The Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo is a full-size luxury sedan with an appealingly sporting edge. Available in just a single trim, it's motivated by a Ferrari-sourced 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 580 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque. That's sufficient for a 0-60 mph sprint of 4.2 seconds, although launching it is tricky due to its RWD layout. Keep the right pedal pressed to the floor and you'll soon see a top speed of 203 mph.
The generously specified Trofeo wears 21-inch wheels and gets standard LED lighting. At the back, there are quad-exit tailpipes emitting a pleasing V8 growl. A luxurious interior is highlighted by a Harman Kardon sound system, dual-zone climate control, a 10.1-inch touchscreen interface, 12-way power-adjustable front sport seats with heating and ventilation, and glossy carbon fiber trim. Safety features are generous as well, with adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and front/rear parking sensors all coming as standard.
The high price of the Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo will unfortunately keep it at a disadvantage compared to its German competitors. Without any options, the MSRP is $145,900. That number excludes a destination charge of $1,995 in the USA.
The faster BMW 750i xDrive will cost you $103,000, or for just a little more, you can drive off in the big daddy M760i xDrive with a twin-turbo V12 at $157,800. The new Mercedes S580 costs $116,300 or, if you're really after a sporty and spacious sedan, a BMW M5 will annihilate the Trofeo and goes for $103,500. Essentially, you'd have to be a pretty big Maserati fan as there are many cheaper and more accomplished options.
There aren't many options for the Quattroporte Trofeo so choosing your ideal specification isn't a laborious process. An Interior Carbon Fiber package goes for $1,100 and includes carbon fiber door sills and carbon fiber paddle shifters. Every other add-on is a standalone option, such as the Bowers & Wilkins sound system for $2,500 and the four-zone climate control system for $1,000. A light carbon fiber kit adds carbon fiber wing mirror housings and will cost $2,000. The Zegna Pelletessuta upholstery is lovely but will add $4,000 to the bill.
The biggest decision you'll have to make is whether it's worth choosing the Trofeo over one of its more affordable German rivals. Assuming you have decided to take the plunge, you may as well throw in the Bowers & Wilkins sound system and the four-zone climate control system, two options that will benefit both front and rear occupants. The Bianco Alpi metallic paint is gorgeous and the Rosso/Nero interior in Pieno Fiore natural leather guarantees attention. In total, our build comes to $151,350, not including the destination fee.