The Rapide is probably the closest to the Quattroporte in terms of luxury, exclusivity, and performance but goes one better by offering a bespoke V-12 engine and a 470-horsepower output.
The Panamera offers even greater performance than the Rapide but with a lower price tag.
However, the Quattroporte and Rapide are in a different league to the Panamera when it comes to badge cred.
The Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG comes close to the Maserati in performance, but it feels much heavier and doesn't handle as well.
The Bentley Flying Spur is a near match from another direction; it's very exclusive, like the Quattroporte, but it's more of the strong-and-silent type.
For high-speed highway storming, it's our choice over the Maserati, though.
A more affordable alternative is the Audi S8, which packs a V-10 punch and all-wheel-drive surefootedness.
However, the S8 is the type of car you buy when you don’t want to be seen, which is a typically low concern for shoppers in this segment.
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|11 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy||10 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas V8||Turbocharged Gas W12||Gas V10|
|Large||- TBD -||Subcompact||Midsize Cars||Midsize|
|4-Door Sedan Quattroporte||4-Door HB S||4-Door Sedan Automatic||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Hatchback||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic||PDK Automatic||Touchtronic Automatic||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic|