The luxury four-door market is diverging into two main classes: the true sedans and the four-door sports cars.
The BMW 7-Series and S-Class represent the former; the Panamera and Quattroporte the latter.
All, however, offer many of the same features, just filtered through a different lens.
The BMW 7-Series and S-Class, for example, provide long-wheelbase options for true executive limousine use, while the Quattroporte is short on rear-seat space.
The Panamera does better in this regard, but gives up a traditional sedan profile to do it--with a controversial exterior design.
The Panamera's performance, on the other hand, is even more impressive than the Quattroporte's, particularly in Turbo form, yet despite its excellent materials and workmanship, lacks some of the passion and panache of the Italian's interior and exterior style.
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|2012 Maserati QuattroporteBrowse Used Listings||2012 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2012 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings||2012 Porsche PanameraBrowse Used Listings|
|11 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Turbocharged Gas I6||Gas/Electric V6||Gas V6|
|4-Door Sedan Quattroporte S||4-Door Sedan 740i RWD||4-Door Sedan S400 Hybrid RWD||4-Door HB|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Hatchback|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift|