2014 Maserati Ghibli

Base RWD 4-Dr Sedan V6 auto trans

Base RWD 4-Dr Sedan V6 auto trans

2014 maserati ghibli Reviews and News

2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 In Motion
There's no doubt Maserati knows how to build a jaw-dropping car. Post pictures of a bright-white Ghibli on Instagram, and friends immediately ask when they can go for a ride. Park it in a leafy subdivision, and kids leap off their bikes to gawk. What Maserati hasn’t quite managed is making sure the driver is as impressed as are bystanders.
Maserati drapes the Ghibli in gorgeous bodywork: a low nose with concave grille and Trident emblem, flared fenders, and curving rear haunches. A responsive twin-turbo V-6 engine pulls so hard we forgive the fact that, unlike the larger Quattroporte, the Ghibli doesn't offer a V-8. Rasps and snarls from the exhausts conjure visions of the Targa Florio.
Yet the illusion of driving a classic Italian sports car starts to crumble when you live with the car for a little longer. Though the Ghibli S Q4's all-wheel drive worked well in snow, on dry pavement it binds and hops around tight turns like a pickup truck in 4-high. The frameless door glass looks great from the outside but rattles like an economy car when slammed.
At least the stylish cabin is filled with attractive leather, carbon-fiber trim, and comfortable seats. It's a pity the switches and touchscreen hail from the lowly Dodge Dart, but the Bentley Flying Spur's reputation hasn't suffered for sharing switchgear with a Volkswagen Jetta. We're more disappointed that the hard plastics aren't any nicer than what you find in a Dodge Charger. Few enthusiasts will swoon over the flimsy paddle shifters.
All of this might be acceptable if Maserati were content to remain a low-volume, exotic company, but the Italian automaker hopes to triple annual sales to 50,000 by 2015. To achieve that level of success, the Ghibli needs to be as polished as its Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class rivals.
The Ghibli has more curb appeal, more passion, more excitement that those Teutonic standbys; it's for the driver who wants something special. But until Maserati works out these teething problems, we'd prefer one of Germany's fully baked sports sedans.

2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4

Base Price: $78,150
Price As Tested: $94,470
Engine: 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6
Power: 404 hp
Torque: 406 lb-ft
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Drive: All-wheel
Cargo Capacity: 18.0 cubic feet
Fuel Economy: 15/25 mpg (city/highway)
2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 Front Three Quarter Turn 02
Cervinia, Italy - Q4 is more than the Audi-esque name of Maserati’s first-ever all-wheel-drive system. At least, that’s what its engineers and marketers claim. Q4 is an AWD system that transforms the car, be it Quattroporte or mid-size 2014 Maserati Ghibli. So far offered only with the company’s 405-hp 3.0-liter V-6, a V-8 AWD Maserati is possible, but it’s not in the short-term plans. Your humble servant will have to take Maserati’s word for the character transformation, because while contributor Lawrence Ulrich has driven the rear-wheel-drive 2014 Maserati Ghibli, Automobile Magazine HQ in Ann Arbor hasn’t seen one yet.
You may recall that Ulrich loves the 2014 Ghibli because, even with a coddling interior swathed in supple leather and loaded with the usual level of cutting-edge electronic gizmos, it manages to maintain its connection with the driver. Maserati and Cadillac (!) are now the antidotes to the German premium/luxury brands, all three of which are doing to the sport sedan what Japanese automakers did to the midsize sedan a generation ago.
The AWD Ghibli’s best qualities seem to be the same as those Ulrich extolled in the RWD car. The Germanic layer of isolation, which lately has been infesting everything from the BMW 3-series on up, is not to be found in the once-shaky Italian brand’s cars. A drive on snowy, icy roads in the Italian Alps proved that steering feel and seat-of-the-pants feedback is not a lost art. The car transmitted precisely what the weather-affected tarmac could have your two-ton luxury car do with misapplied throttle and/or steering.
That drive was followed with amateur rally trials on a 1.6-kilometer ice circuit near Cervinia. Here, the Maserati Ghibli S Q4 launched as if on dry pavement, even on a dead-start uphill trial, and did whatever one would ask it to do via throttle and steering, whether in normal mode, I.C.E. mode (which is not what it sounds like – it’s the upshift-early, save gas mode), Sport (which plays the ZF eight-speed automatic as quickly and smoothly as Joey DeFrancesco on a Hammond B3), or with the traction and stability controls completely -- and we mean completely -- off. When the stability and traction control intervened, it was only to stifle power to the rear wheels, such as when coming out of an icy turn. With everything turned off, spinning rear wheels and the need for countersteering is your only guide. The turbo V-6 gets brappy when laying into, and lifting from, the throttle. The surprise is what we didn’t hear: not one bit of the sort of German whining and creaking noises of stability and traction controls that warn you that you’re not driving the way your Big Three luxury car likes it.
Maserati’s Q4 is an unusual AWD system that uses an electronically controlled multiplate wet clutch in the transfer case, connecting via the driveshaft to the front axle. It ranges from 100 percent RWD to 50/50 torque split, with no more than 35 percent of the power normally going to the front because of the multilink rear axle’s superior traction capabilities, according to Maserati. The system actually shaves 0.2 second off the RWD Ghibli S’s five-second-flat 0-to-62-mph run, the manufacturer says, although top speed drops 0.5 mph, rounding up to 183 mph. The drive also included the new Maserati Quattroporte S Q4, which felt like the Ghibli S Q4, only slightly bigger.
Engineers also tried to clarify the provenance of the Maserati 3.0-liter engine in the wake of online criticism. The engine is not a Pentastar V-6, they say, although the block is milled and cast in Chrysler’s Pentastar engine factory in Trenton, Michigan. They say that the Maserati engine shares its bore spacing with the Pentastar because both powerplants have the optimum spacing for compact engine design. The Maserati engine also shares oil and fuel pump parts with the Pentastar (which displaces 3.6 liters in Chryslers), though the 3.0 is assembled in Maranello. The Maserati engine can rev much higher than the Pentastar, but the eight-speed transmission limits it to about 7000 rpm.
Whether the issue lingers on the Internet or not, the Maserati Ghibli S Q4, with its direct, refined feel and powerful, torquey, twin-turbo V-6, is a standout in its class. It may or may not have a different character than its RWD version, but it is the executive-class sedan to spread enthusiasts’ faith among the well-heeled in the Midwest and Northeast.

