2021 Maserati Ghibli vs. Audi A7 vs Porsche Panamera
Searching for a premium sports sedan that combines first-class luxury with race-inspired performance? The Maserati Ghibli has remained a favorite among driving enthusiasts for decades and for good reason. Built to defy convention since its inception, the Ghibli features an inspired blend of quintessential Italian design combined with exhilarating driving dynamics.
To further demonstrate how the Ghibli continues to set the benchmark for its class, our team at Maserati of Akron has created this in-depth competitive comparison. You’ll learn exactly how the Ghibli stacks up against two of its most formidable competitors — the Audi A7 and Porsche Panamera.
Maserati Ghibli vs Audi A7
|2021 Maserati Ghibli||VS||2021 Audi A7 55 Premium|
|3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 ✓||Engine Type||3.0L Turbo V6|
|345 HP / 369 LB-FT TQ ✓||Horsepower / Torque||335 HP / 369 LB-FT TQ|
|Brembo Performance 4-Wheel Disc ✓||Brakes||4-Wheel Disc|
|8 ✓||Transmission Speeds||7|
|Standard, Mechanical ✓||Limited Slip Differential||Not Available|
|Standard, Keyfob ✓||Remote Start||Not Available|
|Standard ✓||Blind Spot Monitoring||Not Available|
|Standard ✓||Heated Steering Wheel||Not Available|
|Power, 4-Way ✓||Passenger Lumbar Support||Not Available|
|3,990 lbs ✓||Curb Weight||4,332 lbs|
Up first to challenge the Maserati Ghibli is the Audi A7. While these two sports sedans share identically sized V6 engines and similar starting prices, that’s where the similarities end. The twin-turbocharged V6 of the Ghibli delivers an extra 10 horsepower compared to the A7. When you factor in a curb weight that’s over 300 pounds less than the A7, the Ghibli offers greater agility and athleticism for a more rewarding experience behind the wheel. Other performance advantages for the Ghibli include a more sophisticated 8-speed automatic transmission, mechanical limited-slip differential, and Brembo brakes.
Shifting our focus towards premium convenience and technology features, Maserati continues to outshine Audi. The Ghibli comes standard with remote start and a heated steering wheel, great for staying comfortable in colder climates. Similarly, the front passenger will enjoy power-adjustable 4-way lumbar support for maximum comfort. Last but certainly not least, standard blind-spot monitoring provides an additional layer of peace of mind behind the wheel of the Maserati Ghibli. Choosing the Audi A7 means you’ll have to do without this extensive list of impressive features.
Maserati Ghibli vs Porsche Panamera
|2021 Maserati Ghibli S Q4||VS||2021 Porsche Panamera 4|
|3.0L Twin-Turbo V6||Engine Type||2.9L Turbo V6|
|424 HP / 428 LB-FT TQ||Horsepower / Torque||325 HP / 331 LB-FT TQ|
|Mechanical||Limited Slip Differential||Brake Actuated|
|Brembo 4-Wheel Disc||Brakes||4-Wheel Disc|
|Standard||Over-the-Air Software Updates||Not Available|
|Apple CarPlay / Android Auto / Amazon Alexa||Smartphone/Smart Device Compatability||Apple CarPlay|
|Standard, Keyfob||Remote Start||Not Available|
|Standard||Blind Spot Warning||Optional|
|Standard||Heated Steering Wheel||Optional|
|Driver and Passenger, Power 4-Way||Lumbar Support||Optional|
Next up, we’ll take a closer look at exactly how the Maserati Ghibli compares to the Porsche Panamera. In this matchup, we’ll place the potent Ghibli S Q4 against the equivalent Panamera 4. The most glaring difference between these two models is a staggering $12,110 price advantage for Maserati. If you’re thinking that these impressive savings mean you’ll be missing out on power or premium equipment, guess again!
Choosing the Ghibli over the Panamera means you’ll receive a much more thrilling and engaging experience behind the wheel. Beneath the hood of the Ghibli S Q4 lies a muscular 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that cranks out a potent 424 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque. That’s significantly more power than the more costly Porsche Panamera. Similarly, a mechanical limited-slip differential and Brembo performance brakes help to elevate the driving experience of the Ghibli S Q4.
Turning our focus towards the interiors of both sedans, the advantages continue to add up for Maserati. Thanks to over-the-air software update functionality inside the Ghibli, your infotainment and multimedia will always remain current. You’ll also receive Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa compatibility as well. Other features included as standard include a keyfob-activated remote start system and blind-spot detection. The Porsche Panamera is also unable to match the standard heated steering wheel and power-adjustable 4-way lumbar support for both of the front seats.
Winner – Maserati Ghibli
Now that we’ve crunched the numbers, the clear winner of this competitive comparison is the Maserati Ghibli. Both the Audi A7 and Porsche Panamera simply cannot match the exhilarating performance, impeccable craftsmanship, premium standard features, and remarkable value found across the Maserati Ghibli model range. Ready to experience the passion and power that’s made the Ghibli an icon? Visit us today at Maserati of Akron and choose the model that’s perfectly suited to your lifestyle.