I'll have to see it in person, really depends how the lines flow over the proportions. I always liked the Quattoporte. See the Top Gear review of the original vs The Rapide and the Panamera:
I also always loved how Quattroporte literally means "4 door"... Italian always makes it sound nice.
Did you notice how Autoblog desaturated the image to make it look less "champagne" beige colored? This one looks a lot fussier, and the back end seems to have loss the conicness of the old one, though I suppose they had to move it since the larger Jag, the xj I think, has a similar graphical treatment to the original Quattroporte. Front end is looking pretty nice. Drafting off the coupe.
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Interesting youtube vid, as it obviously shows some process and how some of the italian feel for tender details was sacrificed to a mucho german productionisation. *
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I try to visualize my point with the two pictures above. They show 3 points in which the serial car deviates from the rendering. Main point of interest being the black bolster on the rear door that ends abruptly now but enclosed the rear seats fluently in the sketch. The other two are the language of the seats, that changed from elegant dress like collar to a more conventional, blocky design and the rear middle console that in the serial car shows an awkward gap that I can't see to serve any real purpose.
This different approach to details transcents through the use of materials aka suppliers for items like the dash capping and the "wood" accents. Those are litteraly the same as in the 7 and 3 series. There is nothing "milan" in this cabin anymore.
Recapitulatory one can see how the unique coachbuilt approach of the Maserati of old gradualy vanished out of that project. Harald Wester and his team are clearly targeting a customer that is far less left field. This new QP is a top notch corporate lease more than a personal toy (reward). To pull it off they'd have to deliver on competitive lease rates as well as on reliable service.
I didn't like the old Quattroporte and I can't give this one a thumbs up. Mo-i is right, this thing has been nickel and dimed as well as focus grouped by people who know nothing about style (aka, Americans). It has ground out the flare.
Having said that, I'm sure it's a more interesting car than a BMW.
Last: I love it when I see things like, "reinterprets all the most famous styling touches of classic Maserati". Really? 1. That would be an ugly mash-up. 2. I don't see any evidence of this.
"Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end, an end which it was already but too easy to arrive at...." Thoreau
Not a fan of the back end, I think it's well executed but I felt the last gen vertical orientation was more iconic and memorable. I would have liked to see an evolution of that, this feel a little too generic and less luxury.
Those chrome mounted tv screen on the back of the headrests look like an aftermarket tack on. I would have preferred to either see something more intergrated like the last gen (which is still pretty tacky) or none at all. But I guess we've gotta have our screens.
Last Gen Backseat Entertainment Centers
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