The sound of a Maserati, according to at least one questionably scientific study, raises testosterone in women, signaling sexual arousal, at levels higher than both Lamborghini and Ferrari. Before the release of the Ghibli, however, the cost of getting superiorly turned on was well into the six figures. The manufacturer’s first foray into the entry-level market, however, maintains Maserati’s seductive verve while performing on par with such veteran competitors as the Mercedes E-Class, the BMW 5 Series, and the Audi A6.
Equipped with a Ferrari-produced V-6 engine and hand-stitched leather interior, the Ghibli is a ready-made cocktail of hot-blooded styling cut with everyday function. Inspired by the birdcage Maserati GT race cars that dominated the European racing circuits fifty years ago, its look is classically sexy—but its performance is entirely modern. The car’s central nervous system, a ganglion of sensors known as the Maserati Stability Program (MSP), ensures a fluid ride through a variety of conditions, while the optional Q4 powertrain all-wheel-drive dynamically distributes torque between the front and back tires for a smooth-handling sedan that glides—sensually, you might say—through tight turns. Starting at $65,000, it’s not exactly a cheap thrill, but it’s undeniably a lot of Maserati for the money. Va-va-vroom, indeed.