2006 MASERATI Quattroporte Sport GT S-AView vehicle description
The Maserati Quattroporte was first revealed in 1963. It was the first production Maserati with more than two doors and also the first to be powered by a V8 engine.
The Pietro Frua designed, full-sized sports saloon kicked off an almost unbroken run of this luxury car which is now well into its sixth iteration
Following Frua, the QP II (1974-1978) was designed by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini and, due largely to Citroen’s influence, it was fitted with a 3-litre V6 powering the front wheels. Not entirely surprisingly, the model wasn’t a success and nor, ultimately, was Maserati’s relationship with Citroen - only 12 customer cars were produced between 1976 and 1978 before the company was bought by Alejandro de Tomaso.
The QP III (1979-1990) - now back to V8 power and rear-wheel-drive - was styled by Giorgetto Giugiuaro of Italdesign – who was widely considered at the time to be the greatest living car designer. Although often guilty of compromising elsewhere in the past, Maserati could never be accused of skimping on body styling budgets.
Another generation, another owner for Maserati. This time the new foster parents were the Fiat Group, who gave Gandini another chance to style a winner in the QP IV (1994-2001). Powered at first by a twin-turbo V6 it was later upgraded to a biturbo V8.
The fifth generation Quattroporte (2003-2012) - styled by Pininfarina - is considered one of the best-looking four-door saloons ever and was the most successful QP evolution to date with over 25,000 produced. The QP V was based on the same underlying platform as the popular GranTurismo and GranCabrio models and, like them, was powered by V8 units from sister company Ferrari.
Initially, all variants were fitted with a 395bhp 4.2-litre V8 but from 2008, the Quattroporte S and Sport GT S had the larger 4.7-litre engine with power increasing from 424bhp to 434bhp and topping out at 444bhp.
When new the Sport GT cost the first owner an extra £6000, but brought uprated suspension, better brakes and a re-engineered gearbox. There are also a number of cosmetic changes inside and out, to make the already-striking machine even more distinctive.
That lucky owner drove out of Maranello dealership Tower Garage in Egham, Surrey in September 2006, where it returned for service until 2015 with only 2 exceptions when the owner began using Continental Cars, a luxury and performance specialist, but with only 48,000 miles on the clock those visits have been time rather than distance requirements and most recently it passed it’s MOT in March with no advisories.
On the Outside
The Pininfarina styled bodywork is stunning, surely one of the best looking saloons of the century with coupe like styling to the four door saloon body, and the panels are all extremely good with no dings or damage and the paint very presentable, with just a couple of small or light marks around the car, the odd stone chip around the front, some small paint marks on the mirrors and an almost invisible scuff on the front bumper. At the front the Maserati trident in the grill is excellent, but the badge has faded somewhat.
There are lots of neat touches around the car, the triple vents in the front wings above the Pininfarina script, the mirrors house courtesy puddle lamps and at the back the back the quad exhausts hint at the Ferrari engine.
All but one of the 20” alloys have the kerb marks on them, and the tyres, Pirelli at the front, all have good tread.
On the Inside
The cabin of a luxury car is where it has to excel and the interior of the QP does just that. It’s black leather is sumptuous, and has outwardly embossed Tridents in all the headrests, and the rear seats even have controls on the doors for changing the position.
There is a little wear showing on the drivers seat bolster, but that aside the leather looks extremely good across the seats and door cards, lower dash and steering wheel - Italian leather always looks and feels amazing and lasts incredibly well, and has here.
Underfoot the carpets are excellent and there are other very nice touches such as the analogue clock and extra comfort controls in the rear.
There are a couple of small flaws, the door handles have chips in the metal finish and the steering wheel centre isn’t a perfect fit and the surface of some of the buttons is a bit worn due to the materials used.
Under the car is very clean, the chassis and floorpan look straight and clean, and lifting the bonnet reveals the masterpiece that is the Ferrari-Maserati F136 4.2 litre V8. This fires easily and barks into life, idling and revving with the sort of sound that draws a crowd.
Its auto gearbox has paddle shift on the wheel and selects gears easily.
The service book is stamped unto date, with the most recent from Continental Luxury and Sports cars just 2000 miles ago at 46,700 miles in March 2021, so the car has continued to enjoy sparing use over its life. It was MOT’d in March this year, passing with no advisories. It should be noted there is only one key for the car.
What We Think
One of the most elegant, attractive and unusual saloons on the market, it may sit in the same segment as a 5 Series or E Class but everything about it gives the impression of a four door supercar, just sitting in it is an event and firing the engine something to tell your friends about.
Being a Sport GT makes it rarer still, the harder ride than standard will be perfect for some, and perhaps suit a car of this nature more.
Our estimate for this car is £11,000 - £15,000.
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