2023 Maserati Ghibli vs. Audi A7 vs. BMW 7 Series 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 three of its most formidable competitors — the Audi A7, BMW 7 Series, and Porsche Panamera.
Maserati Ghibli vs Audi A7
|2023 Maserati Ghibli||VS||2023 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||Optional|
|Standard ✓||Heated Steering Wheel||Optional|
|Power, 4-Way ✓||Passenger Lumbar Support||Not Available|
|3,990 lbs ✓||Curb Weight||4,343 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 BMW 7 Series
|2023 Maserati Ghibli Modena||VS||2023 BMW 740i|
|$2,700 ✓||Cost To Upgrade To AWD||$20,300|
|4,123 lbs ✓||Curb Weight||4,720 lbs|
|4.9 seconds ✓||0-60 Time||5.2 seconds|
|178 mph ✓||Top Speed||130 mph|
|Standard ✓||Limited Slip Differential||Not Available|
|60/40 Split-Folding ✓||Rear Seat Folding||Fixed|
Up next against the Ghibli is the BMW 7 Series. From the “Ultimate Driving Machine” company, BMW has always emphasized the sportiness of the 7 Series more than its German rivals have. But up against the Italian Ghibli Modena, the 740i doesn’t look quite so sporty. The Maserati offers just shy of 50 horsepower more for $1,200 less. The Maserati also offers more torque, and comes in at 600 pounds lighter. No wonder it hits 60mph sooner. The Ghibli also has a much higher top speed. Not that you’ll be hitting that on the highway, but it is an indicator of how much more seriously Maserati has taken the sport side of the Ghibli. Another pretty solid indicator is that the Ghibli has a limited-slip differential, while the 7 series does not.
On the practicality side, the Ghibli comes with a 60/40 split-folding back seat, and that means more space for luggage. Then there is the question of all-wheel drive, always a popular option in Ohio. On the Ghibli it’s a pretty straightforward upgrade at a price you would expect. But for the 7 Series, it requires an upgrade to a whole different trim level, with an eye-watering price jump. Then there is the question of customization. The 7 Series comes in any of 11 different colors. This isn’t a bad variety, but it falls well short of the 23 offered by Maserati. On top of that, there are 11 different liveries that can be added to further customize the Ghibli, for a huge range of possible colors and combinations.
Maserati Ghibli vs Porsche Panamera
|2023 Maserati Ghibli Modena AWD||VS||2023 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|
|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 $2,200 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. 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. The Audi A7, BMW 7 Series, 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.