There is a lot resting on the Maserati Ghibli. Maserati is keen to expand into markets and it is hoped that the new Maserati Ghibli will lay the foundations in the company car segment. There are even plans afoot for a new SUV. The Maserati Q4 all-wheel drive platform then, is the Italian brand’s quattro rival!
Far from succeeding the historic Ghibli name in the conventional sense (the preceding two generation Ghibli’s were both coupe’s), the new Maserati Ghibli is a four-door sedan. It does retain the same front engined rear wheel drive setup for some of the lower down models, although the model we are testing today features four-wheel drive which, alongside the Maserati Quattroporte S Q4, is a company first!
The 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 features a 3.0 litre V6 engine, the same as that fitted to pits older sibling, the Maserati Quattroporte S Q4. This V6 features a 410 hp at 4,500 rpm engine with 550 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm and, for the moment, it sits atop the brand new Ghibli range. Customers can also order a petrol V6 with slightly less power and a turbocharged diesel.
What makes the Maserati Ghibli really stand out from the crowd though are its looks and the beautiful sound it makes. Tempted?