2021 Maserati Ghibli Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

Overview

The 2021 Maserati Ghibli, which comes with a V-6 or V-8 twin-turbocharged engine under its hood is an Italian thoroughbred in the luxury sedan market. The four-door is a hot-blooded model with its aggressive headlamps and bodacious body sides as well as distinctive fender vents. The V-6 is standard on most models. It produces 345 to 424 horsepower, and can be had with either rear- or all-wheel-drive. The V-8-powered Trofeo is available. If you choose the Maserati, the V-6 will be replaced by a Ferrari-derived twin-turbo V-8 with 580 horsepower. The Ghibli is a fast car with a great chassis and a loud exhaust note. The sedan’s rear seat is smaller than either the Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-class, so it is not as adept at carrying people. Maserati also borrowed several low-rent knobs and switches from other Stellantis models. The Ghibli cabin can still be outfitted with a variety of luxury materials including leather-and silk upholstery from Ermenegildo Zegna in Italy. This adds an unmistakably luxurious atmosphere.

What’s new for 2021?

The Ghibli is now available in a powerful Trofeo trim, powered by a twin-turbo V-8 580 horsepower. The Trofeo adds a limited slip rear differential and Corsa driving mode, with launch control. For 2021, all Ghibli models will receive a new infotainment platform that includes a larger touchscreen display of 10.1 inches, voice-activated virtual assistants, and a wireless charging pad.

Pricing and Which One To Buy

The Ghibli’s initial price is high. The starting price for most luxury sedans of mid-size size starts at $55,000, and goes up from there. These rival sedans start with turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and then move up to V-6 engines as their prices rise. The Ghibli comes standard with a twin-turbo V-6 engine. The S model unlocks all 424 horsepower and has genuine leather upholstery.

Engine, Transmission, & Performance

The base Ghibli’s engine is a 345-hp, twin-turbo 3.0-liter I-6 with rear-wheel drive. The S performance version increases the power to 424 horses. The Trofeo model, which is the most powerful of the three, adds a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged 580-hp V-8 engine. Standard is rear-wheel drive, but the V-6 offers all-wheel drive (Q4 Maserati parlance). The engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. In 2014, we tried the S model and were enchanted by its exotic sounds. It was able to run 4.7 seconds from zero to 60 mph on our track. This is a quick time for 2014 but it can still be outrun today by an E-class Mercedes-Benz without the AMG. Maserati has increased the power of its S models from 404 ponies to 424 ponies. The Maserati Levante SUV tested the engine and it ran in 5.1 seconds. So the Ghibli lighter should run faster. We estimate that the new V-8-powered Trofeo model can run at 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Although the Ghibli’s road manner is a bit savage, it still maintains a certain level of refinement which keeps it competitive with luxury sports sedans.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

The Ghibli does not have a base four-cylinder engine model. This means that its EPA fuel economy ratings are lower than those of a mid-size luxury vehicle. Rear-wheel-drive V-6 models are rated at 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway. All-wheel drive reduces this rating to just 16 mpg. Trofeo, powered by a V-8 engine, is rated at 13 and 20 mpg respectively. Although we haven’t yet tested the Ghibli along our 200-mile highway fuel economy route, we plan to update this review as soon as possible.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

Although the exterior is elegant and reminiscent of Italy, the cabin isn’t as lavish as you might expect. Some of the interior parts are from lower-end Fiat-Chrysler vehicles. It uses the Jeep Cherokee’s window switches, as well as light switches and steering column stalks from the defunct Chrysler Town & Country. The Ghibli can be ordered with leather-and-silk seating, faux-suede headliner and a wood-rimmed steering column. Although the Ghibli’s trunk size is slightly larger than the A6 or E-class, the BMW 5-series has slightly more room. We will check the Ghibli’s trunk capacity and update this review when it visits our office.

Connectivity and Infotainment

All Ghibli models include a touchscreen infotainment system with a 10.1 inch display. It features a glossy screen and runs an updated version of Google’s Android Auto interface. All models come standard with navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. A standard eight-speaker system is available, but audiophiles will be pleased to learn that Maserati offers two premium systems. The first is a Harman/Kardon 10-speaker system, while the second is a Bowers & Wilkins 15-speaker audio system. The wireless charging pad will be a new feature in 2021.

 

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