Maserati introduced its first Ghibli, a coupe, back in 1967, and it lasted into 1972. Now, the Italian sport/luxury automaker has a modern-day Ghibli sports sedan in its lineup. Smaller and lighter than the company’s flagship Quattroporte, the four-door 2016 Ghibli is 11.5 inches shorter and weighs about 110 pounds less. Even though the Ghibli’s wheelbase, at 118 inches, is among the longest in its class, Maserati promotes the sedan’s “coupe-like” silhouette.
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2016 Maserati Ghibli Overview
What's New for 2016
An all-new model was first unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2013. Following availability in Europe during 2014-15, with a handful reaching America, the Ghibli is ready for full introduction into the U.S. market, alongside Maserati’s GranTurismo sports cars and the Quattroporte. Some structural elements, chassis and suspension components, and engines are shared with the Quattroporte.
Designers sought a youthful character, developing a sleek silhouette with visual kinship to the Quattroporte. Maserati’s distinctive oval grille, narrowed at the top, was inspired by the A6 GCS Berlinetta of the 1950s. Ghibli also retains Maserati’s traditional, triangular C-pillars, which display an iconic Saetta logo. Three signature air vents sit behind each front wheel.
Choosing Your Maserati Ghibli
Two twin-turbocharged 3-liter V6 engines are available. In the base Ghibli the V6 develops 345 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The Ghibli S gets a 404-horsepower variant that produces 406 pound-feet. All Ghibli sedans use a ZF eight-speed, auto-adaptive automatic transmission with five modes. A Sport button can provide an overboost of torque, available at engine speeds from 1,750 to 4,500 rpm.
A base Ghibli can accelerate to 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) in 5.6 seconds (Ghibli S, 5 seconds). Fuel economy is estimated by the EPA at 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway. The Ghibli S gets a city estimate of 16 mpg, but both are rated 19 mpg in combined city/highway driving.
Ghiblis have rear-wheel drive, but the S Q4 edition is fitted with all-wheel drive. Maserati also offers a diesel-engine Ghibli, the company’s first diesel ever, but it may not appear in the U.S. market.
Though hardly inexpensive, the base Ghibli delivers a tastefully exotic blend of Italian style and European panache for far fewer dollars than a Quattroporte, in a more compact sport-glamorous package. Several option packages are offered, as are a number of standalone options, so the total price can easily escalate to well above the starting figure. Unless all-wheel drive is needed, most drivers should be pleased with the base engine. Even though the Ghibli is a five-passenger, don’t expect spaciousness in the back seat.