2018 Maserati Quattroporte first drive: Now with added high-tech

Maserati doesn’t really seem to move with the times so much as it wanders vaguely along behind them, checking itself in the mirror. Witness the diesel engines that it only introduced four years ago, and the distinct lack of any hybrid or electric tech in a rather old-school model lineup - although rumour has it that this is set to change in the very near future.

But even if it’s late, Maserati always turns up looking good and exuding that unmistakable, achingly desirable lust for life that is a near-tangible aspect of many Italian cars.  

Here is a perfect case in point – the freshly updated 2018 Maserati Quattroporte. While Audi has just launched the Audi A7 with future-proof, next-generation autonomy and a 48V mild-hybrid system, Maserati has added electrically-assisted steering, more advanced traction control, and optional driver aids that include lane-keep assist, autonomous braking, traffic sign recognition and blind spot assist. For some brutal context, this is stuff that's been available on a lot of family hatchbacks for years, never mind top-end, luxury cars. 

Other updates for 2018 include a power hike for V6 Quattroporte models, while a new four-wheel drive ‘Q4’ system is sadly only offered in left-hand drive markets, so we won’t be seeing it in the UK.

2018 Maserati Quattroporte GTS

First impressions

The style updates for the Quattroporte are pretty minimal, unsurprisingly given that it was only tweaked in 2017. The angry-looking headlights are now fully LED as standard, but otherwise the ‘Alfi...