Talk about an unorthodox and unusual comparison – the german fellows at Autobild puts the new BMW 7 Series against the Porsche Panamera and the Maserati Quattroporte.
All three vehicles tested are equipped with a V8 and rear-wheel drive. While the Maserati is the sportiest from the bunch, the Panamera and 7 Series compensate with their overwhelming technology and road stance.
The twin-turbo V8 engine in the 750i produces 407 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm. All that brute force is kept in place by the extremely elaborate aluminum suspension system and its Active Roll Stabilization.
With the push of a button, the driver can choose between the Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus driving modes. Furthermore, the M-Sport Package adds even more appeal to the BMW flagship.
Maserati leads in the horsepower department with its 440 ponies coming out of a 4.7 liter V78 engine. Quattroporte also features a sport suspension and 20-inch wheels.
Porsche Panamera uses a new generation 4.8 liter V8 engine derived from the Cayenne S / GTS. It outputs exactly 400 horsepower through direct injection and variable intake control.
Same as the 7 Series, Panamera features an advanced and complex suspension system that compliments the driving characteristics of this controversial Porsche.
According to Autobild, the 7 Series is “king” on the Autobahn. The limousine characteristics of the 7 Series stand out and the active roll stabilization works as advertised.
With a push of a button, the Maserati unleashes a “hell sound”, so outrageous that everything and everyone around the car is simply intimidated, but yet…delighted. The automatic transmission is fast and smooth in changing gears and it stands out even more during the racetrack exercise. As expected, the Quattroporte comes ahead of the BMW during the timed laps.
Surprisingly, Autobild finds that Panamera S, with its superior sporting talents, puts his rivals into the ground.
On the motorway, the Panamera marches calmly to the top speed of 283 km/h and acts as a sports car that needs a firm hand on the steering wheel. On rural roads, Panamera S feels incredible light, preparing itself for the ultimate test: timed laps on the racetrack. Panamera S has the fastest acceleration time and thanks to its sporty brakes, delivers the shortest stopping distance.
While cornering, the steering wheel never feels too sharp and Panamera S instantly evokes confidence.
Maybe not the most accurate or appropriate comparison, but it is quite interesting to see how these three distinctive vehicles stack up against each other.[Source: Autobild | Photos by Car and Driver ]