Maserati gives North America a 2017 Ghibli Nerissimo Edition

Yes, that’s Italian for “extremely black”

Since it had no new models to showcase in New York, Maserati chose the easy way.

More specifically, the "paint everything black and call it Black Edition" way. Only Maserati didn't use the word "black" and went for the Italian "nerissimo," which certainly sounds better — even though it means "extremely black."

Only 450 units of the dark Ghibli will be made, and they will be on sale exclusively in the U.S. and Canada.

The thing is, one can't deny the obvious: Ghibli Nerissimo looks good. Its sinister-looking details suit the bodywork's flowing lines perfectly. Not counting the tailpipe trims, trident badge, and model lettering, all the shiny parts are painted black, including the 20-inch Urano wheels, door handles, window trim, and grille. The red-painted brake calipers bring a welcome contrast.

The Ghibli Nerissimo features a black extended leather interior that features sport seats with red stitching, a sports steering wheel with gear-shift paddles, INOX sport pedals, a Dark Mirror interior trim, and a center console badge attesting the fact that it is one of 450 units built.

Available for the Ghibli, Ghibli S and Ghibli S Q4, the Nerissimo Edition comes with standard features such as standard blind spot assist, front and rear parking sensors, and remote start. The Ghibli S and S Q4 versions of the Nerissimo add a Harman Kardon stereo system.

U.S. pricing for the Ghibli Nerissimo starts at $77,250, with the Ghibli S and Ghibli S Q4 available from $84,000 and $86,500, respectively.