2014 - 2015 Maserati Ghibli

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  • Maserati Ghibli
  • Year:
    2014- 2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    Eight-Speed Automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    410 @ 5500
  • MPG(Hwy):
    29
  • Torque @ RPM:
    405 @ 1750
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    177 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    65600
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The first rumors about a new Maserati sedan placed under the current Quattroporte appeared at the beginning of 2010, but after a couple of months of heating up the air waves, the new car fell by the wayside while everyone made room for the new Audis, Ferraris, and such. Now, with just two weeks before the car’s official debut in Shanghai, Maserati has dropped the first details on its latest addition to the lineup.

Based on the same platform as the new generation Quattroporte, the new Ghibli sedan features a sportier character when compared to its big brother. Also, unlike previous rumors, for the new Ghibli, Maserati will only use two V-6 engines, while the V-8 engine used in the Quattroporte won’t be used.

Maserati revealed nothing on the car’s price just yet, but considering the new Ghibli will play a significant role in Maserati’s growth plan to sell 50,000 cars per year, we expect the price to be kept somewhere in the $70k area.

Updated 03/26/2014: Maserati unveiled a new video showing the new Ghibli in action at the Nurburgring. Enjoy!

Updated 11/20/2014: The 2015 Maserati Ghibli made its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles and it came with a series of small updates. For the new model year, Ghibli received standard navigation and Bluetooth, plus new standard brake caliper finish and contrast stitching. Also, a three-month subscription to the SiriusXM "All Access" package is offered for all customers.

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2019 Maserati Ghibli Ribelle

2019 Maserati Ghibli Ribelle

Not for the U.S. market...

The Maserati Ghibli Rebelle is a limited-edition version of the company’s midsize luxury sedan. Created exclusively for the EMEA markets, which include Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, the Ghibli Rebelle features extra luxury equipment and is limited to only 200 units.

Although it’s already five years old as of 2013, the Ghibli remains a cool sedan that blends the elegance of the bigger Quattroporte with sportier styling cues and the aggressiveness of its Ferrari-developed engine options. However, the sedan is slowly moving toward the end of its life-cycle, and Maserati is trying to keep things fresh with limited-edition models. The Ribelle focuses around a more elegant interior trim and a pitch black exterior.

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Maserati Stops Production of its Models

Maserati Stops Production of its Models

It’s not the first time this has happened, and it probably won’t be the last either

Maserati is having a hard time selling its vehicles recently, and as a result, the Italian automaker is stopping production on most of its vehicles until January 15. According to Automotive News Europe, Maserati will halt production of the Ghibli and Quattroporte for the next month. Likewise, production of the GranTurismo and Grancabrio models have been put on hold until January 8 while the Levante’s production will stop from December 20 to January 15.

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Maserati Debuts Nerissimo Package for Three Cars in Los Angeles

Maserati Debuts Nerissimo Package for Three Cars in Los Angeles

All-black exteriors for Ghibli, Quattroporte, and Levante

With just four vehicles in its lineup, one of which is already extremely old by modern standards, it’s not surprising that Maserati doesn’t have much to brag about at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. However, the Italian firm used the event to introduce the Nerissimo Package for the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans, and the Levante SUV. Meaning "extremely black" in Italian, the Nerissimo package isn’t exactly new. Maserati actually launched it this spring with the Ghibli Nerissimo Edition, a limited-edition model with a blacked-out exterior and a bespoke interior. So this new release is pretty much about turning it into a regular package for the Ghibli and adding it to the Quattroporte and Levante crossover.

Much like the special edition introduced earlier in 2017, the Nerissimo package turns the exterior almost pitch black. The Nero paint is combined with black chrome trim just about anywhere on the body, including the front grille and the window frames. The trunk lid trim, side air vents, Trident logo, C-pillars badges, and engine and vehicle designation. The exterior is rounded off by black exhaust tips. However, unlike the Nerrisimo Edition, this package comes with two additional paint options, Nero Ribelle and Grigio Maratea. The former is also black, while the latter is a dark grey metallic color.

There’s no word on what changes inside the cabin, but if the first Ghibli limited-edition model is any indication, all cars should get black leather, Dark Mirror trim, red stitching, and red gearshift paddles.

