The all-new Maserati Ghibli makes its world debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in China, where it is expected to sell hot cakes, helping Maserati to increase its volume and sell 50,000 cars a year. We have all the details of the new sports sedan right here.
Alright, let’s cut to the chase. The Ghibli will be available with two turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engines, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The most powerful version is the Ghibli S, boasting 301kW (410hp) and 550Nm. This rear-drive model goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 5 seconds flat, and has a quoted top speed of 285km/h (177 mph).
The weaker version offers 243kW (330hp) and 500Nm of torque, which is still pretty good, and enough to hit 100km/h in just 5.6 seconds. Fuel consumption is 9.6 litres/100km (28.8 mpg). Both these engines are pretty fun to drive seeing as they are developed by Ferrari.
The Ghibli also comes with a turbo diesel engine, the first production diesel in Maserati’s history. It’s a 3.0 liter unit developing 202kW (275hp) and 600Nm of torque, translating into a 0-100 km/h time of 6.3 seconds. Being a diesel it is quite economical, averaging 6.0 litres per 100km (more than 47 mpg) equating to CO2 emissions of under 160 g/km.
The diesel-powered Ghibli features the Ferrari-developed Maserati Active Sound system. Two sound actuators, fitted near the exhaust tailpipes, accentuate the engine’s most distinctive tones and modulate them precisely to suit the way the car is being driven.
Size-wise, the Ghibli is around 20 cm shorter than the Quattroporte (2.99m) and an overall length that is, at 4.97m, 29cm shorter. The car comes with 18-inch wheels and tyres, while the Ghibli S models ride on 18-inch staggered tyres; 19-inch, 20-inch and 21-inch wheels are available as optional extras. Brakes come from Brembo.