Maserati’s all-new Ghibli has to be “the most important vehicle the company has ever made.” The Italian automaker needs to drastically increase worldwide sales—from 6,200 in 2012—and this relatively affordable sport sedan is being asked to generate some big numbers. Luckily, the Ghibli delivers on what its target buyers crave: “unique styling, world-class quality, and an engaging driving experience.” It might not be a track champion, but it “really doesn’t have to be.”
“The Ghibli represents a put-up-or-shut-up moment for sport sedan fans.” Anyone who’s whined that high-end cars are leaking fun as they add various electronic assists owes the Ghibli a long look. Its old-school hydraulic steering is “an enthusiast’s dream,” its brake pedal is “so attuned and sensitive that it should teach poetry at Oberlin,” and its overall road manner feels like “a salty blast of Mediterranean air.”
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“The cabin is less successful”; interior materials and layout are “good enough, no more.” That matters little, though, in a four-door that “starts with a loud supercar gurgle” and whose 3.0-liter V-6 still harbors “a racing heart.” Best of all, seeing a Maserati is “still an event,” which—“for those who don’t want to be sheep”—might be the biggest selling point of all.