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The Quattroporte has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Quattroporte S offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The CTS-V doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The Quattroporte has a standard Surround View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CTS-V only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the Quattroporte and the CTS-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, collision warning systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Quattroporte have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the CTS-V.
On the EPA test cycle the Quattroporte GTS RWD V8 gets better fuel mileage than the CTS-V (15 city/22 hwy vs. 14 city/21 hwy).
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Quattroporte’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CTS-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Quattroporte has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the CTS-V (21 vs. 19 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Quattroporte offers optional 21-inch wheels. The CTS-V’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.
The Quattroporte has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the CTS-V; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.
The Quattroporte’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The CTS-V doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Quattroporte’s wheelbase is 10.2 inches longer than on the CTS-V (124.8 inches vs. 114.6 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Quattroporte is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 3.6 inches wider in the rear than on the CTS-V.
The Quattroporte’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the CTS-V’s (52.7% to 47.3%). This gives the Quattroporte more stable handling and braking.
For better maneuverability, the Quattroporte’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the CTS-V’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.3 feet).
The design of the Maserati Quattroporte amounts to more than styling. The Quattroporte has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .28 Cd. That is significantly lower than the CTS-V (.34) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Quattroporte get better fuel mileage.
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Quattroporte a Large car, while the CTS-V is rated a Mid-size.
The Quattroporte has 17 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CTS-V (114 vs. 97).
The Quattroporte has 11 inches more front hip room, 7.4 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 4.5 inches more rear hip room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the CTS-V.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Quattroporte’s available rear seats recline. The CTS-V’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Quattroporte has a much larger trunk than the CTS-V (18.7 vs. 13.7 cubic feet).
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Quattroporte’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.
The Quattroporte’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The CTS-V does not have an oil pressure gauge.
If the windows are left open on the Quattroporte the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. The driver of the CTS-V can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Quattroporte to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The CTS-V doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Quattroporte has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The CTS-V doesn’t offer headlight washers.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Quattroporte has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The CTS-V doesn’t offer cornering lights.
Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the Quattroporte’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The CTS-V doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Quattroporte has a standard 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 CTS-V doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
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