2009 Maserati Quattroporte vs. Its Competition

2009 Maserati Quattroporte

For now, the Quattroporte holds the market captive; the Mercedes S63 AMG is perhaps the closest match to the Maserati in performance and spirit (it outdoes the Maserati for acceleration), but it feels much heavier, doesn't handle as well, and doesn't have that unmistakable Ferrari sound.

And it looks too close to lesser S-Class models.

The Bentley Flying Spur is a close match from another direction; it's very exclusive, like the QP, 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 all-wheel-drive Audi S8, which won't exactly stand out at the most exclusive events but has very satisfying performance from a Lamborghini-derived V-10 engine.

Next year the Quattroporte will have some heavy competition, in the way of the 2010 Aston Martin Rapide.

The Rapide will be perhaps the closest rival to the Quattroporte but packs the DB9's 5.9-liter V-12 engine, rated at around 500 hp.

And that's even before considering the heat from the 2010 Porsche Panamera!

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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2009 Maserati Quattroporte steers like a sports car, sounds like a sports car, and looks like a sports car—but wait, it's a four-door sedan!
8.6
MSRP From  
$119,750$93,300$170,990
Gas Mileage  
12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy10 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas V8Gas V10Gas W12
EPA Class  
LargeMidsizeMid-Size
Style Name  
4-Door Sedan Quattroporte4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan
Drivetrain  
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveAll-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4-Door Sedan
Transmission  
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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