Mid-life makeover

RESTYLED: The 2016 Maserati GTS Quattroporte.

THE Maserati Quattroporte sports limousine has been given a facelift for 2016 which is now on sale, featuring an updated exterior, new features to boost efficiency, and the latest in-car technology.

Outside, the new car boasts subtly restyled bumpers, a new angular front grille with vertical chrome slats, and a matte black body trim, offering a more refined look.

A new infotainment system comprising an 8.4-inch touchscreen controlled by a rotary knob mounted on the centre console means less buttons on the dashboard, meaning the cabin is cleaner and less cluttered.

Maserati say that the new variant is both more potent and fuel efficient compared with the outgoing model, with a choice of turbocharged diesel and petrol V6s or a turbocharged petrol V8 offering improved straight-line performance.

Aerodynamic efficiency is 10 per cent better, thanks to a new electric air shutter which opens and closes parts of the front grille, plus a power upgrade for the base 3.0-litre petrol V6, which now provides 345bhp and an improved 0-62mph time of 5.5 seconds. At the other end of the scale, the 3.8-litre V8 produces the same 523bhp as the previous model, but the improved aerodynamics mean its top speed is now 193mph.

Other new features include adaptive cruise control, lane departure and collision warning systems with brake assist, and an automated emergency brake, plus a new surround camera that can be ordered as an option. An entry-level diesel spec will set you back around €89,000, whereas the range-topping V8 Gran Sport GTS starts at a whopping €147,000.

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