Fiat Launches Lower-Cost Maserati at $68,000

Miley Cyrus might be less upset if someone stole this Maserati from her garage.

Carmaker Fiat is boosting sales of its luxury Maserati brand by adding a new, lower-priced, mid-sized Maserati to its lineup.

The new four door called the Ghibli has Italian flair, a Ferrari engine and a lower price tag than Maserati's other models that are all priced above $100,000.

Starting manufacturer's suggested retail price, including destination charge, for a 2014 Ghibli is $67,850. This is some $35,000 less than the starting retail price for a 2014 Maserati Quattroporte sedan.

Cyrus has (had?) a Quattroporte. But her Maserati was stolen during a recent break-in at her Hollywood Hills home, according to police reports.

Intriguingly, the lower-priced Ghibli in upper level S Q4 trim comes with the same 404-horsepower, twin-turbo V-6 that's in the larger, base 2014 Quattroporte. This powerplant is capable of propelling the Ghibli from standstill to 60 miles per hour in just 4.7 seconds, according to Maserati. Other parts of the Ghibli also are from the Quattroporte, including much of the chassis and suspension.

So, car shoppers looking at the mid-size Porsche Panamera and Audi A7 luxury sports sedans have a new choice in their price range.

Specifically, the 2014 Panamera has a starting MSRP, including destination charge, of $79,095, while the 2014 Audi A7 has a starting retail price of $65,395. The Panamera, A7 and Ghibli all offer six-cylinder power and choice of rear- or all-wheel drive.

-- The Associated Press