Maserati Quattroporte vs Audi A8 vs Porsche Panamera vs MBZ S-Class

Maserati Quattroporte vs Audi A8 vs Porsche Panamera vs MBZ S-Class

2018 Maserati Quattroporte S

The Maserati Quattroporte

When it comes to high-speed traveling in complete comfort, the concept of the grand touring sedan has evolved in recent years. The Quattroporte has a heritage of making every drive more memorable while exuding quintessential Maserati style. Combining its motorsport bloodline with a time-honored grand-touring tradition, the Maserati Quattroporte remains a top choice for buyers looking for a luxury sedan with a focus on performance.

As the luxury sedan segment has exploded in popularity, today’s marketplace is filled with choices. If you’ve been having trouble deciding if the Maserati Quattroporte is the best choice, we’ve assembled this helpful comparison which takes an in-depth look at top competitors from Audi, Porsche, and Mercedes-Benz. Let’s see how the Quattroporte S Q4 stacks up against the Audi A8L 3.0 Quattro, Porsche Panamera 4 AWD, and Mercedes-Benz S450 4MATIC.

2018 Maserati
Quattroporte S Q4
VS 2018 Audi
A8L 3.0 Quattro
2018 Porsche
Panamera 4 AWD
2018 Mercedes-Benz
3.0L V6 Engine 3.0L V6 3.0L V6 3.0L V6
424 Horsepower 333 330 362
428 Torque 325 331 369
Standard Speed Sensitive Power Steering Not Available Optional Standard
Bi-Xenon High Intensity Discharge Headlamp Type LED LED LED
4,101 lbs Curb Weight 4,464 lbs 4,123 lbs 4,685 lbs
5 Seating Capacity 5 4 5
124.8 inches Wheelbase 122.9 inches 116.1 inches 122.6 inches


Since performance is such an important part of any luxury grand touring experience, why would you ever settle for anything but the best? The Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 comes standard with a 3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 engine which produces an astounding 424 horsepower and 428 lb ft of torque. While each of the competitors offers a 3-liter engine, by choosing the Audi, Porsche, or Mercedes-Benz you’ll have between 62-94 horsepower disadvantage compared to the Maserati Quattroporte.

Additionally, the Quattroporte has the lowest curb weight among all vehicles in this comparison. Light weight is a key factor in delivering a thrilling ride and Maserati engineers went to great lengths in order to achieve the perfect handling balance.

2018 Maserati Quattroporte V6 Twin Turbo Engine
2018 Maserati Quattroporte Bi-Xenon HID Headlights

Precision & Refinement

Providing exceptionally clear lighting at the front of the Quattroporte are a pair of bi-xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps. Each of the three competitors offer LED headlamps. Perfect for an extended trip through the countryside, the Quattroporte features a wheelbase of 124.8 inches for greater stability and a smoother ride. The A8L, Panamera, and S-Class each deliver a shorter wheelbase which could potentially mean sacrificing on comfort.

Standard speed sensitive power steering is great for effortless highway cruising and precision maneuvers around town. Only the S450 4MATIC can match the Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 with this equipment. It’s unavailable at Audi and an expensive added-cost option on the Porsche.

Winner: Maserati Quattroporte

After comparing these four vehicles side-by-side, the Maserati Quattroporte emerges as the clear winner. Its blistering performance, sophisticated engineering, and seductive style have help establish the Quattroporte as a leader in the full-size luxury sports sedan segment. Maserati Louisville invites you to come experience all that the Quattroporte has to offer!

2018 Maserati Quattroporte