2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4

On sale: Now
Base price: $76,000 (est)
Engine: 3.0L twin-turbocharged V-6, 404 hp@5500 rpm, 406 lb-ft@1750-5000 rpm
Fuel economy (est): 15/25 mpg (city/highway)
Drive: Four-wheel

2014 Maserati Ghibli
2014 Maserati Ghibli

New For 2014

The 2014 Maserati Ghibli is an all-new model. This four-door sedan slots below the Quattroporte in size and price. A pair of turbocharged V-6 engines provide the power, driving the rear wheels or all four.

Vehicle Summary

Maserati resurrects the nameplate from one of its most beautiful late 1960s coupes/convertibles, Ghibli, for its new four-door sedan. The new entry is one size smaller than the newly redesigned Quattroporte, which itself has gone up a notch in size and price. The 2014 Maserati Ghibli is a critical part of Maserati's plan to become a much more visible luxury marque, but to do so the Ghibli must battle big-name competitors from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.


The 2014 Maserati Ghibli in some respects fills the position vacated by the new Quattroporte, competing in the heart of the luxury-sport-sedan market. With its two high-performance engines and sinewy, son-of-Quattroporte sheetmetal, it definitely can hang with the four-door "coupes" rather than their dowdy sedan siblings. Unlike those coupes, the Ghibli can comfortably accommodate adults in the back seat and won't menace their heads as they enter. The interior, though, isn't quite as high style as the exterior, but at least the controls don't present a steep learning curve. You may recognize the navigation system as a Garmin/Chrysler unit, but it functions just fine and is dead easy to use.

For all that, buyers will have to drive this 2014 Maserati Ghibli before they'll be seduced away from the more popular choices in this fine segment. The Ghibli's standard engine is a characterful, twin-turbocharged V-6 that produces 345 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The Ghibli S Q4 turns up the intensity with 404 hp and 406 lb-ft from the same engine. As its name suggests, the S Q4 also adds all-wheel drive, thereby eliminating one roadblock to Maserati ownership for buyers in the Snow Belt. In either case, a polished eight-speed automatic does the shifting, although you're free to tap the oversize aluminum shift paddles yourself.

The Ghibli is particularly rewarding when the road turns twisty. In a refreshing break from most of the high-zoot sedans in this class, in the Maserati it doesn't feel as if there's a phalanx of computers between you and the road. Credit the wonderfully tactile, hydraulically assisted steering; the Skyhook suspension that has only two (easily accessible) settings; excellent front-to-rear weight balance; and brakes that are both strong and easy to modulate.

You'll like:

  • A true driver's car
  • Shapely sheetmetal
  • Strong turbo V-6 engines

You won't like:

  • Interior good but not great
  • Missing the latest tech toys
  • Boldly going where few have gone before

Key Competitors

  • Audi A7
  • BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
  • Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
  • Porsche Panamera
Noise Vibrations And Harshness Ignition
The Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team made history in 2013. It did so by ending the international professional sporting world’s record for most losing seasons in a row. Their ninety-four victories in 2013 propelled the Bucs to their first winning campaign since the one that ended twenty-two years ago, a month before a young Bill Clinton was elected president. The team even won a wild-card ticket to the National League Division Series before falling to Saint Louis, whose Cardinals made it to the World Series, only to be struck down by the red-socked beardos of Boston. It was a fine season, all right, heartening Pirates fans mightily. In fact, I’m tearing up right now. But the team has a long way to go before it convinces the disbelievers -- and as I write, their 2014 season isn’t helping.
Maserati Ceo Harald J Wester
Maserati’s only debut at the 2014 New York auto show was a pair of special-edition cars, but that doesn’t mean the Italian brand is resting on its laurels. We sat down with Harald J. Wester, CEO of Maserati, as well as Maserati North America president and CEO Peter M. Grady, to learn what’s next for Maserati.
Maserati Ghibli
The 2014 Maserati Ghibli enters an unfamiliar luxury sedan segment, deigning to thrust its Italian trident into a swarm of German competitors including the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, Porsche Panamera, and Audi A7. Maserati announced today that the base Ghibli starts at $66,850 and the higher-output Ghibli S Q4 is $76,950, including destination fees.

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2014 Maserati Ghibli Specifications

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3.0L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
15 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
25 MPG
345 hp @ 5500rpm
369 ft lb of torque @ 1750rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD
  • Navigation (optional)
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Unlimited miles / 36 months
37,282 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
Maserati North America, Inc. (Maserati) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Quattroporte, and Ghibli vehicles manufactured July 23, 2014, to August 7, 2014. The fuel delivery hoses in the vehicles may have been improperly crimped.
The improper crimp can cause a fuel leak and, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.
Maserati will notify owners, and dealers will replace the entire fuel delivery line, free of charge. The recall began in October 2014. Owners may contact Maserati customer service at 1-201-816-2600. Maserati's number for this recall is 256.
Potential Units Affected
Maserati North America, Inc.

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