Maserati excels at blending its sporting roots with unsurpassed luxury and Italian style. The all-new Ghibli furthers that trend, and the midsize luxury sport sedan offers the complete package.
Two models are offered: a base rear-wheel-drive Ghibli and an all-wheel-drive Ghibli S Q4. Both are powered by a Ferrari-built, twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6. In the base model it delivers 345 horsepower, while the S Q4 benefits from special camshafts, more boost and more aggressive engine management. The result is 404 horsepower. Both models utilize an 8-speed automatic transmission with five different shift modes. The base car scoots to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, while the sure-footed S Q4 hits the mark in just 4.6 seconds, on its way to a 177 mph top speed.
The appeal of the Ghibli begins outside, with elegant design that recalls the sedan's older sibling, the Quattroporte. Underneath the lovely steel and aluminum skin, the Ghibli rides on a solid chassis sprung by an alloy suspension with double wishbones up front and a multi-link setup in the rear, with stopping handled competently by Brembo brakes. Maserati claims the base Ghibli offers a perfect 50/50 weight distribution.
Standard equipment on the Ghibli includes 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery with 6-way power seats, a heated tilt/telescopic steering wheel, an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment display, rearview camera and an 8-speaker audio system. S Q4 models add adaptive headlights, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, a power sunroof and more.
Several options and packages allow for a fully customized Ghibli. Skyhook adaptive suspension offers driver-selectable Normal and Sport modes that reduce body roll. A 15-speaker, 1,280-watt Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system provides exceptional auditory stimulation, and a WI-FI system means you never have to disconnect. Navigation is available, as are several leather and wood grain choices, heated and ventilated front seats, plus a range of alloy wheels from 19 to 21 inches.
Depending on your priorities, the Maserati Ghibli is either awesome or awful. It's a sharply styled sedan with the heart of a Ferrari, yet it's rather cramped inside and uses switchgear from a decade-old Dodge Journey (yikes). Thankfully, the 2021 Ghibli has a number of updates that right some of its past wrongs, and there's a new Trofeo mode headlining the changes, as well. Say what you will about this sedan's shortcomings; it's easy to let a few flaws slide when there's an Italian twin-turbo V8 under that long, sculpted hood.
In fact, that's a great place to start. The Ghibli Trofeo has a redesigned hood that incorporates a pair of heat extractors, and my tester has an optional tricolor (sorry, tricolore) stripe pack that runs the length of the car off-center on the driver's side. All 2021 Ghiblis have redesigned LED lighting and the Trofeo gets two unique 21-inch wheel options as well as blacked-out carbon fiber exterior trim.
In addition to the Ghibli, the Levante SUV and Quattroporte sedan also get , the star of which is a seriously bangin' engine. The 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 is designed by Ferrari, producing 580 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque, not to mention one of the sweetest, most sonorous soundtracks in the business. Paired with a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, the 4,616-pound Ghibli Trofeo can accelerate to 60 mph in 4 seconds flat. You can do that with launch control, too, which is part of the Trofeo's custom Corsa driving mode. Put your left foot on the brake, pull the left (downshift) paddle, lay your right foot into the gas pedal and, as they say, let go and let God.
The Good ~ Awesome V8 engine ~ Visceral driving experience ~ Solid infotainment ~ Standard driver-assistance tech
The Bad ~ Way too many old Chrysler parts inside ~ Cramped interior ~ More expensive than competitors
The Bottom Line The Maserati Ghibli Trofeo is a thrill to drive, but maybe not the best all-around package in the midsize luxury/sport class.
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