Alongside the new Nerissimo Package, Maserati also showcased 2018-model-year upgrades. The Ghibli and Quattroporte now feature Adaptive full LED headlights with glare-free high-beam, as well as an uprated 3.0-liter V-6 that generates 424 horsepower instead of 404. The mill also features the new, performance-enhancing Integrated Vehicle Control system (IVC) developed by Bosch.

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Banned No More: Cars From The Class of 1992 That Can Now Be Registered In The U.S.

Banned No More: Cars From The Class of 1992 That Can Now Be Registered In The U.S.

The 25-year-rule has elapsed on these old school classics

“25” may seem like a random number in the auto industry, but ask any self-respecting collector in America the significance of this number, and they’ll tell you all about it. For those who don’t know, “25” in this context means “25 years,” as in the number of years that need to pass before a car that was not originally produced in the U.S. and was not subjected to strict U.S. guidelines for crash tests can now be legally imported and registered for road use.

The rationale behind the NHTSA’s 25-year timetable has left many collectors confused and frustrated. The word “overkill” has even been used many times by a number of collectors we talked to. But that’s the rule; it is what it is.

The good news is that every year, a batch of these forbidden fruits become ripe for the picking by virtue of them finally meeting the 25-year criteria imposed by This year, car models from 1992 finally got their “welcome to America” status. Whether there’s still interest in any of them is a different story altogether. The important thing is that they can now be registered for road use here in the U.S., giving them the opportunity to finally touch thousands of miles of roads that were previously forbidden to them.

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Pops' Rants: The New BMW M5 Isn't Worth the Premium; Audi's Naming Strategy is Dumb

Pops’ Rants: The New BMW M5 Isn’t Worth the Premium; Audi’s Naming Strategy is Dumb

Not confusing, just plain dumb!

It’s Friday again, and I’m having a bad day. And I’ll probably have a bad weekend too because I just found out that FCA will shut down the Conner assembly plant in a few days. Why is this a big deal? Because the Dodge Viper will die along with it. Yeah, it’s no big surprise. The Viper had it coming, and we knew it would happen since 2015, but the thought of America’s greatest modern muscle car being killed off is depressing. And please don’t tell me about the Chevrolet Corvette and Dodge Challenger Demon, this is a sad day for American sports car enthusiasts regardless of what other performance vehicles you can get.

And, you know what bothers me more? The fact that FCA does nothing about it. Yeah, Chrysler claims the Viper has to die due to slow sales, but we all know that’s not the reason. It all has to do with new safety regulations, which require that all production models have side airbag curtains. And, you can’t fit them in the current Viper. It needs a new platform and a new design. So why isn’t FCA making a successor? It’s too expensive obviously, and it would rather go bankrupt with a bunch of crappy cars rather than a performance coupe. So many decades of experience and FCA still doesn’t know that an iconic car requires a lot of work. But enough about the Viper, it’s been a hectic week.

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2018 Maserati Ghibli GranLusso

2018 Maserati Ghibli GranLusso

The Italian sedan gets its first update

Introduced in 2013, the Ghibli became Maserati’s second four-door sedan. Smaller than the Quattroporte, it was developed as a competitor for the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. It’s also the first sedan that slots under the Quattroporte since the four-door version of the Maserati Biturbo was discontinued in 1994. The Ghibli name was revived after a 15-year hiatus, but it’s the first time when it’s being used on a four-door sedan, as both the first- and second-generation models, produced between 1967-1973 and 1992-1998, were offered as two-door coupes and convertibles only. After four years on the market, the third-generation Ghibli received its mid-cycle facelift.

In a strategy that reminds of Ferrari, the Ghibli was renamed the Ghibli GranLusso. The "GranLusso" isn’t new though, as Maserati is already using in on a trim level of the upgraded Quattroporte. The revised sedan made its debut at the Chengdu Motorshow in China with updated bumpers and side skirts, improved aerodynamics, and new features. The drivetrains carry over unchanged, but this is far from surprising given that both the GranTurismo and Quattroporte didn’t get engine upgrades with their facelifts. Still, there’s plenty of changes to talk about, so join me in my review for the full rundown.

