NEW FOR 2014:

– All-new model.

It’s a big year for Maserati – not only has it launched the new Ghibli midsize luxury sedan, it’s also brought a brand new Quattroporte to market.

The new flagship sedan takes a different tack than the successful outgoing model. With its sights set on the 7 Series, Jaguar XJ, and S-Class, it’s less a four-door Ferrari and more of a luxury liner. Unlike its rivals, the Quattroporte comes in one body form – long. At 5.2 metres in length, it’s one of the longest vehicles in the class. Yet, it’s also one of the lightest. This is particularly impressive given the Quattroporte’s chassis is made mostly of steel, rather than aluminum. The Q-Porte does have a considerable amount of aluminum in its composition – you’ll find body panels, suspension components, and hood made of the lighter metal. The Quattroporte uses adaptive damping instead of the segment’s usual air springs for a firm, sporting ride, while the steering is completely hydraulic rather than electromechanical.

Where the old Quattroporte used a naturally aspirated 4.7-litre V8 fit for a Ferrari, the new model gains two new engines that aim to improve performance and efficiency. The base Q4 S uses a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 that makes more than 400 hp – a good 70-80 horses more than what the competition ekes out of a similar sized engine. This motor also comes with Maserati’s lightweight Q4 all-wheel drive system, which should certainly make it a more viable choice for Canadian buyers.

But what’s a Maserati without a V8? The range-topping GTS gets a 3.8-litre twin-turbo that makes 523 hp and 524 lb-ft of torque. It’s a genuinely mighty engine capable of serious performance. Unlike the six-cylinder motor, the GTS is rear-drive only.

Inside, the more spacious cabin offers up a unique blend and craftsmanship that’s distinctively Italian with sumptuous hides and a dashboard that’s less button-heavy than rivals. Only some Chrysler switchgear detracts from the overall ambience, though we suspect most potential buyers won’t have seen the inside of a recent Chrysler product rendering the point moot.

The Quattroporte Q4 S features 19-inch wheels, selectable drive modes, front and rear parking sensors, reverse camera, adaptive dampers, tire pressure monitor, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, cruise control, premium leather upholstery, extended leather trim on dashboard and doors, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, eight-way adjustable power driver’s seat, memory seat, 60/40 split folding rear seat, power sunroof, dual USB ports, three 12-volt power supplies, seven-inch colour TFT instrument cluster display, 8.4-inch infotainment system with AM/FM/Satellite radio, navigation, Bluetooth, 10-speaker sound system, dual-zone climate control, rear power sunshade, dual-zone climate control, proximity key with push-button start, power folding mirrors, alarm, and rain sensor.

Key options include heated rear seats, power adjustable pedals, Wi-Fi hotspot, rear-door keyless entry system, rear-seat entertainment system, pull-down tray tables, individual rear seats with heating, ventilation, power adjustment, and front-seat controls, front-seat ventilation, 115-volt power outlet, four-zone climate control, power-operated rear side blinds, heated steering wheel, steering wheel mounted paddles, Alcantara headliner, 20- and 21-inch wheels, and a 1280-watt 15-speaker Bowers and Wilkins sound system.

GTS adds 20-inch wheels, heated rear seats, steering wheel paddles, upgraded performance brakes with red brake calipers, power adjustable pedals, Black Piano interior trim, contrast stitching, extended leather upholstery on lower dash, door handles, and upper and lower door panels.

Key options include Wi-Fi hotspot, rear-door keyless entry system, rear-seat entertainment system, pull-down tray tables, individual rear seats with heating, ventilation, power adjustment, and front-seat controls, front-seat ventilation, four-zone climate control, power-operated rear side blinds, heated steering wheel, Alcantara headliner, 20- and 21-inch wheels, and a 1280-watt 15-speaker Bowers and Wilkins sound system.

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