From national flags and football team crests to religious symbols and even jewellery designers’ hallmarks, the mere glimpse of certain icons can awaken emotions. The MY15 Maserati Quattroporte in Grigio Maratea proved equally arresting and soul-stirring as it prowled the streets of Skipton before being unleased in the Dales, with the unmistakable Trident on its grille, flanks adorned with triple air vents, gorgeous alloy wheels, Rosso brake callipers and sleek headlights.

The Sabbia and Nero interior finely crafted by Poltrona Frau, complete with chrome inserts, egg-shaped clock and electric blinds created a plush ambience, aside from a few cheapish Fiat Chrysler components that’ve found their way in. The Ferrari-built V8 engine produces 530bhp and 710Nm torque, hits 62mph in 4.7 seconds and is capable of 190mph. Like its rivals, this Italian beast needed pushing to coax out maximum magic. Despite Sport mode’s sharper throttle, stiffer Skyhook suspension and throatier exhaust, the ride and steering feedback could’ve been better, but only more aggressive, daring drivers would really notice.

With an on-the-road price of £116,000 as tested, it emits 274g CO2/km but can achieve a relatively respectable 23.9mpg. It’s a cavernous car inside with a large boot, making it a superb continental cruiser to be relished by enthusiastic owner-drivers and VIP passengers alike. It lacks the safety technology some of its German and British rivals have, and dynamically can’t take the crown, but sense of occasion and exclusivity are guaranteed from this sensual super-saloon that oozes Italian charm and flair.

If you are contemplating leasing a Maserati Quattroporte on business or personal contract hire (PCH), whether it be a GTS as reviewed here or a diesel model, our knowledgeable team will be glad to assist.