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2017 Maserati Ghibli Nerissimo Edition

2017 Maserati Ghibli Nerissimo Edition

When Maserati wants Batman as a customer

The current Maserati Ghibli was introduced in 2013, reviving a nameplate that was produced between 1967 and 1998. Unlike its predecessors, which were offered as two-door coupes and convertibles only, the new Ghibli is a four-door sedan. Sharing underpinnings with the larger Quattroporte and the recently launched Levante SUV, the Ghibli is the first Maserati to use a diesel engine. The oil burner is offered alongside two versions of the twin-turbo, 3.0-liter, V-6 gas-drinker that was co-developed with Ferrari. At the New York Auto Show, the Italian firm launched the Ghibli Nerissimo, a limited-edition model with bespoke features inside and out.

The name Nerissimo is based on the Italian expression for “extremely black," and there’s a good reason why Maserati selected it for this car. Although it’s identical to the standard model as far as design goes, the Nerissimo is an all-black take on the midsize sedan. It’s essentially Maserati’s very own version of the Chevrolet Midnight Edition, but in a more elegant package and with a more expensive sticker. The Nerissimo Edition is limited to only 450 units, which explains the rather hefty premium you have to pay for an appearance package.

On the other hand, the Ghibli is quite gorgeous in this black suit and adds a bit of style to an otherwise aggressive-looking sedan.

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1969 Maserati Ghibli Spyder

1969 Maserati Ghibli Spyder

A rare example of classic Maserati design

The Ghibli name has been used for three, very different vehicles from Maserati, with the most recent making its debut in 2013. The second-generation of the car was produced from 1992 to 1998 and was a two-door coupe that looked like it should have had four doors and somewhat resembled a Volkswagen Jetta. The first generation was arguably the best of any car to bear the Ghibli name, and a rare, spyder version just went up for auction through Mecum during Monterey Car Week 2016.

Produced between 1967 and 1973, the Ghibli was produced in 1295 examples, 1,170 of which were in coupe form. There were 125 Spyder examples created, but only 37 of those were produced with the 4.9-liter and a five-speed manual transmission as standard equipment. And, the beautiful yellow example that you see here is one of them. To make the car even rarer, however, is the fact that the car was built for the U.S. market but was completed to Euro specifications – an honor that only 14 other models are said to share with this model.

Knowledge of the car’s history is pretty thin, but it was delivered brand new to Prestige Motors in California. From there everything is a bit of a mystery until 1994 when a Maserati Owners Club member purchased the car. At this point, the car was due for restoration. In 2008, it was sent to Motorcar Galler in Florida and later returned to Europe for full restoration to the condition you see before you. Presented with the auction was a letter from Maserati Classiche that confirms it is authentic and a second letter that certifies the location it was shipped when new and that it still wore the Giallo Yellow paint that you see on the car today.

That’s about enough for a history lesson, though. Let’s dive on in and take a look at this Maserati Ghibli Spyder and talk a little about it.

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Google Showcases Android Prototype Operating System On The Maserati Ghibli: Video

Google Showcases Android Prototype Operating System On The Maserati Ghibli: Video

Could this be the future of Android Auto?

Tech giant Google is adding yet another page to its involvement in the auto industry by showcasing a concept Android system on a Maserati Ghibli during it’s annual I/O 2016 conference.

Dieter Bohn of The Verve managed to get an up-close look at the concept Android system, which can be accessed through a massive portrait-oriented touchscreen display that takes up all of the space on the Ghibli’s center console. According to Google, the purpose of this prototype is to showcase the future of what its Android platform can do for cars. Considering that Android Auto is already available today, this prototype is probably several versions higher than that. A big part of this new prototype is to integrate a majority of the Ghibli’s functions into the Android system, essentially turning the operating system into the car’s brain, controlling even the simplest of functions like the power windows.

It’s a big step up from what’s currently available in the market and if the technology comes to pass, a day could come when a lot of cars cabin systems – possibly more – will be powered by the Android system. It’s an interesting thought and one that could be a big part of the next evolution of the auto industry.

