The Maserati Ghibli is here and its all part of the new era for Maserati.
Despite a rich history in motorsport and performance cars, Maserati has only now launched itself into the hearts and minds of people everywhere thanks to the establishment of a few key elements.
Those key elements include a killer shark-like design, and a killer exhaust note derived from a Ferrari built V8 engine. Starting with the introduction of the four-door Quattroporte, and then the two-door GranTurimso, Maserati was becoming the car that everyone wanted and everyone loved.
Add in the fact that the asking money for a Maserati was significantly less than a Ferrari or Lamborghini and you get a real sense of bang for buck. You could own a brand new supercar for $300,000. That sounds pretty good to me.
Enter the Maserati Ghibli.
As part of Ferrari’s strategy to restrict vehicle production and maintain exclusivity, the sister brand Maserati is stepping up its production and models in the hope to attract both those already who own supercars, and those wanting to step into one for the first time.
The first new model as part of this strategy is the Ghibli. Aimed at taking on the likes of the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E Class, the Ghibli pricing starts from $150,000 with petrol and diesel models available.
Whilst the Ghibli isn’t as large as the BMW or Mercedes-Benz models, the level of performance and trim levels are entirely appropriate with their comparative competitors. Add an unrivalled level of customisation that can be applied to the interior including leather colours, extended leather dash options, carbon fibre trims, or embroidering in the seats, and you have one hell of an executive car.
Thanks to the updated infotainment system, the Maserati doesn’t feel last generation in the tech department. Using Garmin technology as a base, the GPS navigation is also going to get you to where you need to without any undesired detours. However, none of that supercar look and feel is lost in the interior.
Despite being a little smaller, the rear passenger space is still practical and will manage a couple of taller adults. Luggage room in the boot is ample, and there won’t be issues with golf clubs or suitcases. Finally we also have push button start available.
To maintain the best mix of comfort and sportiness there are three different models in the product range. The Ghibli Diesel, the model that has attracted the most buyer attention, is powered by a 202kW V6 diesel engine made by Ferrari and also produces up to 600Nm of torque. This sends the sedan from 0-100km/h in 6.3 seconds and sips just 5.9 litres/100km made possible by an eight-speed ZF gearbox.
Moving through the range, the Ghibli Petrol is a twin turbo V6 made by Ferrari that produces 243kW of power and up to 500Nm of torque and will suit anyone who wants to get into the Maserati brand and wants that awesome Maserati exhaust note. Yes, a V6 produces that Maserati exhaust note.
At the top end of the range, and perfect for those who want proper performance is the Ghibli S. It’s twin turbo V6 engine produces 301kW of power and 550Nm of torque. Initially only available in RWD form, with an AWD slated to come at a later date. However, the S shoots you from 0-100km/h in 5seconds flat.
For the Ghibli S, pricing is around $200,000 drive away and some will make the comparison to the faster, and very popular M3 Sedan. However, if it is exclusivity that you’re after the Masteri will be your pick. With 27 vehicles only making their way to the Brisbane dealership alone, you start to understand that you’re probably going to be the only Ghibli on the road in your adventures.
After our brief experience with the Ghibli, we’re happy with what we saw and if Maserati can continue to produce vehicles that still retain what makes them desirable to begin with, they’ll be on track to hitting their production targets.
The Ghibli might not have supercar performance, but with its pricing and excellent interior quality the Maserati Ghibli is definitely going to be making its mark on the road.