Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Audi RS 7 VS 2015 Maserati Quattroporte Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Audi RS 7

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2015 Maserati Quattroporte

Safety Comparison

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The RS 7’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi RS 7 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 Maserati Quattroporte has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the RS 7 and Quattroporte have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The RS 7 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Quattroporte’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The RS 7 offers optional Pre Sense Plus, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Quattroporte doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The RS 7 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the RS 7. But it costs extra on the Quattroporte.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the RS 7 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The RS 7’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The RS 7’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the RS 7 and the Quattroporte 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

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The RS 7’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the Quattroporte’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are almost 5 times as many Audi dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the RS 7’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

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The RS 7’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 156 more horsepower (560 vs. 404) and 110 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 406) than the Quattroporte S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6. The RS 7’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 37 more horsepower (560 vs. 523) than the Quattroporte GTS’ standard 3.8 turbo V8. The RS 7 Performance’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 82 more horsepower (605 vs. 523) and 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 524) than the Quattroporte GTS’ standard 3.8 turbo V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the RS 7’s fuel efficiency. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

RS 7

RS 7 Performance

Quattroporte S

Quattroporte GTS

Front Rotors

15.4 inches

16.5 inches

14.2 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

14 inches

14.5 inches

13.8 inches

13.8 inches

The RS 7 Performance has standard heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the RS 7 has larger tires than the Quattroporte (275/35R20 vs. 245/45R19). The RS 7’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Quattroporte (275/35R20 vs. 245/40R20).

The RS 7’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Quattroporte’s standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires. The RS 7’s optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the Quattroporte’s optional 35 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the RS 7 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Quattroporte.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The front and rear suspension of the RS 7 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Quattroporte, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The RS 7 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The RS 7’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

Chassis Comparison

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The RS 7 is 9.9 inches shorter than the Quattroporte, making the RS 7 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the RS 7. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the RS 7’s trunk can be opened just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Quattroporte, the RS 7 offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The RS 7 has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left down on the RS 7 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Quattroporte can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the RS 7 has standard extendable sun visors. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the RS 7 offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Quattroporte doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations Comparison

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The RS 7 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 4 years. The Quattroporte has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The RS 7 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The Quattroporte has never been an “All Star.”

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