Founded in Bologna, Italy, by five brothers in 1914, Maserati has long been synonymous with road racing and exceedingly fast super cars, just like its nearby competitors, Ferrari and Lamborghini.
Maserati is the only Italian car manufacturer to win the Indianapolis 500, which it did twice in 1939 and 1940. It also was a top competitor for years on the Grand Prix circuit, winning the world championship in 1957. Rock star Joe Walsh famously sang in his 1978 hit single “Life’s Been Good” that “My Maserati does 185. I lost my license, now I don’t drive.”
But over the years, Maserati managed to differentiate itself from its ilk by polishing to a shine its reputation for building beautifully appointed luxury cars, rather than just exotic roadsters. It is now known more for stylish and swoopy sedans that cater to comfort as much as performance.
The Ghilbi is mid-sized luxury sedan with all the upscale bells and whistles. The infotainment system features a 10.1-inch touchscreen display with a wireless smart phone charging pad, and leather and silk upholstery is available via fashionista Ermenegildo Zegna. A 345 or 424 horsepower V-6 is standard, but a twin-turbo 580 horsepower V-8 is also optional.
Quattroporte is the next step up into the full-sized luxury sedan category, and it offers an even more dizzying array of lush interior features, including carbon fiber and real wood moldings, heated and ventilated seats throughout, and rear seat climate controls. Passing power is plentiful through an available 523-hp 3.8-liter V-8 and smooth eight-speed automatic.
The Grand Turismo harkens back to Maserati’s pure sports car days, as this world-class coupe goes zero to 60 in 4.7 seconds thanks to the potent 454-hp V-8 between the wheel wells. Staying consistent with the brand, the ride is surprising smooth and comfortable for a sports car. The seats and dashboard are wrapped in soft cowhide while a 10-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo system delivers the tunes.