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2015 Maserati Ghibli Joins the Avis Rental Car Fleet

2015 Maserati Ghibli Joins the Avis Rental Car Fleet

As proof of just how far Maserati will go to exponentially expand its customer base and increase sales, Avis Rental Car has just announced that it will be adding the all-new 2015 Maserati Ghibli to its fleet of rental units. The new entry-level Maserati will only be available at certain locations in Dallas, Orlando, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Phoenix, San Francisco and, of course, South Florida.

The Ghibli joins other performance and luxury models such as the Chevrolet Corvette, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz GL450 in Avis’ Signature Series of vehicles. We reached out to Avis to see how much it would cost to rent a Ghibli, and while prices vary by location, a representative did say that Signature Series vehicles tend to only be offered at airport locations. Looking at the website, we were unable to find any Ghiblis available for rent, but we did see prices as high as $184.99 per day for other models in the Signature Series.

Getting the Ghibli in the rental fleet will definitely help create additional visibility for Maserati among prospective buyers. In the U.S. alone this year, Maserati sales are up almost 172 percent compared to last year with a total of about 13,000 units. Maserati expects to meet its global sales target of 50,000 units by next year and cap sales at 75,000 annual units by 2018. This sales surge builds on the recent introduction of the new Ghibli and the redesigned Quattroporte, and Maserati plans to further expand its lineup with the all-new Levante crossover next year and a production version of the Alfieri Concept the following year.

For now, though, if you’re looking for a cool car in which to drive to your big high school reunion, we can’t think of a better car than the Ghibli.

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2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 100th Anniversary Neiman Marcus Limited Edition

2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 100th Anniversary Neiman Marcus Limited Edition

Neiman Marcus’ annual Christmas Book always gets our attention, largely because it always has a special edition car in it. Over the past five years, we’ve seen a handful of models receive the “Neiman Marcus Edition” treatment, including the Jaguar XJL Supercharged (2009), the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible (2010), the Ferrari FF (2011), the McLaren 12C Spider (2012), and the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante (2013). This year, Neiman Marcus has given that distinction to the Maserati Ghibli S Q4.

The actual (and obscenely long) name of the car is the 100th Anniversary Neiman Marcus Limited-Edition Maserati Ghibli S Q4. Like the past models, the Ghibli Neiman Marcus Limited Edition is very limited. Only 100 units will be made and each model will be priced at $95,000. Bring out your calculators and that’s roughly $20,000 more than what a standard Ghibli S Q4 goes for these days.

That’s the price you have to pay for being one of the 100 lucky owners of this limited edition Maserati. Besides, once you find out the level of personalization Neiman Marcus gave to the Ghibli, you’re probably going to think that $95k is a relative bargain. At least you might think that if you have enough money to buy a Neiman Marcus car in the first place.

There are plenty of visual changes. but don’t expect any power upgrades. This limited edition Ghibli retains its 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that produces 404 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. That’s still good enough to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 175 mph.

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2015 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 by Ermenegildo Zegna Concept

2015 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 by Ermenegildo Zegna Concept

The Maserati-Ermenegildo Zegna collaboration has already given birth to one special-edition model, the Quattroporte Zegna Limited Edition. The success of that model, which was limited to only 100 units, gave Maserati and Zegna reason to come back for seconds. So here it is, ladies and gentlemen, round two of the Maserati-Zegna tie-up: the Ghibli S Q4 by Ermenegildo Zegna Concept.

The new Ghibli concept was shown off at the Paris Motor Show in October 2014, an appropriate venue considering Paris’ reputation as one of the world’s premier fashion destinations. Like its Quattroporte counterpart, the Ghibli Zegna Concept was treated to a significant amount of exclusive items befitting Zegna’s reputation as one of the most iconic fashion houses in the world.

That’s all well and good, but the more important question is whether Maserati has plans to actually produce the Ghibli Zegna Concept the same way it did the Quattroporte Zegna Limited Edition. If past success is any indication, I’m gonna have a lot of trouble finding reasons why the Italian won’t go that route.

Maserati hasn’t made any announcements on that end, but I do expect a limited edition variant to arrive soon, hopefully as early as the start of 2015.

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Maserati Won't Go any Smaller Than the Ghibli

Maserati Won’t Go any Smaller Than the Ghibli

Maserati’s masterplan to sell 75,000 vehicles per year by 2018 won’t include a model smaller than the Ghibli or a less powerful version of said sedan, Australian outlet Motoring reports, adding that the Italian brand aims to remain exclusive, albeit not exotic.

