The Most Affordable Maserati Yet
The name Maserati conjures up images of Italian style, superior quality and extraordinarily out of reach prices in most people’s minds …. That is until you have taken a look at the Maserati Ghibli.
All of the models in the Maserati range are named after winds. Winds are used as a metaphor for power and speed, they are fast and can bring change – the Ghibli is no different named after a hot, dry African wind. The current version of the Ghibli is not the only one we have seen over the years. The Ghibli name was first used for a Guigiaro designed V8 powered car back in 1966 and on a 4 seat coupe styled by Gandini in the 1990’s. The current Ghibli first emerged as the all-new Ghibli in 2014 and is the most affordable Maserati available.
Maserati boss Harold Webster refers to Maserati customers as ‘calculated risk takers – stepping outside the premium mainstream’. So for all those searching for an executive luxury car with an added pinch of excitement the Ghibli could be a strong contender.
For the first time ever in a Maserati there is a diesel engine under the bonnet, ensuring it will appeal to all those fuelling way too many miles each month. The 3 litre twin turbo V6 271 bhp engine balances fuel consumption with sporty performance racing to 62 mph in a very respectable 6.3 seconds while giving you 47.9 miles per gallon.
For petrol lovers there are 2 options for you; the standard twin turbo 326bhp 3.0 litre V6 engine that will take you 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds or the Maserati Ghibli S with a twin turbo V6 engine that produces 404bhp and will get you from standing to 62 mph in a very impressive 5 seconds. To make sure those who opt for the diesel version are not disappointed with the engine sound Maserati have added in Sound Actuators. These 240 watt 6.5" speakers in the exhaust will make sure every touch of the accelerator brings joy to your ears!
Standard across the entire range is the 8 speed ZF automatic transmission. This is controlled by auto adaptive software that will monitor the driving style and road conditions to select the perfect gear changing mode for you. There are 5 styles – auto normal, auto sport, manual normal, manual sport and increase control and efficiency. Also standard across all models are the double wishbone and 5 link rear suspension system courtesy of its bigger brother in the Maserati range the Quattroporte.
Driver Aids and Technology
The diesel version has all the modern luxuries you would expect of any executive car; cruise control, parking sensors, automatic headlights, rain sensors, LED daytime running lights, hill hold control, keyless entry, keyless start, touchscreen control unit with Nav, DAB digital radio, CD/DVD/SD card, Bluetooth and a multifunction steering wheel to name just a few. The Trident logo on the headrests, velour floormats and soft leather upholstery keeps the luxury Italian feel throughout the interior. Safety has not been compromised in pursuit of luxury and speed though, the Maserati Ghibli has been awarded a 5* rating from NCAP.
All these goodies are wrapped up in a super stylish body, 18" Alfieri design alloy wheels, dual chrome plated stainless steel tailpipe and the Maserati logo embedded pride of place in the front grille quenches the thirst for badge appeal and is sure to get a few heads turning.
So for all those who want something a little bit different from the BMW 5 Series or Mercedes E Class the Maserati Ghibli provides an opportunity to stand out from the queue of executive cars during the morning rush hour.
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22 November 2016
Written by Natalie Faughy