June 28 2013

Maserati Ghilbi released!

RMA Trackdays talk about the new Maserati Ghibli

What is it?

The Maserati Ghibli is tasked with massively increasing the volume of cars the Italian firm sells a year, targeting 50,000 sales by 2015. Just under five metres in length, the Ghibli is designed to compete with rivals like the Mercedes CLS and BMW 6-series Gran Coupe and has the option of a diesel engine for the first time in Maserati’s 99-year history.

Technical highlights?

The Ghibli is based on the all-new Maserati Quattroporte launched earlier this year, and is powered by new engines. The Ghibli range kicks off with a 3-litre V6 twin-turbo diesel that produces 271bhp and 443lb ft of torque. Next comes a 3-litre V6 twin-turbo petrol engine, supplied by Ferrari and producing 325bhp and 369lb ft. Topping off the range is the Ghibli S, using a 404bhp, 406lb ft version of the petrol V6, higher boost pressures and different ECU settings delivering the extra power.

All three versions use the same eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox with identical gear ratios, the only difference here is the top Ghibli S is also available with an optional four-wheel-drive transmission (called the Ghibli S Q4) though this won’t be coming to any right-hand-drive markets.

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