Speaking at the Ghibli launch in the Land Down Under, Maserati’s Australian general manager Glen Sealey said the Italians are ruling out a compact sedan to slot under the Ghibli, currently the company’s cheapest model ever. "In terms of model strategy, there are no plans to go below Ghibli or Levante," he said.

In an effort to increase global sales, Maserati revived the Ghibli nameplate to take on the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Going lower would enable the brand to field a competitor for the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class, and their high-performance derivatives, but, as things stand, Maserati is more concerned about retaining its exclusivity.

"Maserati will certainly remain exclusive, but not exotic. A year ago it was exotic," he added.

As far as a less powerful, and consequently cheaper, version of the Ghibli is concerned, Sealey stressed that the entry-level diesel model won’t account for a large proportion of sales, with the more expensive gasoline models to move more units globally.

Note: Maserati Ghibli pictured here.

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Lease a 2014 Maserati Ghibli for $799 Per Month

Lease a 2014 Maserati Ghibli for $799 Per Month

Luxury automakers love leasing cars, as they make a little money, the buyer gets a complete tax write-off and the company gets a well-maintained car back at the end of the contract. For July 2014, Maserati is giving U.S. customers a new reason to love the Ghibli, as it is offering an enticing lease deal: a three-year lease at a cost of just $799 a month. That’s an incredible deal for a car that carries a $71k MSRP.

The Ghibli is an attractive ride from front to back that’s complemented by a luxurious interior, a powerful engine, and yes, high fuel efficiency. In a lot of ways, it really is the complete package. And with this offer, it is apparent that Maserati is pushing the model hard.

This lease deal affords the leasee 10,000 miles per year and requires $5,249 at signing. Both requirements are rather acceptable for a short-term lease like this.

The promotion is available until July 31, 2014. That’s a little over two weeks from now so it’s probably a good idea to see if you can afford to take up Maserati’s offer.

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2014 - 2015 Maserati Ghibli

2014 - 2015 Maserati Ghibli

The first rumors about a new Maserati sedan placed under the current Quattroporte appeared at the beginning of 2010, but after a couple of months of heating up the air waves, the new car fell by the wayside while everyone made room for the new Audis, Ferraris, and such. Now, with just two weeks before the car’s official debut in Shanghai, Maserati has dropped the first details on its latest addition to the lineup.

Based on the same platform as the new generation Quattroporte, the new Ghibli sedan features a sportier character when compared to its big brother. Also, unlike previous rumors, for the new Ghibli, Maserati will only use two V-6 engines, while the V-8 engine used in the Quattroporte won’t be used.

Maserati revealed nothing on the car’s price just yet, but considering the new Ghibli will play a significant role in Maserati’s growth plan to sell 50,000 cars per year, we expect the price to be kept somewhere in the $70k area.

Updated 03/26/2014: Maserati unveiled a new video showing the new Ghibli in action at the Nurburgring. Enjoy!

Updated 11/20/2014: The 2015 Maserati Ghibli made its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles and it came with a series of small updates. For the new model year, Ghibli received standard navigation and Bluetooth, plus new standard brake caliper finish and contrast stitching. Also, a three-month subscription to the SiriusXM "All Access" package is offered for all customers.

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Maserati Picks Heidi Klum to Spice up its Models in Sports Illustrated

Maserati Picks Heidi Klum to Spice up its Models in Sports Illustrated

Things are going very well for Maserati these days. Its Super Bowl commercial “Strike” was a tremendous hit and basically defined the brand’s position to storm the performance/luxury marketplace. Now Maserati is concentrating on a cross promotion with 40-year-old model, Heidi Klum, in the upcoming swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated.

In a seven-page pictorial feature titled Beyond the Swimsuit, Klum will pose with both the Ghibli S Q4 and the GranTurismo MC Trofeo racecar. The two cars will act as a play on emotion and mindset with Klum presented in a business-woman-like fashion posed along side the Ghibli S Q4, while a juxtaposed set of images will convey her thrill-seeker side as she stands with the GranTurismo MC Trofeo.

