But no matter how you cut it, the Quattroporte S offers a couple things the others don't: peerless Italian styling, and more inherent sports car DNA than your average luxury sedan.

2009 Maserati Quattroporte S
Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive

4.7-liter V8, dohc, 32-valve

Six-speed automatic

Independent wishbones front and rear, anti-dive and anti-squat geometry, Skyhook damping

Monoblock calipers, cross-drilled and ventilated rotors

Length/Width/Height (in.): 200.7/74.6/56.6Wheelbase: 120.6 in.Curb Weight: 4,375 lb

Peak Power: 425 hp @ 7000 rpmPeak Torque: 361 lb-ft @ 4750 rpm0-60 mph: 5.3 sec.Top Speed: 174 mph

Price Tag

Quattroporte I
4.1-liter V8, 256 hp
230 units produced

Quattroporte I Serie 2
4.7-liter V8, 295 hp
500 units produced (est.)

Quattroporte II
3.0-liter V6, 210 hp
12 prototypes produced

Quattroporte III
4.9-liter V8, 280 hp
2,110 units sold

Quattroporte IV
2.8-liter V6, 284 hp /3.2-liter V8, 326 hp
2,375 units sold

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