The Quattroporte spans a delicate chasm between true ultra-luxury sedans and four-door sports cars.
Models like the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class are more the former (except for their Alpina and AMG variants, perhaps), while the Porsche Panamera, Maserati Quattroporte, and Aston Martin Rapide are on the performance side.
Between these models, you'll find advanced active-safety features like Attention Assist, night vision systems, and head-up displays on the German luxury flagships, while the others have more of an emphasis on materials, beauty, and exclusivity.
The BMW 7-Series and S-Class are offered in 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; although we do like the Panamera's overall performance better than that of the Quattroports--especially in Panamera Turbo form.
Meanwhile, the Panamera does lack some of the passion and panache of the Italian's interior and exterior style--as well as the Maserati's intoxicating engine souind.
|2013 Maserati QuattroporteBrowse Used Listings||2013 BMW 7-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2013 Mercedes-Benz S ClassBrowse Used Listings||2013 Porsche PanameraBrowse Used Listings||2013 Aston Martin RapideBrowse Used Listings|
|12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Turbocharged Gas I6||Gas/Electric V6||Gas V6||N/A|
|Large Cars||Large Cars||Large||Large Car||N/A|
|4-Door Sedan Quattroporte S||4-Door Sedan 740i RWD||4-Door Sedan S400 Hybrid RWD||4-Door HB||N/A|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||N/A|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||N/A|