The most fun you can have in a full-size luxury sedan

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The decision between luxury and performance is probably the hardest you can make when it comes to car ownership if you’re an enthusiast. As proof, I recently owned a Mercedes E-Class. After owning it for six months, I sold it and bought a Corvette when I realized I was lacking in performance. A year later I sold the Corvette and bought a BMW. It was the last two years, but it could very well be the plan of my life with a fairly apparent back-and-forth pattern. All car enthusiasts want performance, but they also want luxury as they age. Well, that’s exactly where the 2022 maserati Quattroporte Trofeo absolutely excels.


Whether you are looking for quality, comfort, safety, luxury or performance, this vehicle can and will deliver. If you’ve ever thought about spending north of $100,000 on Mercedes-Benz S-Class or BMW 7-Series, you might want to take a step back and re-evaluate what you’re looking for in a full-size executive sedan. . If you give this Maserati a chance, it will give it back to you tenfold.

Main characteristics
  • Twin-turbo V8
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Dual Intercoolers
Features
  • Model: Quattroporte Trofeo
  • Engine/Motor: 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8
  • Powerful : 580 to 6,800 rpm
  • Couple : 538 lb-ft at 2,000-4,000 rpm
  • Transmission: RWD
  • Transmission: ZF 8-speed automatic
Advantages
  • Original Ferrari engine
  • Brilliant brake system
  • Exotic cabin with tons of carbon fiber
  • Huge Exhaust Note
  • Excellent performance
  • Extremely athletic
The inconvenients
  • Poor driver assistance features
  • Bad fuel consumption
  • Interior not up to par with some competitors

Performance of the twin-turbo V8

When we reviewed the Nissan Z, we discussed the increased power of forced induction and the turbochargers in particular. Manufacturers are able to reduce fuel consumption and increase performance by ditching large-displacement V8s and replacing them with twin-turbocharged V6s. For Maserati, a V6 was not going to be enough for their Trofeo. Instead, they equipped the 2022 Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. The engine works with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and sends power to the rear wheels.


The twin-turbo V8 develops 580 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 538 lb-ft of torque between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm. Those numbers allow the super-large sedan to hit 60 mph from a full stop in just 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 203 mph. To give you some perspective, this larger-than-life executive sedan isn’t too far off from a two-seat 6-cylinder Supra, and not far from hypercars worth much more. To ensure the delivery of torque for example, the two turbochargers sit parallel to each other, each responsible for a bank of cylinders. Each of said turbochargers has its own intercooler to ensure there is no heat soak when you start testing the Trofeo.


As well as having dual intercoolers, Maserati did a lot of engineering on the cylinder heads to ensure good airflow, with high-turbulence heads and quad-cam phasers. There are four drive modes to choose from, which vary between balanced performance, all-out performance and even an ideal mode for low-grip surfaces. On paper, the 2022 Maserati Quattroporte Trophy These are all promises, but we’re not interested in words – we had to test it all out for ourselves.

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Italian design and elegance

The Trofeo Maserati Quattroporte has a very, very long and smooth body. The exterior is a true example of not trying too hard. It’s quite elegant with Italian style written all over it. The balance between luxury and performance is quite apparent in its design, as the Trofeo’s sleek lines work extremely well with a slightly aggressive stance. The low front bonnet with the huge Maserati logo on the grille gives an athletic feel, while the rest screams luxury. The nearly 125-inch wheelbase works extremely well with the big engine, allowing for 50/50 front/rear weight distribution. Exclusive touches like the Italian flag on the doors and coloring around the side vents really make the Trofeo stand out. Overall, the design is a masterpiece, with perfect simplicity, aggressiveness and elegant combination.


Refined interior with a few downsides

With a very spacious cabin, the first thing you’ll notice when you climb into the driver’s seat are the analog gauges. Whether this is good or bad will depend on your preference. The use of these analog gauges adds a performance aspect to the luxurious interior. The 7-inch touchscreen houses a very easy-to-use infotainment system, which includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus tons of other features.

