Our feelings towards Maserati can usually be described as “indifferent.” We respect the brand for superior performance and famed luxury, but we’ve never enjoyed any sort of rabid lust like with the Lotus Exige or Audi R8 V10. Nevertheless, the Maserati Quattroporte for Centurion has managed win us over, and really for no other reason than the Centurion emblazoned onto the headrest. Nothing says, “I have arrived” like resting your perfectly coiffed head against a raised likeness of Ben Hur.
Designed exclusively as a made-to-order vehicle, the Quattroporte for Centurion is offered in two trim levels, Centurion 4.2 and Centurion 4.7, and both come finished in a black-and-white contrast theme featuring Carbon Black exterior paint and sumptuous white Poltrona Frau leather upholstery. Beneath the hood, the Centurion 4.2 is powered by a 400-horsepower 4.2L V8 capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in just 6.2 seconds before maxing out at a top speed of 167mph. The Centurion 4.7 boosts both speed and performance, but only marginally. Equipped with a 4.7L V8, the Centurion 4.7 put outs 430-horsepower and grants a little more room to roam with a top speed of 174 mph. It’s 0-62mph time is 5.6s, only a few tenths of a second better than the 4.2, which sort of leads us to question “Why bother?” Fortunately, the difference in price matches the difference in specs with the Maserati Quattroporte for Centurion 4.2 retailing for £88,315 and the 4.7 a mere £94,185.