A Mediterranean Masterpiece

Maserati Ghibli S Q4

Jim Shi  |  Photos by Maserati Ghibli S Q4
January 15, 2014

Whatever you thought Maserati stood for, you’re going to have to rethink it. With the all-new $65,000 Ghibli sedan, the Italian marque seeks to dispel any preset notions held by owners of high-performance sports cars who typically keep their pride and joy safe in garages during inclement weather. Think of the Ghibli as the Quattroporte’s highly capable,younger brother, which is forecast to help Ferrari’s older brother quintuple its annual global sales to 50,000 cars. Ghibli, translated, means “Mediterranean wind,” and this second resurrection of the iconic name competes squarely with the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Maserati hopes to lure new-car buyers with its elaborate personal specifications (bespoke orders will take 12 weeks from design to delivery) and by the affordable power harnessed, thanks to its familial roots. The first thing one notices is the car’s lines, which have a very exotic appeal, as does the interior. The Poltrona Frau leather upholstery is exquisite, as are luxe touches such as the bi-xenon headlights (adaptive on the S Q4), LED exterior illumination, WLAN hotspot, double-laminated side glass and Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system with 15 speakers and 1,280-watt amplifier. Under the hood, Maserati relied on Ferrari, which produces the two twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6s that generate 345 horsepower in the base car and 404 hp in the S — the latter is shared with the Quattroporte and only available with the Q4 all-wheel-drive system. Both come mated to an eight-speed automatic. The engine has lots of torque and power. The characteristic Maserati growl is all the more menacing in sport mode; not only is there an uptick in shift points and handling, but how it sounds is music to the ears. Maserati of Houston, 6100 Southwest Freeway, 877.760.9267, maseratiofhouston.com; Sewell Maserati of Houston, 17805 North Freeway, 877.609.0033, maseratihouston.sewell.com.