2012 Maserati Quattroporte vs. Its Competition

Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

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.

Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS2012 Maserati Quattroporte
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2012 BMW 7-Series 4-door Sedan 750i RWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 BMW 7-Series
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2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class 4-door Sedan 3.5L V6 Hybrid RWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S2012 Porsche Panamera
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Maserati Quattroporte is a stylish, well-handling, exclusive choice for a luxury sedan.
The 2012 BMW 7-Series is the Bavarian automaker's flagship model, and it cleverly wraps vast interior space, industry-leading tech, and the expected BMW fleet-footedness.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a wide range of personalities--all of them superbly comfortably, some of them outrageously powerful.
Bucking tradition and the ordinary, the 2012 Porsche Panamera mostly succeeds in being an excellent large fastback sedan.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
11 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I6Gas/Electric V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
LargeLargeLargeLarge Car
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan Quattroporte S4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD4-Door HB
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4-Door Sedan4 Door SedanHatchback
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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