Maserati Quattroporte vs. the Audi S8

November 18th, 2015 by

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When it comes to luxury cars, there’s a lot to be offered at Maserati dealers, where some of the best luxury cars in the world are featured to bring you an unmatched luxury sedan, including their popular Quattroporte model, which comes in three variations: Quattroporte S, S Q4, and GTS.

However, let’s be honest. When it comes to the world of luxury cars, you’ve got options. Many different luxury car brands are out there featuring similar technology, luxury, and handling. One option you might be considering the Maserati Quattroporte against is the Audi S8, which has a similar body style and is from a reputable European luxury car maker.

We’ll be comparing these two vehicles to see how they match up against each other when it comes to luxury, technology, and the driving experience. These vehicles have a lot to offer buyers, so buckle your seatbelts for this match.

Who’s the winner when it comes to the Maserati Quattroporte and the Audi S8?

Let’s Talk Engines

The Quattroporte has a twin turbo 3.0L V6 engine that delivers 404 horsepower and goes from 0-60 in five seconds. This is pretty impressive for a vehicle of the Maserati’s size, which has incorporated aluminum into its body to be lighter as well as elongated its wheelbase to provide a roomier interior in addition to improved handling.

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The Audi S8 features a 4.0L V8 engine with a turbocharged 520 horsepower and 481 lb.-ft. of torque. This kicks the Audi’s 0-60 time up to just 3.7 seconds! The top speed of these vehicles differ though—although the Audi has more horsepower and a faster 0-60 time, the Quattroporte is the sedan that comes out on top with a top speed of 177 MPH. The S8 lags behind at a mere 155. This means that Quattroporte beats the Audi’s top speed by more than 25 MPH.

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The fuel economy of these vehicles differs as well. The Maserati Quattroporte offers a mere 18 MPG while the Audi gets on top with up to 27 MPG on the highway. Although when you’re looking for a luxury sedan, fuel efficiency isn’t usually the top thing on your list when it comes to wants or needs.

Luxury Interiors—Which Is Better?

The interiors of the two sedans come close, although arguably the premium Italian leather of the Maserati is hard to match, despite the fact that the Audi S8 offers premium leather as well. The interior of the Audi S8 is a little busier than the Maserati when it comes to controls. The Quattroporte has an expertly designed dash that doesn’t invade the driver’s sense of control over the vehicle. The dash is in three long horizontal rows that contour nicely with the controls and 8.4-inch touchscreen. With six trim options offered in high gloss, the Quattroporte is all about luxury.

The Audi S8 has a Bose Preminum Sound System with fourteen speakers, which falls just shy of the Quattroporte’s fifteen speakers with the Harman Kardon sound system. The S8 also features sport front seats and front and rear parking sensors, just as the Maserati does.

The Audi offers more exterior and interior colors than the Quattroporte as well. Although the Maserati also has wood trim to further accentuate the luxury of the interior. You’ll feel like you’re in a sports car when you’re driving the Quattroporte, although really you’ll be in a luxury sedan with night ambient lighting.

With its heated rear seats, huge frameless windows, and a refined interior with customizing options that tailor to the buyer’s taste, the Quattroporte wins over the Audi this round.

The Exterior Styling

The exterior of both vehicles are impressive, especially since the Audi S8 has chosen to incorporate aluminum optic accents and LED lighting onto its exterior body and lights. The Maserati Quattroporte offers LED headlights and taillights as well, and frameless doors create a signature Maserati look. The grille with the unmistakable Trident logo is also characteristic of the Quattroporte.

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The Quattroporte feels more like a coupe when you’re looking at the well-refined exterior. Coming in shades of gray, black, and white, this model also features Blu Passione for those who are feeling a little more adventurous with their color choices. The S8 does come in more colors than the Quattroporte, and its exterior is newly designed to create a more muscled design. However, the design of the S8 still isn’t totally distinctive and doesn’t quite capture the uniqueness that the Maserati has achieved with the Quattroporte’s sleek lines.

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Maserati also offers custom brake caliper colors in red, blue, and silver. Combine these with your body color of choice and you’ve got quite a vehicle. The Quattroporte also offers two dual tailpipes that are stainless steel, a spoiler that’s been integrated into the lid of the trunk, and up to 21-inch rims. Combine this with Maserati’s sport mode and the Quattroporte is seeming more and more like a sports car.

Price and Options

The Audi S8 starts at just over $115k, while the Maserati Quattroporte rests just below $100k at $99,900. For the price, the Maserati has more options from the custom interior and brake calipers to the sport mode and luxury interior that create this comfortable yet sport-like sedan.

The Audi’s pricing hasn’t changed from 2015, which makes you wonder what else you’re getting for 2016. The S8 does offer speed sensitive volume control along with four-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, and stability control. The Maserati offers its own stability system called Maserati Stability Program, which features suspension stiffness control.

The S8 also features emergency braking assist, pre and post collision safety systems, and night vision assistant. The Quattroporte comes with front and rear parking sensors along with blind spot monitoring, a rain sensor, automatic headlight activation, and a rear-view camera.

For the Quattroporte’s price, which is over $15k below the Audi’s, this luxury sedan has more features, a distinctive look, and some great technology. Although the Audi S8 features more horsepower with better fuel mileage and a faster 0-60 time, the top speed is well below the Maserati’s and it doesn’t feature a sport mode to deal with all that torque and horsepower.

When you’re considering your next luxury sedan, the Maserati Quattroporte is surprisingly affordable next to the Audi S8. The S8 delivers if you’re looking for big horsepower along with some great technology. However, the Quattroporte comes in at a lower price with a higher top speed and a competitive horsepower offered in a sport mode with custom suspension handling.

Although the Audi S8 and the Maserati Quattroporte may both make your list when it comes time to consider your next luxury sedan, the Quattroporte takes home the trophy as the best car for your money. Featuring timeless luxury and design, the Maserati will get you where you need to go faster and let you do so in style and class. No over-doing it on the gadgets for the Maserati—just a great drive handled by an experienced car in some classy colors.

Come and experience a Maserati Quattroporte in the model of your choice to see what we’re talking about with the luxury interior and the exterior prowess. You’ll be surprised that its price is under the Audi’s!