Italian men and Italian sports cars; two closely related objects of desire that have a biological effect on women around the globe.
While one can assume it’s true with the likes of George Clooney, when it comes to a Maserati, it’s a fact that’s been scientifically proven.
A study conducted by a British insurance company tested the revving of a number of car engines on the ears of women, and after hearing the Maserati, the female subjects all measured higher levels of testosterone levels in their blood. Well, you can’t argue with science!
The Italian Queen of luxury cars is celebrating its centenary this year, and like all classy women, the gal is doing it in style, launching several new variants with a wider price spectrum, and an incredible aim to offer a variant and model in every single luxury car sector by 2020. Australia alone has sold more Maseratis in the last two months than it did in all of 2013.
One of the newest releases is the Maserati Quattroporte Diesel – the very first diesel Maserati ever released.
I took it for test drive from Lismore to Brisbane, via Nimbin and Northern New South Wales sharing with another journo from New Zealand.
While I may not be able to vouch for the testosterone – I can vouch for the heart racing. The turbocharged V6 diesel engine does affect the signature roar of the engine slightly (unfortunately), but doesn’t affect the way it handles the road. Tight corners, winding roads and long strides across open country were effortlessly manoeuvred at top speeds (by my Kiwi companion) and not so top speeds (by me) despite the somewhat heavier diesel engine under the bonnet.
But for me, style trumps just about any other factor a car has to offer – and the Maserati Quattroporte has bucketloads. The Maserati offers plenty of customisation, and with the Quattroporte this includes the wooden detailing on the dashboard and side inserts available in five types of wood, seven types of exterior paint options and four leather colours.
From the outside, it gathers the kind of attention you’d expect from a Maserati, with a sleek physique, and iconic Maserati trident badge beaming like a beacon from the alluring wide-mouthed grille.
From a passenger perspective, there’s plenty of legroom in both the front and back of the Quattroporte, which is often a downside of sports cars. The boot is spacious too, and if you plan on hugging corners like we did with small luggage, prepare for it to be thrown around.
With 5.0L per 100km, this combo ultimately makes the Quattroporte Diesel perfect for long haul drives in comfort. The beauty of a diesel engine means drivers will be able to navigate from the urban household to the country weekender in style – and on one tank of fuel, even if you’re not driving it particularly fuel efficiently.
While it may not quite have the testosterone-inducing purr of the non-diesel types, the actions of the Maserati continue to speak louder than words. And at $200k ($40k less than the next variant) the Maserati Quattroporte is for those with a lot of style, a lot of dollars - and a lot of sense.