I love it when a beautiful cool car like this gets a top safety rating! The 2014 Maserati Ghibli has just received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Pick” designation. The 2014 Ghibli scored a “good” rating in the each of the IIHS’ key safety tests, including front impact, side impact, low speed rear impact, and roof crush resistance. The Ghibli’s structure was—like the Maserati Quattroporte—designed with steel and aluminum to deliver strength in key areas, while keeping weight down.

The Maserati Ghibli starts at $66,850, a price Maserati hopes is alluring enough to capture a greater share of the market. The entry-level 2014 Ghibli is powered by a 345 hp twin-turbo V-6 engine, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 ups power to 404 hp with its twin-turbo V-6, and starts at $76,950. The Ghibli sedan looks to compete with the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class among others.

While America will have two gasoline engines to choose from, Maserati has developed a V-6 turbo-diesel that will be available in Europe. All models are rear-wheel drive, with Maserati’s Q4 all-wheel drive system available. We’re seeing more cars offering WiFi WLAN hotspot capability, and the 2014 Ghibli will be included. Other niceties include a 15-speaker Bowers and Wilkens audio system and an 8.4-inch touchscreen.

Source: Maserati and http://blogs.automotive.com