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2018 Maserati Ghibli Overview

Andrew Davis
Automotive Editor - March 28, 2018

Until Ferrari starts building its own luxury sport sedans, corporate cousin Maserati’s Ferrari-powered Ghibli – a name pronounced “gibb-lee” and last found on a model produced between 1967 and 1972 – is there to fill the void. It may not wear a prancing horse badge, but its start-up bark, engine wail, sharp handling, and aggressive styling make it clear the 2018 Maserati Ghibli belongs on the most Ferrari-adjacent branch of the automaker's modern family tree.

What's New for 2018

While many thought there was nothing else the Ghibli could possibly “steal” from the flagship Quattroporte upon which it's based – it already apes its styling (just in 7/8ths size), uses its 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, and shares its basic equipment – Maserati’s decision makers weren't among them. Both now also share chrome grille “ribs,” more horsepower and torque for last year’s 404-hp V6, and GranLusso and GranSport sub-trims.

Other changes include new bumpers, including ones specific for each “Gran,” electric power steering, and the once optional Premium Package's contents (blind-spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, and remote start) are now standard. Some new options have also come on the scene while the contents of existing packages have been revised. All of that comes at a cost, of course, and in the case of any Ghibli’s MSRP, it’s around $2,000 more than 2017’s prices.

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Choosing Your Maserati Ghibli

While Maserati has done a great deal to differentiate between trim elements and options in its recently trebled list of available models, at the literal heart of every Ghibli is a Ferrari-sourced 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 hooked to an eight-speed automatic transmission with a manual mode and available column-mounted shift paddles.

That engine is available in regular and extra-strength forms. While any base Ghibli – a stretch of the term if ever there was one – gets 345 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque, both S trims benefit from a boost to 424 hp and 428 lb-ft. Making the jump to an Ghibli S is a stout $5,760, and those who prefer all-wheel drive must upgrade to the Ghibli S Q4, which is an $8,280 premium over the base.

As for the GranLusso and GranSport sub-trims, they're essentially just a renaming of standard Ghibli models that include variations on either the formerly-optional Luxury (Lusso) and Sport (self-explanatory) packages. Either sub-trim is equally-priced within each trim level, though that price differs trim-to-trim. Base Ghibli buyers, for instance, can have either Gran sub-trim for an extra $6,060, while the upcharges for S and S Q4 buyers are $5,550 and $5,560, respectively.

Base GranLussos get full Ermenegildo Zegna silk or premium natural leather interiors with “drilled-leather” upholstery, 12-way comfort seats with heating and ventilation, “Radica Wood Mirror Trim,” a heated wooden steering wheel, black brake calipers, a Harmon Kardon premium audio system, a power trunk with “kick sensor,” adaptive full-LED headlights, and GranLusso-specific bodywork, 19-inch wheels, and badging, while both S models also come with soft-close doors.

All GranSports get premium leather everything, the premium audio system, and adaptive full-LED headlights as well, plus unique 12-way Sport seats with available heating and ventilation, “Black Mirror Trim,” a Sport steering wheel with shifter paddles, red brake calipers, Inox Sport aluminum pedals, Maserati’s Skyhook adaptive suspension system, unique 20-inch wheels, and GranSport-specific badging and bodywork. GranSport buyers can also opt for black grille bars in place of the chrome ones at no extra charge.


The base 2018 Ghibli starts at $75,275 (all prices include the $1,495 destination charge), and the number of paint, upholstery, and trim choices available can be bewildering, especially as even the USA’s configurator requires an Italian-to-English dictionary to navigate.

The gist is that the typical no-charge black and white non-metallic paints are here, as are four $925 metallics and a pearlescent white for which they want $2,700. One style of 19-inch alloy wheels is standard with 20-inch black-painted rims a no-cost swap, with five additional wheel choices ranging in price from $400 for different 19s to a staggering $4,300 for a set of 21-inchers best suited to those who also pay an additional $800 for one of four optional shades of brake caliper paint.

Regular black leather seating is standard, with similar leather on the dash and door panels running another $950. GranLusso-style Premium Natural leather in one of nine shades is an option, too, for $3,250. The carpet and “full leather” steering wheel are standard in basic black, too, though the headliner can be black, silver, or tan. Trim-wise “Dark Mirror” (shiny black) is included, with five others available for between $1,400 and $2,800 for carbon fiber.

The Interior Carbon Package ($4,500) adds the GranSport's heated Sport steering wheel, carbon shift paddles, and carbon fiber door entry guards. Choosing the available Sport steering wheel without a carbon insert saves buyers $670. For the safety-minded, the Driver Assistance Package ($3,000) brings a surround view camera, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, traffic sign recognition, and lane keeping assist.

The long list of standalone options include the Harmon Kardon sound system ($2,000) and a Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system ($3,000). Much of what either Gran sub-trim offers can be had individually, including the Skyhook system ($2,900), ventilated front seats ($900), soft-close doors ($770), a hands-free power trunk lid ($700), steering wheel shift paddles ($550), and Inox pedals ($200), while universal add-ons like an Alcantara roof and pillar covering is $1,500 regardless of the Ghibli it goes in.


What separates the $81,035 Ghibli S from the base model beyond its power bump? Very little. Some cosmetic items like an additional paint color and the “extended leather surfaces” become free, while more leather colors and the ability to choose from a few contrasting stitching hues are new. Full-LED headlights are also now available for $2,700. Otherwise, the base model’s list of options and packages can be copy-pasted here thanks to Maserati’s switch from packages to sub-trims.

S Q4

The Ghibli S Q4 is an S model with all-wheel drive for $2,520 more, plain and simple. One might think the S Q4's $83,555 base MSRP would significantly shorten the list of things that can be had separately for a cost, but no. The equipment upgrades and package options are still available.

CarsDirect Tip

Budget-minded Maserati shopping is an oxymoron, even when it comes to the most basic version of its base model, the Ghibli. Thanks to its new pricing structure, not only is it necessary to pay up for an entire sub-trim to get specific items, when you add up the prices of the features that can be had individually, it amounts to more than Maserati asks for their pre-packaged “Grans”. As advancing up the trim ladder brings little change, shopping for a 2018 Maserati Ghibli basically amounts to picking the sub-trim from the tier that suits buyers best.

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