Got €9.000 to spare? For Sandero’s money you can have this sweet Italian pure breed instead. A 2003 Maserati Quattroporte V8! Finding too expensive for a 14 year old Italian car? Think of it as a 4 seater Ferrari or the best sounding saloon ever. Or buy it just to park in your garage and chill on its cool Italian leather seats. Don’t forge to rev it!
Styled by Pininfarina, the 4th generation Quattroporte looks are a bit controversial, some love, some hate . Some say it actually looks better today then, in 2003, when it was launched. With almost 2 tons, 5 meters long and 2 meters wide, the Quattroporte certainly has lots of personality and presence. The wheels are 18 inch. With the V8 located behind the front axle, the car looks big from the side. Parent company Ferrari located the engine aft of the front axle to create a 47/53 front-to-rear weight distribution.
The interior may have aged a bit, specially the multimedia center. But it is undoubtefully a nice place to be in, even comparing to today’s luxury cars. For €9k there is nothing even remotely like it.
There are electric sport seats, rear-seat space designed for two, trip computer, telephone, dashboard monitor and nav system. Lot of Rosewood, mahogany, or briarwood (don’t really know which kind of wood this specific car has) and authentic Poltrona Frau leather seats.
Now, this is what the car is all about. The crown jewel, the cake’s frosting, the cherry, the heart and soul, the reason why you want this 14 years old Italian saloon: the 400 hp Ferrari 4.2 litre V8.
The transmission is a Corsa automated 6 speed one clutch gearbox with paddle shifts. This four-doors goes from 0 to 100 in 5.2 seconds, top speed is 270 km/h. The soundtrack is a rising crescendo of induction and exhaust music across the entire rev range.
Just forget about the old one-clutch Corsa 6 speed automatized gearbox, 0-100 or top speed figures. Just listen to this Quattroporte GTS from the movie Intouchable. It is a newer model but they carry the same essence.
And watch this Fifth Gear review
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