Sport GT S spec gets lower, stiffer chassis, bigger wheels and better brakes
28 August 2007

Modenese sports car specialist Maserati has today announced details of a sporty makeover for its Quattroporte four-door executive saloon. The £80,000 four-seater will be on show at next month’s Frankfurt show in a new, more driver focussed specification called Sport GT S. Described by Maserati as “the ultimate expression of Maserati’s saloon sportiness,” it’s a version of the brand’s recently introduced Quattroporte Automatic with a new chassis setup, new brakes, new wider 20in alloy wheels, and a more aggressive look.

Sharper, lower, harder…

This new Quattroporte rides 10mm lower than standard at the front axle, and 25mm lower at the rear. Maserati has thrown out its variable rate Skyhook dampers for this incarnation, and replaced them with single rate dampers and a firmer “racing set-up”.At each corner of the car are new dual-cast brake discs developed in collaboration with Brembo, and made of a hybrid of cast iron and aluminium for greater resistance to brake fade. It’s the first time brakes such as these have featured on a road car. Outside of them are new 20in alloy wheels that run to a profile of 295/30 at the rear, and specially developed tyres.

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Maserati Quattroporte 2004-2013

The Maserati Quattroporte has character, balance and a wonderful engine, but its ride and gearbox mean it’s ultimately flawed.

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… and meaner to look at

Aside from all that, you’re most likely to clock this meaner Maserati by its stealthy black makeover; it's got a new black mesh front grille, black side window trims, black exhaust trims and dark chrome 20in, seven-spoke alloy wheels.Inside, there’s a combination of Frau leather and Alcantara on the seats, the interior door panels and the steering wheel. The dashboard is finished in a new mix of carbon fibre with aluminium treads, and the front seats have even been redesigned for a more sporty, supportive shape.

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Our Verdict

Maserati Quattroporte 2004-2013

The Maserati Quattroporte has character, balance and a wonderful engine, but its ride and gearbox mean it’s ultimately flawed.

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