Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Maserati Quattroporte VS 2014 BMW 7 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Maserati Quattroporte

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2014 BMW 7

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Maserati Quattroporte have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW 7 Series doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Maserati Quattroporte 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 BMW 7 Series doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Quattroporte and the 7 Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Engine Comparison

The Quattroporte has more powerful engines than the 7 Series:

Horsepower

Torque

Quattroporte S 3.0 turbo V6

404 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Quattroporte GTS 3.8 turbo V8

523 HP

524 lbs.-ft.

740i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

315 HP

330 lbs.-ft.

ActiveHybrid 7 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid

350 HP

360 lbs.-ft.

750i 4.4 turbo V8

445 HP

480 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Quattroporte has a gallon more fuel capacity than the 7 Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 20.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Quattroporte has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The 7 Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Quattroporte’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 7 Series:

Quattroporte S

Quattroporte GTS

740

750/760/B7

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

15 inches

13.7 inches

14.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

14.6 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction and acceleration, the Quattroporte has larger standard rear tires than the 7 Series (275/40R19 vs. 245/50R18).

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 740i’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Quattroporte has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the 740i.

The Quattroporte has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 7 Series, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Quattroporte’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the 7 Series SWB (124.8 inches vs. 120.9 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Quattroporte’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the 7 Series SWB’s (38.7 feet vs. 40 feet). The Quattroporte’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the 750Li’s (38.7 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Quattroporte has 8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 7 Series SWB (114 vs. 106).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Quattroporte has a much larger trunk than the 7 Series SWB (18.7 vs. 14 cubic feet).

The Quattroporte’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The 7 Series doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Quattroporte offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 7 Series doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Quattroporte’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The 7 Series has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

The Quattroporte offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The 7 Series doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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