A strong statement  

If you prefer making a statement with the car you drive, then the 2017 Maserati Ghibli is sure to please. The Ghibli is unlike any other sport sedan on the road. In true Italian fashion, the Ghibli exudes confidence in a way Italian-designed cars are famous for, bringing with it exotic styling, luxurious appointments, and a snarling engine that is sure to get your heart racing.

As if it didn't win you over on looks alone, the Ghibli gets a number of tech upgrades that add to its allure, including new driver assistance technology, an upgraded version of the Maserati Touch Control system, and additions to the Luxury and Sport packages. 

Performance

The Ghibli is squarely focused on achieving a striking road presence backed up by real power. The support for the latter comes from a custom-designed twin-turbocharged V6 engine. The Ghibli’s engine features skillfully crafted camshafts and injectors with an advanced electronic control system for thrilling performance and practical consumption.

The 345-horsepower engine is paired with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. The auto-adaptive software shifts seamlessly between five operating modes—Auto Normal, Auto Sport, Manual Normal, Manual Sport and I.C.E. (Increased Control & Efficiency)—for a superior experience.

If it's more power you crave, we suggest the Ghibli S or S Q4. Both models keep the standard Ghibli's eight-speed automatic but upgrade to an advanced version of the 3.0-liter V6. In this spec, the engine serves up 404 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. Like the standard model, the S employs rear-wheel drive while the S Q4 benefits from all-wheel drive. 

The Maserati mark of performance extends to the steering system, a high-tech servo-assisted hydraulic feat of engineering. You won’t “feel” the assistance around those high-speed corners, but you’ll see the results in the smile on your face in the rearview mirror.

Features

The Maserati Ghibli is available in three trims: base, S, and S Q4. Pricing starts at $71,600.*  

The generously equipped "base" Ghibli features 19” Poseidone-machined alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, sunroof, and chrome exterior highlights to complement the stainless steel door sill plates. A healthy level of convenience comes standard thanks to keyless entry, push-button start, and a heated rear window for those chilly morning starts. Dual-zone automatic climate control and cruise control help keep your ride on an even keel.

The highlight of the dash is the 8.4-inch touchscreen “Maserati Touch Control” display, offering easy access to a variety of in-car features and up-to-date information. Here, you can set your route with Maserati’s standard navigation; enjoy your favorite cruising soundtrack via AM/FM radio, CD player, or SiriusXM® radio through eight speakers; and pair your phone via Bluetooth® or the new Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration for the ultimate in connectivity.

The Ghibli S is marked by the upgraded engine, new brakes, adaptive headlights with washers, and additional leather trim on the dash and doors. The Ghibli S Q4 enjoys the same features as well as all-wheel drive.

Maserati offers a variety of exterior colors, interior leathers, and other aesthetic options, so you can customize your Ghibli even down to brake caliper color. Sport and Sport Carbon packages for the S and S Q4 add a number of eye-catching cosmetic and performance enhancements. For the most discerning drivers, Maserati has partnered with Ermenegildo Zegna to provide new and exclusive Zegna Edition interiors, special color finishes, and fabrics from the famous fashion house.

The Driver Assistance Package features the latest in driver aid technology, including a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking. 

Other available options include a Skyhook adaptive suspension system, a harmon/kardon® 900-watt audio system that takes advantage of 10 high-powered speakers carefully positioned throughout the cabin, and a 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound System. 

Design

The Ghibli exudes lightness with its sleek design, a quality that extends throughout the largely aluminum-based chassis. Gloss black front and side grilles add an intriguing hint of menace to the exterior, while the stainless steel exhaust with chrome tips leaves a lasting impression for others as you pass.

Inside, you’ll find a lushly appointed interior that starts with the Poltrona Frau leather upholstery and leather-wrapped steering wheel and joystick. The classic trident logo is embossed on both front and rear headrests.

Storage is extensive and thoughtfully placed. The front tunnel hides a media box, while the front armrest includes twin mechanical openings and illuminated storage. There are also a number of 12-volt sockets for keeping your plethora of devices charged and ready. After all, when your ride looks this good, you never know when opportunity will call.

Safety

The Maserati Ghibli features a complete air-bag system (dual-stage front bags, side bags, head bags, and driver’s knee bags) plus Automatic Hill Holder technology, Maserati Stability Program (MSP), and Brake Assistance System (BAS).

A rearview camera is linked to the Maserati Touch Control system, displaying the path behind you when reversing. An alarm system is also included for additional peace of mind, and the available Driver Assistance Package includes additional high-tech safety features.

Verdict

The 2017 Maserati Ghibli continues to stand on its own, offering an impressive driving experience that will thrill both old fans and a new generation. 

To join the exclusive ranks of Maserati owners, contact us online or visit indiGO Auto Group – Desert European Motorcars Campus at 71387 CA-111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 today.

*The vehicle prices shown are approximate base MSRP in U.S. Dollars. MSRP listed may not include gas guzzler tax, dealer prep and transportation. Dealer price may vary. Taxes, title, license and registration fees are not included. Prices are subject to change without prior notice. Maserati reserves the right to modify colors, designs and technical features at any time and without prior notice. See your local authorized Maserati dealer for further details.

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