2011 Audi
A8 L 4.2
vs. 2011 Maserati
Quattroporte

2011 Audi A8 L 4.2

10.0

Winner

Audi A8 L 4.2

starting from

$84,875

Reasons to buy the Audi A8 L 4.2

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Fantastic range on the highway
643 miles
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More airbags
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2011 Maserati Quattroporte

8.8

starting from

$125,150

Reasons to buy the Maserati Quattroporte

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High top speed
164 mph
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Wider turning radius
40.4 ft
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Quite powerful
405 HP @ 7,000 RPM
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Sporty performance
10.8 lb/hp
Cost 10.0 vs 7.5
2011 Audi A8 L 4.2 Winner: A8 L 4.2
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  • Basic warranty lasts 4 more years, 4 year vs None
  • Basic warranty lasts 50,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs None
  • The best price we've seen is $40,275 cheaper (more than 30% less), $84,875 vs $125,150
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
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Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Performance - vs -
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  • Both the Quattroporte and A8 L 4.2 are quite powerful
  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • Both provide sporty handling
Practicality - vs -
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  • Both come standard with navigation systems
  • Neither offers a folding rear seat
  • Neither offers power outlets
Entertainment System - vs -
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  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Quattroporte
  • Both come standard with satellite radio
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
  • Both vehicles can hit high speeds
Overall 10.0 vs 8.8

Cost

Audi
A8 L 4.2
2011 Audi A8 L 4.2
2011 Maserati Quattroporte Maserati
Quattroporte
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MSRP $84,875 vs $125,150 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 12 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs None The A8 L 4.2's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Quattroporte 's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs None The A8 L 4.2's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Quattroporte 's is very short

Luxury Features

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A8 L 4.2
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2011 Maserati Quattroporte Maserati
Quattroporte
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Safety Features

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A8 L 4.2
2011 Audi A8 L 4.2
2011 Maserati Quattroporte Maserati
Quattroporte
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Unknown
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Airbags 7 vs 5 The A8 L 4.2 has great airbag coverage, whereas the Quattroporte is just OK (missing Knee, Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the A8 L 4.2; optional upgrade on the Quattroporte
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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A8 L 4.2
2011 Audi A8 L 4.2
2011 Maserati Quattroporte Maserati
Quattroporte
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

Audi
A8 L 4.2
2011 Audi A8 L 4.2
2011 Maserati Quattroporte Maserati
Quattroporte
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Horsepower 372 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 405 HP @ 7,000 RPM Both the Quattroporte and A8 L 4.2 are quite powerful
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Number of gears 8 vs 6 The A8 L 4.2 has an extraordinary amount of gears, and the Quattroporte is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.0 lb/hp vs 10.8 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The A8 L 4.2 has a good drivetrain for driving off-road or in poor weather
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 41.7 ft vs 40.4 ft Caution: these vehicles make wide turns

Practicality

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A8 L 4.2
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2011 Maserati Quattroporte Maserati
Quattroporte
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 643 miles vs 476 miles The A8 L 4.2 gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the Quattroporte gets OK distance
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Cargo space 13.2 ft3 vs 15.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.7 ft3 vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a folding rear seat
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power outlets Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with navigation systems
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Cupholders Unknown vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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A8 L 4.2
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2011 Maserati Quattroporte Maserati
Quattroporte
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Number of speakers Unknown vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Standard Both come standard with satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs Unknown
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entertainment system Standard vs Optional Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Quattroporte

Road Tests

Audi
A8 L 4.2
2011 Audi A8 L 4.2
2011 Maserati Quattroporte Maserati
Quattroporte
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0-60 mph 5.5 seconds vs 5.5 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 126 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 14.0 s @ 105 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.95 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 155 mph vs 164 mph Both vehicles can hit high speeds

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