As seen in the latest issue of bmag, Chris Nixon tests Nissan’s new Pathfinder and the Maserati Quattroporte 3.

Magnificent MaserATI now with 6 cyls

Who’s a lucky fella?

I’ve just test-driven the Maserati Quattroporte S for a day, but you’ll be even luckier if you have the $240,000 to own this beauty.

This “QP” is all-new from the ground up and the S offers 6-cylinder power (V6, twin turbos, 301 kW) for the first time to complement the traditional V8.

Still one of the world’s most beautiful sedans, the Maserati now has a much bigger back seat and boot. The lush interior fitout remains.

Coupled to an also-new ZF eight-speed automatic, the Ferrari-assembled engine gives as much performance as the superseded V8, the biggest-selling car in Maserati history.

The V6 reaches 100 kmh in 5.1 sec and a top speed of 285 kmh – accompanied by a scintillating, full-throttle wail.

The S handles brilliantly and overall is a greatly enhanced Maserati. Next, the mid-size Ghibli and in late-2015 the Levante SUV.

TESTING: NISSAN PATHFINDER

The Pathfinder’s smooth new shape hides a pile of practical appeal.

Three model grades all are available with either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and come standard with seven seats, climate control, reversing camera, fulllength side curtain airbags, tyre pressure monitoring and 5-star crash protection.

Nissan’s award-winning petrol V6 continues, linked to an excellent CVT auto transmission.

On the road, the Pathfinder’s greater refinement is immediately noticeable.