Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Maserati GranTurismo VS 2014 Audi RS Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Maserati GranTurismo

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2014 Audi RS

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Maserati GranTurismo are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Audi RS 5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the GranTurismo and the RS 5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Reliability Comparison

The RS 5’s redline is at 8400 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The GranTurismo has a 7200 RPM redline.

Engine Comparison

The GranTurismo MC’s standard 4.7 DOHC V8 produces 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 317) than the RS 5’s 4.2 DOHC V8. The GranTurismo Sport’s standard 4.7 DOHC V8 produces 4 more horsepower (454 vs. 450) and 67 lbs.-ft. more torque (384 vs. 317) than the RS 5’s 4.2 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The GranTurismo has 6.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the RS 5 (22.7 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The GranTurismo stops shorter than the RS 5:

GranTurismo

RS 5

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

158 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction and acceleration, the GranTurismo has larger rear tires than the RS 5 (295/35R20 vs. 265/35R19). The GranTurismo’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the RS 5 (295/35R20 vs. 275/30R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GranTurismo has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the RS 5.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GranTurismo’s wheelbase is 7.5 inches longer than on the RS 5 (115.8 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

The GranTurismo’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (48.5% to 51.5%) than the RS 5’s (57.3% to 42.7%). This gives the GranTurismo more stable handling and braking.

The GranTurismo handles at .98 G’s, while the RS 5 Coupe pulls only .96 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the GranTurismo’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the RS 5’s (35.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The GranTurismo has 2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RS 5 Coupe (86 vs. 84).

Ergonomics Comparison

The GranTurismo’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The RS 5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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