How did this new QP end up between a Camaro IROC-Z and a violently impotent custom Wrangler?
One of the great parts of the week-long Mecum Kissimmee, Florida auction is the 'come-as-you-are' vibe about the place. They make a carnival atmosphere of these 3000-plus cars finding new homes -- and it is truly a fun way to see many curious cars up close and personal. In fact, they are all unlocked and ready for close-up inspection -- so it is a bit like an 'all-you-can-sit' sampling of various exotic cars.
Wish it were all-you-can-drive... but that's okay.
One very curious find? A nearly-new Maserati Quattroporte. We had to check the auction book -- this QP feels that brand new in the flesh. If this were a 2015 or 2016, we would be very worried. That would indicate someone ordered it and hated it instantly. But as a 2014, this probably means the owner is now in a CTS-V or S63 by now.
This Quattroporte is -- thankfully -- a 2014 model, and not a GTS despite its sexy anthracite-finish alloys. Down from its $130k-plus original sticker, this QP should be terrific value at about half that cost. The plastic wrap on the seats makes it look like this big Maser went in for a service one day... and never left?
A sitdown in back shows how big the QP really is versus its very-tight Ghibli sibling -- most notably in the recline of the seats, knee room and overall hip space.
But that being said... it is no S-Class in back of the Quattroporte. Somewhat small doors and tight footwells will make this a less comfy cruiser for four very-affluent adults on the town.
Would we drive and love this car though, even in its too-subtle silver/black color scheme?
Oh yes. Yes we would!
2014 Maserati Quattroporte