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Alpina B5 v Cadillac CTS-V v Maserati Quattroporte: World Class

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 BMW Alpina B5Maserati QuattroporteCadillac CTS-V
Engine90deg V890deg V890deg V8
LocationFront, longitudinalFront-mid, longitudinalFront, longitudinal
Bore X Stroke92mm x 82.7mm92mm x 79.8mm99mm x 92mm
Cylinder BlockAluminium alloyAluminium alloyAluminium alloy
Cylinder HeadAluminium alloy, dohc per bank, four valves per cyl, variable inlet tracts, superchargerAluminium alloy, dohc per bank, four valves per cyl, variable valve timingAluminium alloy, overhead valves, pushrods, two valves per cyl
Fuel and IgnitionBosch Motronic ME 9.2.1 ignition/injection systemBosch Motronic ME7 electronic ignition/injection systemElectronic engine management, sequential fuel injection
Max Power493bhp @ 5500rpm (claimed)394bhp @ 7000rpm (claimed)398bhp @ 6000rpm (claimed)
Max Torque516lb ft @ 4250rpm (claimed)333lb ft @ 4500rpm (claimed)393lb ft @ 4500rpm (claimed)
TransmissionSwitch-Tronic six-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive, traction and stability controlsDuoSelect six-spd automatically actuated manual, transaxle, rear-drive, stability controlTremec T56 six-speed manual, rear-wheel drive, limited-slip diff, traction and stability control
Front SuspensionMacPherson struts, coil springs, gas dampers, anti-roll barDouble wishbones, 'Skyhook' continuously adaptable dampingDouble wishbones, gas dampers, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Rear SuspensionMulti-link, coil springs, gas dampers, anti-roll barDouble wishbones, 'Skyhook' continuously adaptable dampingMulti-link, gas dampers, anti-roll bar
SteeringRack and pinion, power assistedRack and pinion, power-assistedRack and pinion, power-assisted
BrakesVentilated discs, 374mm diameter front, 370mm rear, ABS, EBDVented discs, 330mm front, 316mm rear, ABS, EBDVented discs, 355mm front, 365mm rear, ABS
Wheels8.5 x 19in front, 9.5 x 19in rear, aluminium alloy8.5 x 18in front, 10.5 x 18in rear, aluminium alloy8.5 x 18in front, 8.5 x 18in rear, aluminium alloy
Tyres245/40 ZR19 front, 275/35 ZR19 rear, Michelin Pilot Sport 2245/45 ZR18 front, 285/45 ZR18 rear, Pirelli P Zero Rossos245/45 WR18, Goodyear Eagle F1
Weight Kerb1720kg1930kg1746kg
Power to Weight292bhp/ton207bhp/ton231bhp/ton
Max Speed195mph (claimed)171mph (claimed)163mph (claimed)
Basic Price£62,850£69,995£45,000 (approx)
On SaleNowNowNow
0 to 60 MPH4.7sec (claimed)5.2sec (claimed)4.8sec (claimed)

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