Maserati Ghibli – Test Drive
By Bradley Taylor
The new four-door saloon Maserati Ghibli signifies a harmonization of modern technology and motoring heritage. The saloon bears the classic frame of the 1960s Ghibli models, yet for the first time in Maserati’s 100 year history, these new Ghibli models are available with a diesel engine and eight speed automatic transmission.
The Maserati Ghibli is based on the all-new Maserati Quattroporte which was launched earlier this year. As a result, the Ghibli features an extensive variety of engine choices. You can choose from; a 3-litre V6 turbo diesel which is capable of producing 271bhp and 443lb ft of torque, a 3-litre V6 twin-turbo petrol engine which boasts 325bhp and 369lb ft of torque, and finally the Ghibli S which offers a staggering 404bhp and 406lb ft of torque. Irrespective of the engine you choose, all of these versions utilize the same eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox with identical gear ratios.
From a stylistic perspective, the new Ghibli represents the height of sophisticated refinement; with hand-stitched leather upholstery, a magnesium dashboard skeleton and tactile aluminium gear change paddles. The Ghibli only bears a few minor interior design flaws; namely the headlamp and mirror switches which appear economical when compared to the overriding ambiance of the Ghibli’s other luxurious interior features. Similarly, the stereo buttons appear somewhat cramped as they are placed between the gear change paddles and steering wheel.
However, minor interior faults aside, motorists can marvel for hours at the Ghibli’s stunning exterior metallic paintwork and 20-inch Urano alloy wheels. These exterior masterpieces make it eminently more desirable than many of its saloon competitors currently on the market. Overall, the Ghibli’s design features are exceedingly sharp and crisp; with frameless aluminium doors and a shark-like snout; exuding both elegance and dynamic power.
The Ghibli’s stylistic opulence is coupled with everyday practicality; thanks to its spacious 500-litre boot. Moreover, although the rear seat legroom is noticeably smaller than that of the Maserati Quattroporte, the Ghibli more than compensates for these faults with its luxurious leather upholstery and extensive technological features. For instance, within the centre of the dashboard lies a vibrant 8.5 inch screen which provides a wealth of sat-nav, radio and communication features. As a result of these features, motoring enthusiasts Jardine Motors have hailed the Ghibli as a “gran turismo model that combines everyday practicality with inimitable style and exceptional performance”.
The Ghibli delivers a competent driving performance, facilitating smooth gearbox shifts and light, accurate steering. However, for a more thrilling ride, motorists have the option of heightening the Ghibli’s suspension, thereby transforming your vehicle into an efficient and sporty executive motor with the ability to swiftly change direction whilst keeping its body under firm control. These capabilities will have you itching to put your foot flat down onto the accelerator to test the limits of this powerful motor on the open road.
Ultimately, the Maserati Ghibli offers motorists an opportunity to indulge in classical motoring heritage whilst enjoying a wealth of modern technological features. Despite a few interior design hitches, the Ghibli symbolizes why Maserati have earned a sterling 100 year motoring reputation. The Ghibli exudes elegant style and character, and offers both drivers and passengers a sublimely luxurious motoring experience.