This particular issue of Sports Illustrated will be extra special as it celebrates the swimsuit issue’s 50th anniversary and Maserati’s 100th year of production. All the photographs were taken by renowned Italian photographer Francesco Carrozzini and will play a major part in the issue’s celebration. The issue hit newsstands on February 18 and is the largest issue Sports Illustrated has produced since 1989, with a total of 260 pages.

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Jaguar Jabs the Maserati Ghibli on Twitter

Did you know that #ghibli means hot air? Seems appropriate. CC: @Maserati_HQ #GoodToBeBad

— Jaguar USA (@JaguarUSA) February 3, 2014

Ever since Jaguar reinvented itself and turned into a major player in the automotive market, it hasn’t been afraid to show its claws and display its mean streak.

It did so a few months ago with Mercedes and its Magic Body Control system, and now, fresh off of a letdown of a Super Bowl commercial, Jaguar its taking a shot at a competitor looking to make some headway in the U.S. market.

As if picking up a fight with Mercedes isn’t enough, Jaguar’s taking some shots at Maserati and its new luxury sedan, the Ghibli. In a tweet that was posted after the Super Bowl, Jaguar intentionally wondered out loud to all its Twitter followers exactly what the word "ghibli" means.

Jaguar’s actual tweet: "Did you know that #ghibli means hot air? Seems appropriate."

Shots fired, indeed.

Give credit to Jaguar for injecting a little bit of humor into its shot at the Ghibli, since a quick Google search did reveal that ghibli is "a hot, dust-carrying desert wind in North Africa, somewhat similar to the foehn". Then again, we doubt that Maserati took it with the same good humor that we did.

We eagerly await for Maserati’s response.

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Video: 2014 Maserati Ghibli Makes its Malibu Debut

Maserati launched the new Ghibli sedan in Malibu and it did so in style. Its local dealer in there — Maserati of Lakewood — closed off a country club, and Maserati owners were invited to test the car and learn from the Maserati Specialist everything they wanted to know about the new Ghibli. Along with driving the car, all the guests also enjoy a peaceful day of food, wine and good music.

As a reminder, the new Ghibli is offered with a choice of two engines: a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 engine that delivers a total of 345 horsepower, or a more powerful 3.0-liter, V-6 engine that pumps out 404 horsepower. The most powerful version foes from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 175 mph.

For all those of you not invited to the event and are still interested in buying a Ghibli, this video may be a great watch for you.

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2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year

2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year

It is that time of the year, when we at Topspeed like to look back and relive the best moments the automotive world had to offer in the year bygone. The 2013 calendar year brought a whole new range of interesting and exciting sports cars, luxury cars and even some odd hypercars, as the big names of the industry finally pulled the wraps off some very special automobiles.

Ferrari launched the 458 Speciale — the replacement for the F430 Scuderia; The La Ferrari succeeded the Enzo; McLaren and Porsche too launched the very complicated P1 and 918 Spyder, respectively; and Lamborghini showed the Huracan LP610-4, which will replace the Gallardo. Additionally, the Aston Martin Vanquish proved to be one heck off a crowd-puller and Bugatti continued with more special editions of the Veyron.

Lot has happened in the last 12 months that we would love to talk about. Out of all those cars that were launched during the calendar year, we’ve picked ten cars that made headlines. Following is are finalists that made it into the top 10.

2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year Finalists Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Alfa Romeo 4C Jaguar F-Type Coupe Mclaren P1 Ferrari La Ferrari Porsche 918 Spyder BMW i8 Cadillac CTS Maserati Ghibli Rolls Royce Wraith

So, the 2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year goes to... Read on to find out.

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2014 Maserati Ghibli - First Impressions

2014 Maserati Ghibli - First Impressions

Maserati is that sales underdog you want to win. The Italian automaker has all the room to grow, with roughly 6,200 cars sold last year. So, the sky is the limit in terms of conquest buyers and Maserati plans to find many of them in the United States.

The Maserati lineup has grown to include the stunning Quattroporte luxury sedan, the upcoming Levante SUV and this beauty, the Ghibli. Aimed squarely at the Audi A6, BMW 6 Series, and the Mercedes CLS-class, the Ghibli has a lot to prove. With the uniqueness and (current) exclusivity the Maserati name carries, we think plenty of the German driving motorheads will jump ship for something new and different.

