If you’re in the market for a four-door Italian luxury sedan, you aren’t exactly spoilt for choice. The Ghibli is the smaller of the brand’s sedan offerings, offering Ferrari-derived V6 power and striking looks that provide quite a contrast to the conservative German trio. The base model’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 delivers 345 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque and the S variants a meatier 424 hp and 428 lb-ft. In all cases, an eight-speed automatic is used, while the S Q4 gains all-wheel-drive. Distinctive GranLusso and GranSport trims add extra luxury and safety equipment.
At a base level, the Ghibli gets 19-inch wheels, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, soft-close doors, leather-upholstered seats with heating in front, power-folding door mirrors, a heated steering wheel, an eight-speaker sound system, an 8.4-inch color touchscreen with navigation, parking sensors front and rear, push-button start, a rearview camera and blind-spot detection. The S adds the more powerful engine, a limited-slip differential, and a twin dual-pipe exhaust system, while the S Q4 adds all-wheel-drive.
GranLusso or GranSport trims can be added to the base, S, and S Q4. Both the GranLusso and GranSport add additional driver aids like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and a surround-view camera system, along with with an upgraded ten-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and adaptive full LED headlights. The GranLusso has a chrome front fascia insert, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated black leather/wood steering wheel, and gloss black-painted brake calipers. The GranSport is unique in having 20-inch Urano alloy wheels, a Skyhook sport suspension with electronic damping, front sports seats, and gloss red-painted brake calipers.
2020 Maserati Ghibli pricing begins with the base model, which is presented at an MSRP of $69,490. USA prices quoted here exclude tax, licensing, registration, and Maserati's destination/handling charge of $1,495. Next is the more powerful Ghibli S, which goes on sale for $74,490, followed by three sub models of the Maserati Ghibli, which all cost $76,990: the better-equipped GranLusso, the sportier GranSport, and the S Q4. Moving up a price level, the S GranLusso and S GranSport each cost $81,290. Finally, the S Q4 GranLusso and S Q4 Gransport top the range and cost $83,790 each. By comparison, the BMW M550i xDrive carries an MSRP of $76,650, has well over 500 horsepower from its twin-turbo V8, and is far quicker than the fastest Ghibli.
There are a few added-cost packages available to further customize the Ghibli. At $550, the Climate Package adds heated windshield washer nozzles, heated rear seats, and a power rear sunblind. The Driver Assistance Package costs $1,600 and is standard on the GranLusso and GranSport - it includes a host of driver aids that we think are essential in a luxury car of this price. Among them are highway assist, a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control with stop & go, forward-collision warning, and pedestrian recognition.
There are a good few appealing individual options as well. An Alcantara headliner and pillars will cost you $900 and adds another touch of luxury to the cabin. Full perforated premium perforated leather upholstery (standard on the GranLusso) not only covers the seats but extends to the dashboard and instrument cluster - the cost varies by trim but costs $3,200 on the base model. You can also get power-adjustable pedals on selected trims ($400), aluminum column-mounted paddle shifters ($550), and the Skyhook performance suspension ($1,500 on selected trims - standard on the GranSport).
Considering the Ghibli is already a rather expensive prospect, if you're buying one, then value is unlikely to be the highest priority for you. With that in mind, we'd go for the S GranLusso at $81,290. This is a luxury car, after all, so the GranLusso's more premium interior with extended leather and ventilated seats feels appropriate. Plus, you get many more driver aids and the benefit of the more powerful V6. There may be better luxury cars out there, but this is the best Ghibli.