What is it?
After five years on sale, the Quattroporte has been given a mild facelift and the option of a new range-topping model, equipped with a 424bhp 4.7-litre engine.
External changes include new bumpers front and rear, new sill covers and new front and rear light clusters which have been updated with LED indicators and (at the rear) LED brake and fog lights. New ‘V-style’ 19in alloys and new rear view mirrors complete the exterior package.
The standard equipment list is extensive and includes leather, sat-nav, Bose surround sound and a 30Gb hard drive, double-glazing and Bi-Xenon lights.
What’s it like?
The core of the new Quattroporte S is the new 424bhp 4.7-litre V8 motor. Compared to the 4.2-litre V8, this delivers a handy extra amount of power across the rev range from 2300rpm and there’s an even greater improvement in torque delivery.
This is a fantastically well-balanced car. In normal conditions it’s very stable and well planted on the motorway and delivers huge confidence during high-speed overtaking on normal roads.
But on the tight and winding roads of the Bavarian Alps, the Quattroporte stands out for its superb balance. The chassis is exceptionally neutral and manages to hold off hints of over- and under-steer, and body roll is well-restrained. The steering impresses because it is so easy to accurately place this big, wide car on the road.