We got our first chance to meet the Ghibli at the Miami International Auto Show, along with its big brother Quattroporte. It’s amazing to witness first hand the build quality and intricacies the Italian automaker puts into its vehicles.

The engine bay, for example, is coated with the same quality paint, clear coat, and wax the glowing exterior receives. It’s the minute attention to detail that makes the car even more special than its name and heritage bequeaths it.

The Ghibli comes to the U.S. in both standard and S trims. Powered by a Ferrari-engineered 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine, the standard model makes 345 horsepower. The more athletic S version gets a 59 horsepower bump to total 404. Its sprint to 60 mph happens more quickly at around 4.5 seconds. Both versions are mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic powering all four wheels.

With a starting price around $65,000, we expect the Ghibli to catch the eye of some Audi, BMW and Mercedes drivers when it crosses the pond sometime in the near future.

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Top-Ten Best 1960s Supercars

Top-Ten Best 1960s Supercars

The swinging 60s just brings up this roasted and muddy air of sex, sweat and drugs. Enough to intoxicate even the plastic hippies among us, the 1960s is rapidly becoming the most profitable segment of the classic supercar market.

And for good reason. Simple leather is mixed with gasoline until emotions boil. This list spans such greats as the Ferrari 250GT California Spider LWB Competizione to the 365 GTB/4 Daytona. And what a long, strange trip it was between those two masterpieces.

The birth of the Porsche 911, the Aston Martin DB5, the Shelby Cobra and Ford GT40, the Maserati Ghibli Spyder and many more.

All of the cars from this era are rich in prose. Sean Connery’s name pops up repeatedly, and so does Steve McQueen and Sir Paul McCartney. These were mens’ men in a time of changing morals on a global scale.

But the coupes and ragtops these gents preferred are really fit for the ages. So throw on some Aviators and slip into your slimmest racing loafers.

Click past the jump for a sunny-Sunday donut run in the Top-Ten Best Supercars from the 1960s.

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1967 - 1973 Maserati Ghibli

1967 - 1973 Maserati Ghibli

Prestige car auctions offer a rare glimpse at classic exotics too old, rare or obscure to be on the regular radar. This is partly because the cars that change hands at these sales are the best of the best. They’re the ultra-low-mileage, heated-garage type of meticulously maintained classics that are as gorgeous now as they day they were born.

Two such examples surfaced recently for the first time in nearly 35 years at [RM Auctions: a flawless 1969 Maserati Ghibli Spyder and a stunning red 1971 Maserati Ghlibi 4.9 SS. Celebrated at the time of its debut, the Ghibli faded from center stage with the introduction of the next big style step-change: the 1970s wedge supercar.

Does the Ghibli deserve to be a side note in car history, or was it actually a masterful 1967 execution of an ultra-fast, sleek and luxurious Italian pony car?

Please follow the jump for a deep dive into two true Maserati classics with a full image gallery, original brochures and some highlights in the evolution of the Ghibli’s performance.

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Maserati teases New Model for the Shanghai Auto Show

Maserati teases New Model for the Shanghai Auto Show

Maserati has unveiled today the first teaser image for a new model set to be unveiled at the end of this month at the Shanghai Auto Show. No other details have been revealed, but the teaser image came with the confirmation that the new model represents the “newest addition to its lineup and that it not only borrows from the past but also looks to the future."

This statement make us think the model Maserati is referring to is the new Ghibli sedan we have seen testing in the past few months. Also, the model hidden under the sheet seems to feature a long hood and coupe-like fastback design - a reminder of the original Ghibli.

The new Ghibli will be built on the same platform as the new generation Quattroporte and will be offered with the same engine as the larger sedan: turbocharged V-6 engine and the new V-8 engine. Both engines will be mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.

Full details on the new Ghibli will be unveiled at the end of the month during its official debut in Shanghai.

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Spy Shots: Maserati Ghibli Goes out for Another Testing Session

The upcoming Maserati Ghibli has been taken out for another testing session, most likely the last one before the car’s official debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in April. The new Ghibli will take on models like Mercedes E-Class, Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series.

