by Michael Butler
The 2021 Maserati Ghibli Trofeo is all-new this year and comes equipped with all the latest tech available to the third-generation Ghibli range, including an improved infotainment system with the new Maserati Connect software. Under the hood sits a Ferrari-sourced V8 engine kicking out 580 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque. This Italian 4-door saloon is a rare sight in the US, making it an attractive choice for those who like to be slightly different, but with competition from cars such as the BMW M5 being as stiff as it is, you'll have to be a serious fan of Italian cars to choose the 2021 Ghibli Trofeo over the rest of the pack, even if it looks this good.
The Trofeo is all-new for 2021 and is the most potent production Ghibli available. It comes with a Ferrari-sourced V8 engine producing 580 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque. That's the most significant update, but the Trofeo also benefits from recent upgrades to the entire Ghibli range. While the Trofeo has its own unique front bumper and grille, it shares the upgraded taillight clusters with the rest of the lineup. Maserati finally ditched the 8.4-inch Uconnect system it shared with a minivan for a 10.1-inch infotainment system running new Maserati Connect software.
See trim levels and configurations:
3.8L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
Maserati is great at designing good-looking cars, but it has always lagged behind the competition in one or two critical areas. In the case of the 2021 Ghibli Trofeo, Maserati has delivered yet another competent model with great looks and an awesome soundtrack, but one that ultimately fails to stand up to the competition. That 3.8-liter V8 soundtrack is mesmerizing, but in a class where 600+ horsepower cars are the norm, the Ghibli Trofeo sedan simply can't keep up. Inside, it looks good, and we appreciate the updated infotainment system, but we couldn't help but notice that Maserati has been dipping its paws in the Stellantis parts bin - a move that detracts from the special feeling the rest of the car gives off. There is also no official safety rating review of the 2021 Maserati Ghibli Trofeo, and the list of standard driver assists is not as long as we'd like. At the end of the day, not even the heart of a Ferrari can convince us to go for the Ghibli Trofeo over something like the Audi RS6 Avant or BMW M5.
We'd go for one in Blue Emozione (an extra $1,200) and add the 21-inch Black Forged Titano wheels, if we were buying. Inside, we'd opt for a combination of carbon fiber and brown leather seat upholstery. We'd also include the $700 Climate Package, which adds features such as heated windshield water nozzles, heated rear seats, and power rear sun blinds. The Master Maserati Driving Experience is a worthwhile addition in order to get to know the car better after you take delivery. The 2021 Maserati Ghibli Trofeo sedan's price will reach over $120k when all the options are ticked.