Even though the new Maserati Ghibli was conceived to fill a gap in the market and help the company achieve its ambitious production goals, it turned out to be quite a machine. The car has impressed the journalists who have driven it big time; some are even saying it is better than the new Quattroporte.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed was the venue where Maserati showed the Ghibli to the UK public for the first time, and they did it dynamically by dispatching the new boy to the hill. The baby Maser maybe a marketing exercise built solely to be profitable for the Company, but it sure as hell is worthy of wearing the Maserati badge.
Going on sale in the UK in the autumn with a base price of £48,830, the Ghibli launches with two Twin Turbo V6 petrol engines of 330 hp (Ghibli) and 410 hp (Ghibli S), and one 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel delivering 275 hp (Ghibli Diesel). IT is the first time in history that a Maserati is fitted with a diesel engine. It works great, but somehow it doesn’t seem right.
Joining the Ghibli at the Goodwood FoS were the entire production lineup including the Quattroporte, the GranCabrio MC, and the GranTurismo MC Stradale four seater. The last two were part fo the moving motorshow, driven by celebrities such as Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, and chef James Martin.