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Maserati Ghibli – Object Of Desire

Maserati Ghibli – Object Of Desire

Back in April, here on Motor Blogger we announced the impending arrival of the Maserati Ghibli. At the time there wasn’t much information; now the company have announced enough details to fill twenty blogs! We asked the question, ‘Can this car compete with the likes of the Jaguar XF or the BMW 5 Series?” Well, the answer is an emphatic yes. If you need some convincing then try to seek out the official promo video (complete with obligatory yet gratuitous brunette) and listen to the awesome soundtrack and we don’t mean the music! A picture paints a thousand words.

This is the Italian brand’s first foray into the premium E Segment market. There’s a choice of two twin-turbo engines and a new efficient diesel engine. In a luxury car of this type the diesel, frankly, seems a bit incongruous. Certainly, rival cars have them as well but this is a Maserati! Still, each to his own. Either way this is a luxurious vehicle.G2 Maserati Ghibli   Object Of Desire

Essentially, the Ghibli is a smaller, shorter version of its big brother, the Quattroporte, although of course it has its own rather more aggressive styling cues. Maserati believe that it is this car that will form the cornerstone of their production henceforth and they are planning to build some fifty thousand units annually by 2015.

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. The more powerful S delivers an impressive 410hp (301kW) and manages to get to 62mph in just five seconds. Top speed for this model is 177mph. The diesel will, they say, travel 47 miles on a gallon and this is in part due to stop/start technology.

The new car has a different interior to the bigger model. The dashboard is unique and maybe a touch more sporty in appeal. The level of leather luxury remains the same. All the expected technology is available with an 8.4” touch control screen and WiFi capability. Practicality hasn’t been lost however and the rear seating is top class with plenty of headroom for full grown passengers. The rear seats split and fold and the boot offers a capacious 500L.

G3 Maserati Ghibli   Object Of DesireThe Ghibli sits on 18” wheels as standard, although larger sizes are available, all of which are crafted from ‘flow-forming technology’. What this apparently means is that the rims are lighter yet maintain strength. The largest size, 21”, is a forged alloy which only weighs the same as the 20”.

Maserati have released a huge amount of information on this car. They detail steering, brakes, suspension, body construction and on and on endlessly. A company will only do this if they have supreme confidence that they’ve got it right. They have. The Ghibli is beautiful. Is it better than the opposition? Can it match a BMW or a Jaguar for driving dynamics? Does it matter? It’s a Maserati.

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