Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Maserati Quattroporte VS 2013 Porsche Panamera Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Maserati Quattroporte

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2013 Porsche Panamera

Safety Comparison

The Quattroporte has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Panamera doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Quattroporte and the Panamera 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.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Quattroporte’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Panamera 3.6 DOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Panamera’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

Engine Comparison

The Quattroporte has more powerful engines than the Panamera:

Horsepower

Torque

Quattroporte S 3.0 turbo V6

404 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Quattroporte GTS 3.8 turbo V8

523 HP

524 lbs.-ft.

Panamera 3.6 DOHC V6

300 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Panamera S Hybrid 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

428 lbs.-ft.

Panamera S 4.8 DOHC V8

400 HP

389 lbs.-ft.

Panamera GTS 4.8 DOHC V8

430 HP

384 lbs.-ft.

Panamera Turbo 4.8 turbo V8

500 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Quattroporte’s standard 245/45R19 front and 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Panamera’s standard 50 series front and 45 series rear tires. The Quattroporte’s optional 245/35R21 front and 285/30R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Panamera’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Quattroporte’s wheelbase is 9.8 inches longer than on the Panamera (124.8 inches vs. 115 inches).

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

For better maneuverability, the Quattroporte’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Panamera S Hybrid’s (38.7 feet vs. 39 feet). The Quattroporte’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Panamera’s (38.7 feet vs. 39.3 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Quattroporte is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the Panamera is rated a Mid-size.

The Quattroporte has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Panamera can only carry 4.

The Quattroporte has 16 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Panamera (114 vs. 98).

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