Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Maserati Quattroporte VS 2013 Mercedes S-Class Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Maserati Quattroporte

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2013 Mercedes S-Class

Safety Comparison

Both the Quattroporte and the old S-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Engine Comparison

The Quattroporte has more powerful engines than the old S-Class:



Quattroporte S 3.0 turbo V6

404 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Quattroporte GTS 3.8 turbo V8

523 HP

524 lbs.-ft.


295 HP

284 lbs.-ft.

S550 4.7 turbo V8

429 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

S600 5.5 turbo V12

510 HP

612 lbs.-ft.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Quattroporte’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the old S-Class:


old S-Class

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.2 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

11.8 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction and acceleration, the Quattroporte has larger standard rear tires than the old S-Class (275/40R19 vs. 255/45R18). The Quattroporte’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the old S-Class (285/35R20 vs. 275/40R19).

The Quattroporte’s standard 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the old S-Class’ standard 45 series tires. The Quattroporte’s optional 285/30R21 rear tires have a lower 30 series profile than the old S-Class’ optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Quattroporte has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the old S-Class. The Quattroporte’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the old S-Class.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Quattroporte is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the old S-Class.

The Quattroporte’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the old S-Class’ (52% to 48%). This gives the Quattroporte more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Quattroporte’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the old S-Class’ (38.7 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Maserati Quattroporte may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 850 pounds less than the Mercedes S-Class.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Quattroporte has 4.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the old S-Class (114 vs. 109.4).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Quattroporte has a much larger trunk than the old S-Class (18.7 vs. 16.4 cubic feet).

The Quattroporte’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The old S-Class doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

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