sportier S model featuring the new, larger V8, and a top-of-the-line GT S.

  • "$124K will buy a lot of great sedans with better resale and JD Power stats, but none will make you look or feel as fabulous as this one does." -- Motor Trend
  • "The Quattroporte S is not only a technical achievement but has also grown out of its 45-year awkward stage into one of the most desirable four-door automobiles on the road at any price, even including the portlier Bentley Continental Flying Spur, the faster but still not as agile Mercedes-Benz S600 or S65 AMG, or anything wearing the blue-and-white BMW roundel.." -- Car and Driver
  • "The soulful 2009 Maserati Quattroporte is the purebred among performance luxury sedans. ... Put it this way -- if Ferrari had applied a prancing horse logo instead of the Maserati trident, the Quattroporte would have fit right in as Modena's first production four-door." - Edmunds
  • "Gone is the grand illusion and poor reality of past vehicles, present is a reality that although high-priced, at least finally lives up to the promise of glamorous looks, a storied history and an exotic name."  -- Jalopnik
  • "It's graced with a stunning exterior design with aggressive tumblehome, an interior that looks like an Italian designer named Antonio ordered a leather bomb to be exploded in each car before it left the factory, and a glorious Italian V-8 engine that all result in a character that other luxury cars can only dream of." -- Automobile Magazine

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