The 2014 Maserati Ghibli is an all-new model. This four-door sedan slots below the Quattroporte in size and price. A pair of turbocharged V-6 engines provide the power, driving the rear wheels or all four...more
Maserati resurrects the nameplate from one of its most beautiful late 1960s coupes/convertibles, Ghibli, for its new four-door sedan. The new entry is one size smaller than the newly redesigned Quattroporte, which itself has gone up a notch in size and price. The 2014 Maserati Ghibli is a critical part of Maserati's plan to become a much more visible luxury marque, but to do so the Ghibli must battle big-name competitors from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.
The 2014 Maserati Ghibli in some respects fills the position vacated by the new Quattroporte, competing in the heart of the luxury-sport-sedan market. With its two high-performance engines and sinewy, son-of-Quattroporte sheetmetal, it definitely can hang with the four-door "coupes" rather than their dowdy sedan siblings. Unlike those coupes, the Ghibli can comfortably accommodate adults in the back seat and won't menace their heads as they enter. The interior, though, isn't quite as high style as the exterior, but at least the controls don't present a steep learning curve. You may recognize the navigation system as a Garmin/Chrysler unit, but it functions just fine and is dead easy to use.
For all that, buyers will have to drive this 2014 Maserati Ghibli before they'll be seduced away from the more popular choices in this fine segment. The Ghibli's standard engine is a characterful, twin-turbocharged V-6 that produces 345 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The Ghibli S Q4 turns up the intensity with 404 hp and 406 lb-ft from the same engine. As its name suggests, the S Q4 also adds all-wheel drive, thereby eliminating one roadblock to Maserati ownership for buyers in the Snow Belt. In either case, a polished eight-speed automatic does the shifting, although you're free to tap the oversize aluminum shift paddles yourself.
The Ghibli is particularly rewarding when the road turns twisty. In a refreshing break from most of the high-zoot sedans in this class, in the Maserati it doesn't feel as if there's a phalanx of computers between you and the road. Credit the wonderfully tactile, hydraulically assisted steering; the Skyhook suspension that has only two (easily accessible) settings; excellent front-to-rear weight balance; and brakes that are both strong and easy to modulate.
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