It as a stereo. I don't care about it. Turn it off.

Maseratis have always been about sound, a delight for the senses even when you can't see them. The Ghibli has a turbo V6, which isn't normally the recipe for a great sound but the recipe for a vacuum cleaner-like vacuous din.


Not here. The Ghibli barks at you with authority when it starts up and then sings to you as you drive and revs rise. This might be the best sounding sedan you can buy today. And our friends at Road & Track found that if you take out the fuse, the exhaust stays open all the time. It sounds like a sexy Italian tugboat pulling into port.


Value: 6/10


I'll just say it. This car was $86,840. That's just $6,000 less than an M5 and $20,000 more than a 550i. In the past, Maseratis weren't meant to compete directly with these brands. They were out of the mainstream, an alternate choice and a niche brand.

But now Maserati wants to be a volume seller that competes with the big boys. It needs to offer all the same features at competitive prices. The looks, engine, and chassis tuning are all there. The interior quality, steering, and other little details just aren't quite yet.


As a first effort at a modern executive sedan, the Ghibli falls short of the players that have been in the market for decades. But it's also far better than a number of first efforts that have come along in the last couple of decades. It's not an $86,000 car yet, I don't think, but give it a few years and some improvements, and the Ghibli should be right among best in class.

It's amazing the difference some fine tuning can make. Get those details right and this car will be magic.




Engine: 3.0-liter turbocharged V6
Power: 404 HP at 5,500 RPM/ 406 LB-FT at 1,750 RPM
Transmission: Eight-Speed Automatic
0-60 Time: 4.7 seconds (estimated)
Top Speed: 175 MPH
Drivetrain: All-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight: 4,150 pounds
Seating: 5 people
MPG: 15 City/25 Highway
MSRP: $66,900 (As tested $86,840)

2014 Maserati Ghibli 4dr Sdn Specs
345 @ 5250
369 @ 1750
3.0 L/182
Engine type
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
Automatic w/OD
Curb weight
3990 lbs