Aug 1, 2013 / 217 notes

The Maserati Ghibli

The original Ghibli was a two-seater GT launched by Maserati in 1967. 17 years from its last release, Maserati targets the luxury sportscar sedan segment. With the Audi A7 3.0T, Mercedes-Benz CLS550 and BMW 535i in sight, the Ghibli has quite a task at hand to compete.

Exterior

Traditional Maserati elegance with sharp converging lines providing an aggressive sport sedan stance. An obvious notch above its German counterparts with its head-turning styling. Well done.

Interior

Clean. Simple. Too simple? Looks similar to the interior of a 09’ Nissan Maxima. Not knocking the Maxima for its presentation but it would be great to have some memorable cockpit touches for a sports car twice the price. 

Under the Hood

  • ZF 8-speed driving style adjusting transmission (high volume/high quality production Tier 1 vendor to BMW).
  • Ghilbi Diesel: First Diesel engine in Maserati history: 3.0L V6, 275 hp up to 48 mpg.
  • Ghilbi S Q4: On-demand All-wheel drive: 3.0L Twin Turbo V6, 410 hp, 0-60 mph: 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 177 mph.  

Built at the Ferrari plant in Maranello, Italy, Maserati aims to build 50,000 units from their current annual production of 6,200. From a manufacturing perspective, scaling at this rate while keeping quality and on-time deliveries can be difficult for an organization unfamiliar to high volume production. Early on, keep your eyes open for quality issues not seen on the Germans.

Bottom Line

The fate of the Ghibli is yet to be determined. It won’t make a dent into the market segment without influencing those looking to stand out of the crowd and make an impression. Speaking of standing out, it also shows signs of its big brother Quattroporte with the exotic exhaust gurgle.

While the Ghibli doesn’t have a very exciting interior, there was enough bravery with the engine, transmission and exterior styling that yields a promising future. The estimated base price starts at $65,000, quite a deal for an exotic Italian. 

Source: ghibli.maserati.com

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