2014 Maserati Ghibli priced from $65,600 in the United States

Article by Anita Panait, on December 2, 2013

Maserati has just announced that the 2014 Ghibli will carry a price tag of $65,600 in the United States. The entry-level model is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine rated at 345 hp (257 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque. With these numbers, the sedan zooms from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.5 seconds and has a top speed of 266 km/h (165 mph).

The Ghibli S Q4 uses the same 3.0-liter V6 engine, but on this version it delivers 404 hp (301 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft). Using an AWD system, the Ghibli S  Q4 hits 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 175 mph (282 km/h).The new Maserati Ghibli received two prestigious and internationally renowned ratings for passive safety.

In Europe, the Ghibli was given a five star rating from Euro NCAP with a score of 86/100, driven by its on-board safety systems. The Ghibli scored 95% for adult protection; 79% for child protection; 74% for pedestrian protection; and 81% for safety and driver assistance systems.

The Ghibli shares several design features with its big sister Quattroporte. Maserati focused on adopting technical and design solutions to comply with the stiff international standards and achieve the highest possible level of safety, with a view to achieving Euro NCAP's five-star rating. Engineers spent thousands of hours of computer simulation to ensure that the Ghibli's structure conforms to the highest standards for safety.

To verify the effectiveness of the virtual design, Maserati then performed around 200 tests on components and sub-systems; over 100 HYGE sled test simulations; and more than 100 crash tests that cover all possible types of collision: front, side, rear, rollover, and pedestrian impact. The five star rating is considered a feat since Euro NCAP has introduced this year new test methods for evaluating child and pedestrian protection. 

The second accolade was the Top Safety Pick ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which determined that the Ghibli attained the highest possible class for each area of safety examined. The Top Safety Pick award was given following assessment of four different aspects of safety -- front impact, side impact, low speed rear impact and roof crush resistance. IIHS classified the test results to four: Poor, Marginal, Acceptable and Good.  The Ghibli earned 'Good' scores in all four areas, allowing it to earn an automatic Top Safety Pick rating.

Exterior Design

In developing the Ghibli, the design team at Maserati needed to come up with a saloon that highlighted the more dynamic driving characteristics by having visual personality that is more aggressive. It was important though that the new model would remain to have noticeable visual links with another model, specifically the Quattroporte. However, one difference between the Ghibli with the Quattroporte can be seen on the interior.

A good example would be the dashboard and its distinct design. Not only does it complement the more youthful and athletic quality of this new model but it does so in a way that it does not lose any of the luxury that one would expect from a Maserati model. While the new Ghibli has a sporty design, this is mixed in with that spaciousness the brand’s executive saloon is known for.

On the exterior, the outline reveals a body that comes with the coupe-like philosophy but implemented on a four-door saloon. Further, the grille and the headlights all show some rather strong feline cues. The grille in particular is not only inspired by the present Gran Turismo but even traces it back to the classic A6 GCS of the 1950s.

The new Ghibli also retains the unique C-pillar treatment that Maserati employs resulting in the models being able to have a stance similar to a coupe. The classic Saetta Maserati logo is present as well, continuing the tradition going as far back as 1963. Meanwhile a swage line dominates the side profile. This line begins from the brand’s traditional grille vents placed at the behind that of the front wheels and later ends at the lights in the rear.

Maserati said that the Ghibli will have the automatic 8-speed transmission allowing it to deliver performance while offering that effortless comfort when doing fast gear shifting needed for hard acceleration. The same transmission will be fitted as well for the Ghibli S and the Ghibli Diesel.

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