2014 maserati ghibli s q4




2014 maserati ghibli s q4

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  • Anybody who has ever been served a gourmet meal prepared in a hurry will understand the new Maserati Ghibli. The meat hasn't soaked in the marinade long.

    The Maserati Ghibli S Q4 is a more approachable, affordable Maserati, but at this price point it both loses a bit of its mystique, and faces.

    A beautiful blue Maserati Ghibli S Q4 arrived in front of my house. The first thing that struck me about the Ghibli was its perfect proportions.

    2014 maserati ghibli s q4

    2014 maserati ghibli s q4

    The engine is available in two tunes: Despite those things, the interior is still admirable. This example uses a large 8. This Jag feels like an old-school car with a modern power train, because that's exactly what it is. The Ghibli is the lowest priced model in Maserati's lineup and, as the entry point into the brand, has a broader appeal than other Maserati models.

    2014 maserati ghibli s q4

    2014 maserati ghibli s q4

    2014 maserati ghibli s q4

    2014 maserati ghibli s q4

    2014 maserati ghibli s q4

    The twin-turbo V-6 engine makes a great, almost exotic sound while delivering great acceleration. The Ghibli is a gorgeous, low slung sedan. The Bad The Bowers and Wilkins premium stereo is hampered by rattling door panels. Over rough roads, the suspension can feel a bit darty. The Maser's available tech pales in comparison to that of its rivals. The Bottom Line The Maserati Ghibli S Q4 is a more approachable, affordable Maserati, but at this price point it both loses a bit of its mystique, and faces some very stiff competition.

    Maserati are a mystery to many; not quite sports cars, not quite luxo barges. They match Ferrari engineering with plush amenities and a ride better suited for city streets than the racetrack.

    2014 maserati ghibli s q4

    You don't see Masers every day and when you do see a Gran Turismo S prowling the boulevard, it's a treat. The Ghibli is the lowest priced model in Maserati's lineup and, as the entry point into the brand, has a broader appeal than other Maserati models. The Maserati S Q4 is the most powerful example of the model. The Maserati Touch Control MTC navigation and infotainment system is clearly a reskinned Chrysler Uconnect system -- thanks to the Fiat Chrysler Automotive merger -- which was at first glance a disappointment.

    However, not all Uconnect systems are created equally and this is one of the good ones. This example uses a large 8. The touchscreen is responsive and with so much real estate, the virtual buttons are easy to hit without devoting too much attention. Glare, however, can be a bit of an issue. The turn-by-turn navigation system takes traffic data into account when choosing routes and rerouting, and every now and then you'll hear the slightly robotic voice chime in to let you know that there's, for example, a minute delay or that it's potentially saving you 10 minutes by routing around traffic.

    2014 maserati ghibli s q4

    The navigation menus are simple and have been redesigned with gorgeous new graphics and the maps are crisply and colorfully rendered on the large screen.

    Single-step voice-activated address input allows the driver to state the full address from street number to state rather than slogging through multiple prompts, which is a good thing. The MTC infotainment system is clearly a reskin of Chysler's Uconnect system, but that's not a bad thing. Along the bottom of the screen are large virtual button shortcuts to hands-free phone controls which also reads SMS text messages via text-to-speech , climate controls, seat heat and cooling controls, and the audio sources.

    It does, however, support in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, but that's an optional feature that was not present on our tester. I'm sure that the system sounds great if you don't listen to anything with strong bass.

    2014 maserati ghibli s q4

    If you do, the Ghibli's door panels quickly reveal themselves as a weak point, distorting the sound with panel rattle and annoying buzzing which at best sucks all of the magic out of owning an audiophile system and at worst makes the audio sound just terrible.

    Lowering the bass levels doesn't really do much to help, so I ended up adjusting the kind of music that I played while motoring to avoid electronica, pop, and hip-hop. Under the hood, you won't find some exotic V engine; this is the inexpensive Maser, remember. Instead you'll find a Ferrari-built 3. The engine is available in two tunes: Both vehicles put power through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission one of the best examples of a torque converter automatic on the road.

    On the road​: 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4



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