There’s only one place to start: that engine. The Trofeo model features a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 producing 580PS (427kW) and 720Nm (538lb ft) of torque. The overall performance is actually not hugely shocking. A sprint from 0-62mph takes 4.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 203mph. All told the Quattroporte is substantially slower than the M8 Gran Coupe, which will do 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds, but there’s plenty of performance here to make do with. Peak torque is readily available at just 2,250rpm so picking up speed in practically any gear is no hassle.
You get the sense, though, that this is a car that you’d rather not bother driving fast. The sound of that engine, which is guttural and raw, barely manages to penetrate into the insulated cabin, so any temptation to hit the loud pedal is quickly lost as you instead fall into a realm of comfort and luxury that overshadows virtually all else in the Quattroporte. The overwhelming feeling while driving is that you simply want to enjoy the journey.
Tipping the scales at more than two tonnes, this is far from a spitely machine, but it's been well engineered to mask any sense of lumbering weight. The ride is pillow soft, but with that comes a cumbersome feel that wallows and sinks into undulations, taking an extra second to settle over particularly harsh bumps. It’s worth playing with the drive settings here, because ‘Normal’ mode does just feel a little too compliant. Switching to ‘Sport’ offers a better balance of ride and engagement, the suspension firms up and the steering sharpens, making the car feel less slovenly without hindering comfort levels.