Carbon fiber covers much of the center console and unique patterns all around give it a very exotic feel. When it comes to comfort and space, the Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo will never leave you wanting more. With rivals like the Mercedes S-Class we recently reviewed, that cabin doesn’t support change, however. The similarly priced Benz’s level of technology, comfort and exclusive feel are simply day and night. With that on the table, the Trofeo cabin is still a nice place.


More than a luxury sedan

Driving the Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo is quite an experience. We compared it to the Mercedes S500 and claimed that its interior just isn’t on the same level. Performance is quite the opposite. The Mercedes, and probably most of the other competitors in this segment, can’t match the 580 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque when unleashed. It’s a unique driving experience where you can drive in extreme comfort, while leaving plenty of dedicated sports cars in your rear view mirror with a hard thump on the throttle.

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Thanks to the active exhaust system, a push of a button will completely change the sound of the Trofeo. In fact, it goes from a very quiet full-size luxury sedan to a roaring monster in an instant. The sound alone is that of supercars, and rightly so since the Trofeo houses a Ferrari-sourced engine. Pressing that same button, which is Sports mode, makes a huge difference in throttle mapping, giving you acceleration with loss of traction off the line. Acceleration is almost instantaneous, thanks to optimized cylinder heads and twin turbochargers. Each turbo supplies one side of the engine with compressed air evenly and effortlessly, launching the huge luxury sedan in the most athletic way you can imagine. Braking is just as athletic as accelerating, thanks to twin-cast Brembo brakes. This system does a phenomenal job and provides very impressive braking.


The adaptive suspension offers an interesting combination. In Normal drive mode, the Maserati appears to float like most luxury sedans of its size. When you hit that suspension button and go for a sportier feel, the Trofeo tackles corners with great confidence and stays relatively flat for a vehicle that weighs over 4,400 pounds. While most of its competitors offer all-wheel-drive, Maserati is committed to fostering engagement with its rear-wheel-drive setup. The steering is direct and has a great feel. Pushing the Trofeo can be easy, but a rider with a few skills can have a lot more fun with this setup. Safety features and high-tech traction control allow any driver to push it relatively safely, but Corsa mode gives the driver much more freedom and reduces traction and stability control. Since you hit peak torque at low and midrange, it’s not a mode everyone should drive in.

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If you’re looking for a fuel-efficient sedan, stay away from the Trofeo. Maserati rates the Trofeo at 13/20/16 mpg city/highway/combined, and through our ride we averaged between 13 and 14 mpg. However, we pushed it at every opportunity and happily swiped that credit card at the gas station. The experience is simply a supercar experience, and the luxury is that of an executive sedan. Where the Trofeo disappointed, however, was in some of the driver assist features. While it has everything you’d need, we felt the S500 did it much, much better. Even features like lane assist and steering assist felt sloppy. In all honesty, we didn’t want any help – this car just wants to be driven.

The Quattroporte Trofeo is the most fun in its segment

The Trofeo Maserati Quattroporte starts at $151,000. Obviously, it’s not for everyone. Besides the fact that it is not a very affordable vehicle, it also finds itself in a very niche market. Comparing the Trofeo with full-size luxury sedans like the Mercedes S500 isn’t as straightforward as one might think. In a BMW 3 Series for example, you can get the same level of luxury with a 4-cylinder and a 6-cylinder, but the performance is very different. That’s not the case here. The difference in luxury with the direct competition is simply enormous, and the Trofeo falls short of this equation. However, the opposite is true when it comes to performance.


As car enthusiasts, we grow up and start getting into luxury cars, but for those who don’t want to grow up fully, would it be fun to go to work in a Trofeo every day? If you’re looking for a full-size luxury sedan, this is going to be the most fun you can have. It’s comfortable, it’s stylish, it’s Italian and it’s faster than you think. It’s a really special vehicle.

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