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The 2014 Maserati Ghibli is an all-new model with a throwback name.
Sharp looks, sharing much of its presence and proportion with the larger Quattroporte, mark the Ghibli as a very attractive alternative to the run-of-the-mill compact luxury sedans on the market.
The Ghibli's exterior is another exercise in simple yet brilliant design from Maserati. The interior is also well-put-together, though it's decidedly more modern and high-tech than the conservative Quattroporte's cabin.
The Ghibli's power comes from a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine shared with its bigger brother, the Quattroporte. With 410 horsepower on tap, the Ghibli accelerates to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds, topping out at 177 mph.
An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Ghibli models, as is rear-wheel drive. Maserati's Q4 all-wheel-drive system will also be available.
Like its larger Quattroporte, Maserati says the Ghibli will exhibit exquisite handling, thanks in part to balanced weight distribution, a double-wishbone front suspension, and five-link rear suspension.
The cabin of the Ghibli should prove to be a comfortable place, with fine leathers and well-finished plastics edged in metallic trim throughout. At about 11 inches shorter than the Quattroporte, and with a decidedly coupe-like profile, the back seat may prove tight for taller adults, however.
Available features in the Ghibli include a Bowers & Wilkins 15-speaker audio system, Poltrona Frau leather, WLAN-based WiFi hot spot, backup camera, adjustable pedals, and the Maserati Touch Control screen.
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have crash tested the brand-new Ghibli, but the brand says it has targeted a five-star NCAP crash safety rating by including a third force load path and seven standard airbags in addition to its high-strength chassis.
No official EPA gas mileage ratings for the Ghibli have been released yet, but Maserati estimates the all-wheel-drive model's efficiency at about 22 mpg in the European cycle. U.S. EPA figures are generally lower than European numbers.
U.S. pricing hasn't been released, but speculation puts the base figure in the mid-$60,000 range. The Ghibli goes on sale in the fall.
- Sleek, compact exterior
- Luxurious, modern interior
- Strong turbo V-6 engine
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- Likely to be short on interior space
- Poor gas mileage expected