Most will agree that precious few four-doors come close to the visual appeal of the Maserati Ghibli. The iconic Maserati grille, the triple front-fender vents, the sculpted creases and curves, the fluid coupe-like roofline, the classic trident logos, the muscular rear-drive proportions and sinewy athletic stance, all add up to a unique blend of Italian sportiness and elegance.
Inside the cabin is an equally happy marriage of premium Italian craftsmanship and modern amenities, the latter partly thanks to Chrysler-based electronics. The soft leather-covered seats look as good as they feel, and you can customize it with two-tone leather and wood or carbon fiber trim combinations and upgrade it with even finer Italian leather.
Above the central 8.4-inch Maserati Touch Control display is a traditional Maserati blue-face oval clock. On the tunnel left of the gear lever is an array of buttons offering a choice of Manual, Sport or I.C.E. (Increased Control Efficiency) management of the transmission and other dynamic systems. The leather-covered steering wheel has audio and cruise controls on its horizontal spokes and large manual-shift paddles behind them. Between the big, round speedometer and tachometer is a seven-inch TFT screen that displays your selection of driver information and data.
Nestled under that lovely sculpted hood is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 good for 345 horsepower in the standard Ghibli or 404 hp in the higher-performance Ghibli S Q4. It drives both models' rear wheels through a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission in normal conditions, or all four of the Ghibli S Q4's when its all-wheel drive senses a loss of rear grip. The front suspension is double wishbone, the rear a five-arm multilink design. Ghibli S Q4's powerful Brembo brakes have six-piston monobloc calipers front, four-piston grippers rear.