2008 Maserati Quattroporte

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Maserati Quattroporte. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    15 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    400-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance potential
  • Passenger space
  • Elegant amenities
  • Exclusivity

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Price
  • Untested reliability

Notable Features of the 2008 Maserati Quattroporte

  • New Sport GT S model
  • DuoSelect transmission
  • Designed by Pininfarina

2008 Maserati Quattroporte Overview

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Vehicle Overview
For the 2005 model year, Maserati introduced a full-size four-door luxury sedan called the Quattroporte. Designed by Pininfarina, the rear-wheel-drive Quattroporte competes with the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Changes for 2008 include the addition of a new Sport GT S trim level that sits above the rest with added equipment for sport-minded buyers. High-performance brakes, 20-inch dark chrome wheels, a stiffer suspension and lowered stance are some of the differences you'll find on the Sport GT S.

The Quattroporte has Brembo all-disc brakes and a Skyhook automatic-damping suspension. A V-8 engine works with Maserati's DuoSelect sequential transmission, which can be shifted using paddles mounted on the steering column. Maserati says the Quattroporte can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in a swift 5.2 seconds. For optimum weight distribution, the engine sits behind the front axle and drives a rear-mounted transmission.

In addition to the Sport GT S, the are also Executive GT and Sport GT trim levels. The Executive GT has polished 19-inch wheels and heated, ventilated and massaging rear seats. The steering wheel is made of wood and leather.

The Sport GT features 20-inch wheels, carbon fiber trim, racing pedals, and a black grille and side air vents. Maserati's Skyhook suspension system has been modified for use in the Sport GT, and the car has a sport exhaust system.

Sport GT S models have high-performance composite cross-drilled bra...
Vehicle Overview
For the 2005 model year, Maserati introduced a full-size four-door luxury sedan called the Quattroporte. Designed by Pininfarina, the rear-wheel-drive Quattroporte competes with the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Changes for 2008 include the addition of a new Sport GT S trim level that sits above the rest with added equipment for sport-minded buyers. High-performance brakes, 20-inch dark chrome wheels, a stiffer suspension and lowered stance are some of the differences you'll find on the Sport GT S.

The Quattroporte has Brembo all-disc brakes and a Skyhook automatic-damping suspension. A V-8 engine works with Maserati's DuoSelect sequential transmission, which can be shifted using paddles mounted on the steering column. Maserati says the Quattroporte can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in a swift 5.2 seconds. For optimum weight distribution, the engine sits behind the front axle and drives a rear-mounted transmission.

In addition to the Sport GT S, the are also Executive GT and Sport GT trim levels. The Executive GT has polished 19-inch wheels and heated, ventilated and massaging rear seats. The steering wheel is made of wood and leather.

The Sport GT features 20-inch wheels, carbon fiber trim, racing pedals, and a black grille and side air vents. Maserati's Skyhook suspension system has been modified for use in the Sport GT, and the car has a sport exhaust system.

Sport GT S models have high-performance composite cross-drilled brake rotors to optimize braking and reduce brake fade. The 20-inch wheels are finished in dark chrome and feature larger tires than other Quattroporte models.


Exterior
Recognizable Maserati styling cues include its long hood, prominent grille and headlights. Low-slung front fenders, short front overhangs, a swept-back profile, a high belt line and a steeply raked windshield also help establish what the company calls an "authoritative persona [and] predatory appearance."

A broad horizontal-bar grille contains Maserati's Trident badge. The headlights sit slightly back, and a wide air intake is installed below the grille. Three portholes adorn each front fender. Standard wheels measure 18 inches in diameter. Built on a relatively long 120.6-inch wheelbase, the Quattroporte is 198.9 inches long overall and 56.6 inches tall.

Sport GT S models have a blacked-out mesh grille and black-painted trim pieces that give the GT S a distinctive, stealthier look compared to other trims.


Interior
Five people can luxuriate inside the Quattroporte, where handcrafted leather complements the premium wood trim. Rosewood is standard, but buyers can specify mahogany, burl walnut, a titanium-style trim or piano black finish.

Standard features include power front and rear seats, a power rear sunshade and a cooled compartment in the front armrest. Touching a button in the center rear armrest moves the front passenger seat forward, supplying additional legroom. The Bosch-Blaupunkt Multi Media System includes a navigation system, Bose stereo and TV tuner.

Alcantara faux suede is used on GT S models' interiors to highlight the seats, door panels and steering wheel. And what's a sport edition without carbon fiber? The GT S has a carbon fiber instrument panel with aluminum highlights.


Under the Hood
The Quattroporte's 4.2-liter V-8 engine generates close to 400 horsepower and 333 pounds-feet of torque. The six-speed sequential transmission can be shifted using paddles mounted on the steering column, but it also includes a fully automatic mode. A Low Grip mode is included for driving in poor weather.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags are standard.


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(5.0)
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(4.9)
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Value For The Money
(4.7)

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Maserati Experience

by Mid life crisis from Jersey Shore on March 17, 2018

This is by far the best bang for your buck. Everytime you start your car and listen to that Ferrari engine roar is like listening to a Luciano Pavarotti opera. The car drives amazing, and the ... Read full review

(5.0)

All-Around Best LuxoExotic Car

by ferrariguy99 from Middletown, NJ on October 10, 2017

Great Pininfarina styling inside and out. Awesome Ferrari engine performance. Feels like driving a 4-door Ferrari. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Maserati Quattroporte currently has 2 recalls

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Quattroporte received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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