While it won’t be coming to the PNC Arena anytime soon, you can rest assured that the Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 on ice is impressive. The good people over at Road and Track took former rally car champion Alex Fiorio out to kick up some snow and drop some jaws at Europe’s largest ice circuit in Breuil-Cervinia, Italy.
In its sixth generation of a superior lineage, the Quattroporte S Q4 boasts added inches to the wheelbase and length, an all-wheel-drive system, and a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that cranks out 410 horsepower. Some drivers may feel tentative behind the wheel of such power on compromised conditions, but it seems impossible not to test the limits with Fiorio in the passenger’s seat. Since we test drove the Ghibli and Gran Turismo in safe conditions along Capital Boulevard and 540, it takes no stretch of our imagination as to the capabilities of an unabated Maserati drive.
On the ice track, the Quattroporte was described as “deliberate,” “steady,” and “surefooted.” According to the writers, the first sliding turn piqued Fiorio’s interest – which must typically be a formidable task. He did, after all, amass 236 World Rally Championship points; in other words, driving at break-neck speeds and making precise hair-pin turns is his expertise.
The rest of the test drive consisted of Fiorio excitedly shouting directions for what must have been a white-knuckled experience. In the end, the writers determined that the Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 provides great value even in just its drive.
You can read the entire article from Road and Trackright here.