Maserati's baby Quattroporte is ready for the prime time.
For all of Maserati's success with the most excellent current Quattroporte, the company still doesn't hold a candle to the market share of the more mainstream German luxury brands. But the upcoming Ghibli could very well make Maserati a much more common brand, regularly spoken of as a competitor to the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Audi A6. That's because the Ghilbli will be priced and equipped to compete directly with these cars.
It was recently announced that the car will have a starting price of $65,600, with the more powerful Ghibli S starting at $75,700. Power comes from a Ferrari-built 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 which produces 345 horsepower in the standard car and 404 horsepower in the S, all of which is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel-drive is standard on the S, and overseas customers will also have the option of a 271-horsepower turbodiesel. Although we can't imagine passing on the opportunity to have a Ferrari-powered luxury sedan, that sounds brilliant.