Maserati Ghibli appeals to the head, heart and soul of petrol heads everywhere

001-off-my-wheelsBrian Joss –

Maserati’s latest addition to its model range is the Maserati Ghibli – a four-door sports executive sedan and first E-segment model by the Italian luxury brand. By combining breath-taking design with exceptional handling qualities and outstanding performance, the Ghibli appeals to the heart, the head and the soul making the dream of owning a Maserati more accessible.

With the Ghibli, the Italian marque produces two concurrent four-door sedan models for the first time in its 100-year history. It is the second model after the flagship, the Quattroporte, to be manufactured to new benchmark quality standards in Maserati’s new state-of-the-art production facilities in Grugliasco close to Turin.

Maserati Ghibli: plenty to set your blood racing. Picture: Quickpic
Maserati Ghibli: plenty to set your blood racing. Picture: Quickpic

In line with Maserati’s long tradition of naming cars after winds, the name “Ghibli” originates from hot and dry, dust-bearing desert wind descending from the interior highlands of Libya toward the Mediterranean Sea. Although the wind may occur throughout the year, it is most frequent during the spring and early summer.

The first Maserati Ghibli, the mark “I”, was launched in 1967 as a two door, two-seater grand tourer with a V8 engine and 330 hp. The Maserati Ghibli II appeared in 1992, with a 2.0l V6 engine and 306 hp – the highest hp/liter output ever at the time.

Today’s Maserati Ghibli range offers unmistakable class, top-quality performance and a thrilling yet comfortable drive in an eye-catching sedan. Both versions of the petrol range, Ghibli and Ghibli S, feature a new-generation twin turbo-charged 3-litre V6 engine and an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The Ghibli S races to 100 km/h in 5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 285 km/h. The Ghibli hasa top speed of 263 km/h and acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds.

The Ghibli Diesel with its 3-litre V6 engine has been exclusively developed for Maserati by VM Motori under the watchful eye of Powertrain Director Paolo Martinelli, a legendary ex-Ferrari F1 engine designer. This new engine produces a best-in-its-class power output of 275 hp.

The new Ghibli shares parts of its core architecture, its chassis, its suspension architecture, the V6 engine and the ZF 8-speed automatic transmission with the flagship limousine Quattroporte. It is, however, 173 mm shorter in the wheel base and 291 mm shorter overall, as well as 50 kg lighter.

Dynamic and precise handling is guaranteed by the car’s perfectly balanced 50:50 weight distribution while the sophisticated suspension system and limited slip differential make every ride even more enjoyable. Achieving five stars on the Euro NCAP crash test, the Ghibli provides peace of mind for all occupants.

While the Ghibli features all classic Maserati design traits, its exterior emphasizes its determined personality.

The outline of the body reflects a coupé-like philosophy for the four-door sedan, while there are noticeable feline hints around the Ghibli’s grille and headlights. The pronounced grille draws a line back to the iconic A6 GCS of the 1950s. The shape of the headlights converges onto the Trident symbol, with every angle designed to attract the eye to Maserati’s legendary marque.

The distinctive C-pillar delivers much of the Ghibli’s coupé-like stance and hosts the classical Saetta Maserati logo, carrying on a tradition dating back to 1963. The side profile is dominated by a swage line that runs from the three unmistakable Maserati air vents behind the front wheels and finishes in the rear lights themselves.

With its long wheelbase, a total length of 4.97m and wide tracks, the Ghibli demonstrates a perfect blend of sportiness and elegance that is second to none in its class.

The Ghibli enters the E-segment of the sports premium market with a tangible advantage in cabin craftsmanship and detailing. It also sets itself apart with a unique, cockpit-inspired dashboard design that perfectly matches its sporty and youthful character without compromising on the highest level of refinement and sophistication. Key elements such as the 8.4″ Maserati Touch Control and the fine Poltrona Frau® leather finish underline the cabin’s timeless sporting character. Optional features include the 10-speaker premium Harman Kardon sound system or the 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins high end audio system, Blind Spot Alert, Siri integration, WLAN based WiFi and a wide range of customization options that cater for the most demanding individuals.

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