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Maserati Ghibli S Q4 vs BMW 640i xDrive GC vs MB CLS400 4Matic

Maserati Ghibli Comparison
Descended from a rich 100-year history of building race cars and road cars, the MaseratiGhibli has ushered in a new era for the fabled manufacturer.  Beautiful from every angle and motivated by a thunderous twin-turbocharged V6, the MaseratiGhibli has a commanding presence on the road. 
Conceived to be a more athletic and driver-focused car than the Quattroporte, the MaseratiGhibli is both a work of art and an engineering triumph!

Maserati Ghibli S Q4

In the ever-competitive segment of luxury cars, German offerings have long been praised for their precision and on-road manners.  However, as technology progresses, and driver-aids are becoming more and more prevalent, many of these motorcars have been extremely diluted.  German luxury cars are considerably heavier, which taxes their braking and handling.  Their suspension systems have had to become increasingly compliant as a result, which leads to a less precise and 'rubbery' road feel. 

Weight has also caused most German luxury engines to be tuned in a more conservative manner, with lower rev limits and overly complex turbocharger systems that stifle exhaust sound.  Autonomous driving aids, artificial engine noise, and increasingly complex in-car systems have hampered the experience for the most important component in a vehicle: The Driver. Maserati maintains a focus on the driving experience, and does not compromise performance for gadgetry.

Best Price

As Tested Price

Engine

Power

Torque

Transmission

Drive

Brakes

Measurements

Wheelbase

Weight

Cargo Capacity

EPA Mileage

0-60 MPH

Top Speed

Options

BMW
640i xDrive Gran Coupe

$81800

$92100

3.0L twin-turbo inline-6

315 hp @ 5800-6000 rpm

330 lb-ft @ 1300-4500 rpm

ZF 8-Speed Automatic

AWD

4-Wheel ABS

197.1L x 74.6W x 54.8H

116.9 in

4,365 lbs

13 cu. Ft.

20/29 mpg

5.2 seconds

130 mph

M Sport Package ($4,400)

- M Steering Wheel

- Alcantara Headliner

- 19-inch Sport Wheels

- Shadowline Exterior Trim

- Aerodynamic Body Kit

Executive Package ($3,500)

- Concierge Services

- Soft-Close Doors

- 4-Zone Automatic Climate Control

- Head Up Display

- Multi-Contour Seats

- Front Ventilated Seats

Power Sunshades ($1,000)

Cold Weather Package ($450)

- Heated Rear Seats

- Heated Steering Wheel

Maserati
Ghibli S Q4

$77900

$89550

3.0L twin-turbo V6

404 hp @ 5,250 rpm

406 lb-ft @ 1,750-6,750 rpm

ZF 8-Speed Automatic

AWD

Piston Calipers, ABS

195.7L x 82.7W x 57.5H

118 in

4,124 lbs

18 cu. Ft.

15/25 mpg

4.7 seconds

175 mph

Sport Package 19 ($5,900)

- Skyhook Adaptive Suspension

- Shift Paddles

- 19-inch Sport Wheels

- Inox Sport Foot Pedals

- Extended Leather

- Colored Brake Calipers

Premium Package ($2,750)

- Power Foot Pedals

- Rain Sensing Wipers

- Power Rear Sunblind

- Front and Rear Parking Sensors

- Remote Start

- Easy Entry Seat System

- Premium 10-Speaker 600W Sound

Heated Wood Leather St Wh ($1,000)

Cold Weather Package ($850)

- Headlight Washers

- Heated Windshield Washers

- Heated Rear Seats

Wi-Fi System ($750)

Rear Laminated Glass ($400)

Mercedes-Benz
CLS400 4Matic

$68490

$81295

3.0L twin-turbo V-6

329 hp @ 5,250-6,000 rpm

354 lb-ft @ 1,600-4,000 rpm

7-speed automatic

AWD

4-Wheel ABS

192.1L x 81.5W x 57.1H

113.2 in

4,255 lbs

15.3 cu. Ft.

20/28

5.2 seconds

130 mph

Premium 2 Package ($3,650)

- Navigation

- Full LED Headlights

- Adaptive High Beam Assist

- Satellite Radio Traffic

- Voice control

- 6-Disc CD/DVD Changer + SD Reader

- Power Rear Window Sun Shade

Premium 1 Package ($3,250)

- Ventilated Front Seats

- harman/kardon Sound System

- Satellite Radio

- Keyless Go

- Rearview Camera

- Electronic Trunk Closer

- Power Folding Side Mirrors

Airmatic Adaptive Suspension ($1,610)

19-inch Wheel Package ($1,490)

- 19-inch Sport Wheels

- 3-Spoke Sport Steering Wheel

- Brushed Aluminum Pedals

Parking Assist Package ($1,290)

- Parktronic with Active Parking Assist

- Surround View Camera System

Wood and Leather St Wheel ($590)

The Ghibli's mission is to reverse this trend of humdrum driving experiences, and provide the tactile and aural experience that make for a truly rewarding drive. Optional Sport mode summons an impressive bark from the exhaust system, coupled with increased throttle response. Available Skyhook Adaptive Suspension allows the driver to firm the suspension for spirited excursions, and the large-diameter standard brakes are a willing companion at any speed.

Exquisite forged aluminum paddle shifters enable the driver to instantly and comfortably change gears in the incredible ZF 8-Speed Automatic Transmission.  A Ferrari-designed turbocharged V6 motivates the Ghibli, and produces class-leading horsepower in the available S trim.  It features nearly imperceptible turbo lag, and a wide power band accessible from any engine speed.

The Optional Q4 All-Wheel-Drive ensures sure footing in any weather conditions. Difficult to put in words, a test drive of the Ghibli is all one needs to understand the true character of this 4-door sports car. 

It is dramatically different from sedate luxury cars.

Maserati Ghibli S
Q4 Performance

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Gaurav Khana

Gaurav Khanna
Auto enthusiast and connoisseur

Gaurav Khanna is an auto connoisseur, marketer and a team member of the Experience Auto Group. He has been working in the auto industry for over a decade and loves all things automobile.




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