In most Italian sports cars, the backseat is an afterthought. But finally two of the country's most innovative manufacturers have incorporated a little largesse into their new four-seaters. The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti and Maserati Quattroporte are as cool as any coupes coming from Rome or Milan, only they're a lot less cramped. Of course, no one buys slick machines like these for the legroom alone. These paesans have plenty of bravura under the hood.
INSIDE AND OUT V-12 engine with 540 hp; aluminum body with all-leather interior in a range of 12 colors, including smoke, light blue, navy, red, cream, and black
PERFORMANCE Top speed of 196 mph; goes from zero to 60 in 4.2 seconds
TELLING DETAILS The 612 echoes the one-off Ferrari 375-MM, which film director Roberto Rossellini bought for Ingrid Bergman in 1954. Look for the side scoops, or "cove" door panels, popular on racers and Corvettes of that time.
INSIDE AND OUT V-8 engine with 400 hp; steel-and-aluminum body with mahogany, rosewood, briarwood, or titanium detailing inside; seat leather in a choice of 10 colors
PERFORMANCE Top speed of 171 mph; goes from zero to 60 in 5.2 seconds
TELLING DETAILS The Quattroporte, an update of a design introduced in 1963, is a sedan that thinks it's a sports car, thanks to clever suspension and weight distribution by the engineers at the design house Pininfarina (also responsible for the Scaglietti).