The original race-bred luxury sedan.
The Quattroporte met a particular need for an exclusive group of discerning motorists. Back then, Europe’s emerging network of roadways opened up thrilling possibilities for long-distance journeys. With the Quattroporte, grand touring became an experience to be savored—at high speeds, in spacious comfort and with breathtaking Maserati style. Fast forward to the 2018 Maserati Quattroporte, and the principles remain much the same.
The Quattroporte offers formidable, race-bred power from Ferraribuilt V6 and V8 engines, while a long wheelbase offers a spacious, elegantly crafted interior of supreme luxury. Every comfort and convenience is provided, from hand-stitched premium Italian leather to the latest advanced driver-assistance systems. Furthermore, the Quattroporte’s undeniably athletic yet graceful styling evokes the power and presence the world has come to expect from Maserati. As Maserati continues to shape the future of luxury grand touring, some things clearly never change.
The History of the Quattroporte
The Quattroporte embodies the enduring and progressive spirit of Maserati as part of a story that dates back more than 100 years. Maserati officially opened for business in 1914 at No. 1 Via de’ Pepoli in Bologna, but the wheels were in motion long before. In 1900, Rodolfo Maserati’s eldest son, Carlo, built a single-cylinder engine and fitted it to a bicycle. At just 17 years of age, Carlo raced his motorized bicycle to victory in a punishing long-distance rally in northern Italy. A short while later, the intrepid youngster designed another engine and fitted it to a wooden car chassis. This was, arguably, the world’s first Maserati vehicle. Maserati’s drive to innovate and its passion for speed made the transition into elite motorsport inevitable. It was a move that reaped countless rewards on the world stage. Here are just a few of the brand’s many historic successes: In 1926, Alfieri Maserati drove the Maserati Tipo 26 to victory in its first-ever race— the Targa Florio. In 1939, Wilbur Shaw won the Indianapolis 500 at the wheel of the Maserati “Boyle Special” 8 CTF at an average speed of more than 115 mph. Shaw repeated this feat the following year, making Maserati the only European manufacturer to win the Indy 500 twice. In 1957, the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio took his fifth F1 World Championship at the Nürburgring (also known as the Green Hell) in a Maserati 250F. For Fangio, who was 46 years old, it was his final and greatest victory. In the late 1940s, Maserati took a luxurious turn by creating the A6 1500 GT production grand tourer. Built in our current home in Modena, the 1500 GT featured sensuous Pininfarina coachwork. The convertible A6G Frua Spyder soon followed. Such power and performance had never been so beautifully packaged—opening up new worlds of long-distance possibilities in the process. Since then, all Maserati production models have followed this unique formula, offering race-bred performance, captivating Italian design, and all the luxuries and comfort you would expect from a prestigious grand-touring automobile.