This Is What Happens When Supercar Manufacturers Make Four-Door Sedans

There was a time – and it wasn’t so long ago – that supercar manufacturers made two-door sports cars, and that was all they made. But these days their wealthy clientele demand the best of both worlds: the ability to transport the entire family at breakneck speeds and in the grandest of style.

That’s left exotic automakers speeding at unprecedented pace into the crossover market, but high-riding SUVs aren’t the only bodystyle they’ve pursued. With few exceptions, the majority of automakers that we know best for their exotic supercars have at least experimented with the idea of a four-door family sedan. And what’s more is that a few of them have even put them into production.

So with apologies to the likes of McLaren, Pagani and Koenigsegg – automakers that may never produce anything with more than two doors – here are six of our favorite sedans to come from Europe’s supercar powerhouses.

Lamborghini Estoque

Though Lamborghini made its name producing (and currently only produces) two-seat, mid-engined supercars, it has actually made a variety of vehicles over the years. Agricultural tractors, yes, but also SUVs, front-engined 2+2 GTs, even marine and F1 engines. And in 2008, it tried out the idea of a four-door sedan. The concept revealed at the Paris Motor Show was called the Estoque, and packed the Gallardo’s 5.2-liter V10 up front driving all four wheels. In the end, though, the company opted instead of build the Urus crossover instead of the Estoque sedan.

Bugatti Galibier

With the end of the Veyron’s production looming, Bugatti entertained different ideas for what it would do next. One idea was to do a highly exclusive saloon, which took the form of the Galibier concept. It packed the Veyron’s 8.0-liter W16 engine, but turned around and fitted with two superchargers instead of four turbos, and would have made even the Bentley Mulsanne look ordinary. It wasn’t the first time that Bugatti entertained the idea of a sedan in its modern history, following the EB 112 and EB 218 concepts from the 1990s. And like those concepts, it never reached production. Instead Bugatti opted to make the Chiron as a more direct successor to the Veyron.

Ferrari Pinin

Ferrari has sworn up and down that it would never make a four-door sedan. That’s what Maserati is for, its executives have been fond of saying (but more on that below). But back in 1980, in celebration of its own 50th anniversary, Maranello’s longtime design partner Pininfarina built the one-of-a-kind Ferrari Pinin concept. It was based on the 400 (precursor to today’s GTC4Lusso), and packed a 4.8-liter V12. Sergio Pininfarina and Enzo Ferrari reportedly discussed the idea of putting it into production, but the prospect came to nought, and was never entertained again.

Maserati Quattroporte

Of all the exotic automakers producing four-door sedans, Maserati is arguably the most established. The Trident marque came out with its first Quattroporte way back in 1963, and the model is now in its sixth iteration. Over the years it’s been offered with a variety of V6 and V8 engines, the most recent iterations powered by engines made for it by Ferrari. At this point, joined by the smaller Ghibli, Maserati makes more sedans than it does sports cars.

Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin has its fair share of experience making four-door sedans as well. Its Lagonda brand has produced a series of saloons over the years, revived most recently by the Taraf designed for the Persian Gulf market. Relatively more ubiquitous, however, is the Rapide – a four-door coupe (if ever we’ve seen one) based closely on the DB9. The latest Rapide S packs Aston’s celebrated 6.0-liter V12, rated at 552 horsepower.

Porsche Panamera

After charting its course to financial success with the Cayenne crossover in 2002, Porsche came out with the Panamera in 2009. Now in its second generation, the Panamera has been offered with V6, V8, turbocharged, diesel and even hybrid powertrains, mated to manual, automatic, or dual-clutch transmissions, and driving the rear wheels or all four. The latest Panamera Turbo packs 550 horsepower to reach 60 in as little as 3.4 seconds, bringing the family (or your best friends) along for the ride – and making it arguably the ideal four-door sports car.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I’ll take the Panamera, please. And the Estoque.

    • europeon

      Why Panamera? Serious question.

      The Panamera (granted, not the new generation) is cold and lacking any kind of human touch, just like it was designed by a computer from an 1984-type alternate universe.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Because it’s beautiful (new one), and has great materials.

        • europeon

          So are the Maseratis.

          • Tumbi Mtika

            I know.

  • Ronald Beach

    I’d like a sedan with an Estoque nose and a Rapide rear, like the first picture. I know the second slice is the Quatroporte, but what is that third slice?

    • Nordschleife

      The Galibier

      • Ronald Beach

        The chrome strip, angles and coloration are all wrong for the Galibier. It’s not the Bugatti.

  • Miknik

    The Ferrari clearly inspired Opel/Vauxhall designers in the 80ies, as some of the greenhouse ended up in the Omega A whilst the front end made it nearly identical to the Senator B

  • Nordschleife

    I always loved the Galibier. I don’t know why it speaks to me but it does….LOUDLY.

  • BGM

    Here’s the problem: the Estoque, Rapide and Panamera are 4 door versions of 2 door cars. The problem with this is not readily obvious to any of the design teams or their managers. Let’s not even say anything about the Panamera which – apart from having the most stupid name that ever graced a Porsche – is just insultingly ugly (surpassed only by the first generation Cayenne). The other two are beautiful, if not very imaginative, cars. Except their fronts. The air intake spaces that make the Aventador look menacing are completely out of place on the Estoque. And Aston… It’s been about 15 years and all your cars look the same (not even an amateur enthusiast like me can tell them apart). Maybe it’s time for a change.

    Bottom line – could you please for the love of Pete design a proper 4 door car that isn’t simply a copy of a 2 door one?

    • jh

      How is the estoque based on a 2door? It only has the gallardo engine and probably uses the panamera platform (which isn’t based on a 2door, either). You are right about the aston. The only proper looking one of the mentioned above is the one that won’t be build due to a hidious suv named urus (wtf!!!)

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