Ghibli will be built on a shorter Quattroporte platform and will be offered with both turbocharged V-6 engine as well as the new V-8 engine borrowed from the larger Quattroporte. Both engines will be mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. We expect to see the same performance numbers as in the Quattroporte — the V-6 should boast a 177 mph top speed and the V-8 may hit 191 mph.

The base version will be priced at about $68k and the top version will be about 20 percent more expensive. Full details will be unveiled next month during its official debut in Shanghai.

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Maserati's Future Looks Quite Promising as it Shoots for 50K Units Per Year

Maserati’s Future Looks Quite Promising as it Shoots for 50K Units Per Year

Maserati’s long history began on December 1, 1914 and during this period, the company only managed to hit a production plan of 6,159 units a year (2012). The future, however, looks completely different, asthe Italian company plans to hit a sales target of 50,000 units per year by 2015.

In order to achieve this sales target, Maserati plans to add three new models to its lineup — a new sedan placed under the current Quattroporte, a SUV and a new baby sports car.

The first to arrive will be a small sedan, which was previously confirmed as the Ghibli. It will be launched sometime next year and will be priced at about €55,000 (about $73k at the current exchange rates). In 2014, Maserati will bring a new SUV, the Levante, to the market. It was previewed by the Kubang concept and will be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s platform, but it will feature unique styling details. The Levante will be priced at €60,000 (about $80k).

2015 will be the busiest year for Maserati. First, the company will bring the next-generation GranTurismo and GranCabrio into production and a new sports car, which is rumored to be called GranSport. This latter model will target the Porsche 911 and will carry a base price of about €80,000 to €90,000 ($105,800 to $119,050).

So, keep an eye out for big changes in our favorite trident-bearing brand, as it morphs into a more mainstream auto manufacturer.

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Spy shots: 2014 Maserati Ghibli Caught Testing for the First Time

The last time we have caught the 2014 Maserati Ghibli testing it nothing more than a modified Quattroporte body. Today, however, the first real prototype for the new, smaller Maserati has been spied and we have the images for you!

Maserati engineers have camouflaged this prototype to look like the old Quattroporte test cars we saw early in 2012, but they couldn’t foul anyone. At a quick comparison, it is clear that this Ghibli test car is not as long as the Quattroporte test cars, with the most noticeable length difference being at the rear doors. It is also easy to notice that just like with the Quattroporte test cars from last year, this Ghibli test car is features fake camouflage panels on the rear half of the roofline.

The upcoming Ghibli is codenamed "M157" and will aim to compete with models like BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class. It is rumored that the next Ghibli will be built on a modified version of the Chrysler 300 chassis and will be feature more Chrysler technology than Maserati.

Under the hood it will be feature a turbocharged version of Chrysler’s 3.5-liter Pentastar V-6 with an output of about 375 to 400 horsepower. Along with the V-6, Maserati will also offer the same Ferrari-sourced V-8 used in the new Quattroporte. Both engines will be mated to an 8-speed, ZF transmission.

Expect to see the new Maserati Ghibli launched sometime in 2013.

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Maserati announces new Quattroporte, Ghibli, and Levante

Maserati announces new Quattroporte, Ghibli, and Levante

Maserati has kept itself busy during the 2012 Paris Motor Show: Not only did they unveil the new GranCabrio MC, but they also announced the names of three much-awaited future Maserati products. The new vehicles will join the company’s line-up in an attempt to hit a sales target of 50,000 units per year by 2015.

The first model to arrive on the market will be the new generation Quattroporte - a sports luxury sedan that will continue the 50-year success story that began in 1963. If rumors are to be trusted, we will see this model in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show.

Next, there will be the long rumored baby Quattroporte - a new high-end E segment four-door sedan. The new model will be called Ghibli – a name used on a Gran Turismo car produced between 1966–73 and then from 1992–97. It will arrive on the market a few months after the new generation Quattroporte.

Finally, the production version of the Kubang Concept will be called the Levante. The SUV takes its name from the Via Emilia Levante in Bologna, where the Maserati brothers, almost a century ago, dreamt of the company that today still bears their name. The Levante will be unveiled in 2014 - just in time to celebrate Maserati’s centennial.

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