Maserati Ghibli (2013–)
Maserati Ghibli launched
The Ghibli is smaller, shorter, lighter, more dynamic, less expensive and more economical than the flagship Quattroporte and provides a cornerstone in Maserati’s plans to build 50,000 cars a year by 2015.
Its petrol range provides high performance from both of the power outputs from the Twin Turbo-charged, 3.0-litre V6 petrol engines. The Ghibli has a more-focused, sportier philosophy than the larger Quattroporte and its most powerful model, the Ghibli S, has 410PS of power, races to 62mph in 5.0 seconds and stretches out to a top speed of 177mph.
The Ghibli is also the first Maserati in history to be also offered with a turbo-diesel V6, producing all the sound, refinement and driving pleasure typical of Maserati while delivering fuel consumption over 47mpg on the combined cycle. The Ghibli diesel will also become the first Maserati with Start-Stop technology.
This engine is thought to be derived from the VM Motori 3.0 V6 diesel used in the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee, itself derived frtom the 3.0 V6 Mercedes CDI.
It shares much of its core architecture, including its crash safety, chassis, suspension architecture, engines and LED headlight technology, with the larger Quattroporte, though it is 50 kg lighter, 173 mm shorter in the wheel base and 291 mm shorter overall.
The Ghibli’s design team was challenged to produce a saloon that emphasised its more dynamic driving characteristics through a more aggressive visual personality, yet still maintained discernible visual links with the Quattroporte.
The outline of the body reflects a coupe-like philosophy for the four-door saloon, while there are strong feline hints around the Ghibli’s grille and headlights. The grille takes its inspiration from the current GranTurismo and it can draw a line back to the classic 1950s A6 GCS.
Inside, the Ghibli sets itself apart from the Quattroporte with a unique dashboard design that perfectly matches its sportier and more youthful character without losing any of the luxury expected from Maserati. The Ghibli also delivers a sporty design combined with all the spaciousness expected in an executive saloon from Maserati.
The Ghibli, Ghibli S and Ghibli Diesel all utilise an eight-speed automatic transmission to deliver their performance, providing seamless comfort with fast gear shifting for hard acceleration. All Ghibli models deliver exquisite handling thanks to their perfectly balanced weight distribution, a double-wishbone front suspension and a state-of-the-art five-link rear suspension. It can now deliver the added security and all-weather assurance of all-wheel drive as well.
It also delivers new standards in quality in every area from design, development, fabrication and process controls. It is produced in a new plant that combines Maserati’s traditions of craftsmanship with cutting-edge technologies that are able to guarantee outstanding quality by controlling even the tiniest of details.
The Ghibli has entered the E-segment sports premium market with a marked advantage in cabin craftsmanship and detailing, offering luxury features like the Maserati Touch Control screen, reversing camera, Poltrona Frau leather interior and the 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, as well as WLAN-based WiFi and compatibility with most modern mobile phone systems.
The original 1963 Quattroporte invented the concept of the luxury sports saloon, the new Quattroporte continues to be the genre’s benchmark and now the Ghibli offers all of the Quattroporte’s qualities in a more dynamic, and more affordable package.
The Ghibli will have two petrol engines, the 330PS V6 Twin Turbo in the Ghibli and the more powerful 410PS Ghibli S. The Ghibli will also deliver a state-of-the-art V6 turbo diesel, the first in Maserati’s history, which has been designed with the European market primarily in mind. The Ghibli S reaches 62mph in 5.0 seconds and has a top speed of 177mph.
Traditional handling excellence is assured through 50/50 weight distribution, a double wishbone front suspension and a five-link rear suspension. Cabin features include WiFi WLAN hotspot, up to 15 speakers of Bowers and Wilkins audio quality, 8.4-inch Maserati Touch Control screen.
3.0 diesel (275PS): £48,600
3.0i (331PS): £51,600
3.0i (410PS): £62,520
Ghibli GranLusso and GranSport unveiled
Available as an upgrade for all Ghibli four powertrain versions, they feature adaptive full LED headlights with glare-free Matrix high-beam for even better illumination and a distinctive look.
Two more features introduced by Maserati on the new Ghibli are the Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) and the Electric Power Steering (EPS). The Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) is a new function of the ESP that further enhances the car’s driving dynamics and offers an even more unique, thrilling driving experience.
EPS has replaced the hydraulic steering system to allow the integration of new Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) like Highway Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist; together with Adaptive Cruise Control and Traffic Sign Recognition, these features are all available in the Driver Assistance package.
The Maranello built Ferrari 3.0-litre V6 Twin Turbo engine fitted on Ghibli S and S Q4 now delivers 20PS more power and 30Nm more torque than the previous unit. With 430PS power output and 580Nm peak torque, maximum speed is increased for both versions to 286 km/h and acceleration from 0-62mph has been improved by 0.1 seconds to as low as 4.7 seocnds for the Ghibli S Q4 with the Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive system.