The first rumors about a new Maserati sedan placed under the current Quattroporte appeared at the beginning of 2010, but after a couple of months of heating up the air waves, the new car fell by the wayside while everyone made room for the new Audis, Ferraris, and such. Now, with just two weeks before the car’s official debut in Shanghai, Maserati has dropped the first details on its latest addition to the lineup.
Based on the same platform as the new generation Quattroporte, the new Ghibli sedan features a sportier character when compared to its big brother. Also, unlike previous rumors, for the new Ghibli, Maserati will only use two V-6 engines, while the V-8 engine used in the Quattroporte won’t be used.
Maserati revealed nothing on the car’s price just yet, but considering the new Ghibli will play a significant role in Maserati’s growth plan to sell 50,000 cars per year, we expect the price to be kept somewhere in the $70k area.
UPDATE 04/21/2013: Maserati has unveiled more official details on the new Ghibli sedan at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show. Unfortunately, no additional images were released yet.
UPDATE 06/05/13: A new batch of photos of the Maserati Ghibli has been released. This time, though, it comes with a new color option called "Blu Emozione". Check out the photos in gallery below!
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The first official images reveal that the new Ghibli will adopt an exterior design similar to what we have seen in the Quattroporte. Maserati will combine the dynamic lines required by a sporty sedan with the specific elegance of the Italian models.
Up front, you will notice the same headlights and grille seen on the Quattroporte, while the rear appears to be slightly different. The exhaust system features oval end pipes and not trapezoidal as in the Quattroporte, while the trunk spoiler is a little bit more discrete in the Ghibli.
The Ghibli rides on a 2.99-meter (117.7-inch) wheelbase and it measures in at 4.97 meters (195.66 inches) in length. It comes standard with a set of 18-inch wheels, but you can opt for 19-, 20- or 21-inch wheels.
For the interior Maserati will be offering the same level of luxury we have already seen in its entire lineup. There will be a three-spoke steering wheel, top-quality leather, carbon-fiber insertions and tons of new tech gadgets.
Previous rumors suggested that the new Ghibli will be offered with the same V-6 and V-8 engines used in the Quattroporte. Still, Maserati prepared a surprise for us, as it appears that two gasoline-powered, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engines and a 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel, making it the first-ever Maserati model to use a diesel engine.
The base 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine hits the streets with 243 kW (330 horsepower) and 500 Nm (368 pound-feet) of torque. This engine will sprint the Ghibli to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 5.6 seconds while turning in a fuel-consumption rate of 9.6 L/100 km (28.8 mpg).
The Ghibli S will receive a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine that pumps out 301 kW (410 horsepower) at 5,500 rpm and 550 Nm (405 pound-feet) of torque from as low aw 1,750 rpm. This will rocket the sedan to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 5 seconds and up to a top speed and 285 km/h (177 mph).
For those that want a more eco-friendly option without sacrificing too much in terms of performance, Maserati offers up the Ghibli Diesel — the first Maserati to ever use a diesel engine. This 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel engine pumps out 202 kW (275 horsepower) and a massive 600 Nm (442 pound-feet) of torque. This helps it hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in a fast-for-a-diesel 6.3 seconds. On top of great performance, the Ghibli Diesel also features a fuel-consumption rate of just 6 L/100 km (over 47 mpg) and a CO2 output of just 160 g/km.
The diesel variant also features Maserati’s Active Sound system, which uses a pair of sound actuators next to the exhaust exits to accentuate the exhaust notes, giving them a more impressive sound when you hammer on the accelerator. A "Sport" button on the interior further enhances the exhaust note.
The engines will mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission and customers will have the choice of either rear-wheel drive or the new "Q4" all-wheel-drive system.
Suspension and Brakes
Up front the Ghibli features a double-wishbone suspension and the back end hosts a multi-link setup with an optional Skyhook system to enhance handling. Additionally, a part-time all-wheel-drive system with a limited-slip differential help optimize traction in the twist.
Braking is equally important as handling and Maserati took car of this by fitting the Ghibli S with 360 mm x 32 mm (14.17-by-1.26-inch) ventilated and cross-drilled front brake discs squeezed by Brembo six-pot calipers, while the rear features has 350 mm x 28 mm (13.78-by-1.10-inch) ventilated discs with four-piston calipers. This will drag the Ghibli S to a stop from 100 km/h in just 36 meters (118.1 feet). There is no mention of the base Ghibli’s braking system yet.
Pricing and Release
Prices for the new Maserati Ghibli will be announced closer to its market launch, but we expect it to come in at about $70k.
The car will be designed in-house by Fiat Centro Stile under the leadership of Fiat chief Lorenzo Ramaciotti.
Unlike the Ghibli, the XF is offered with a choice of V-6 and V-8 engines. The problem is that the V-6 version only delivers a total of 340 horsepower, but it is considerably cheaper: $53,000. For customers with a bigger wallet, Jaguar also offers a supercharged version that gets a 470-horsepower, 5.0 liter V-8 engine. For this version, you will have to pay a total of $68,100, which is pretty much the same price we expect for the Ghibli.
BMW 550i sedan
By the time the new Ghibli is put on sale, BMW will also unveil the revised 5-Series. The model will receive updates to only the exterior and the interior, so the 550i will keep its usual engine: a 4.4-liter V-8 with an output of 400 horsepower. The current version 550i is priced at $62,700 and we expect a similar price for the revised version.
All we can say is "wow." the Ghibli definitely lived up to its hype — on paper, at least — and looks like it will give its rivals a true test. The Ghibli offers up a unique exterior look, plenty of engine options, stout performance numbers and even high fuel efficiency. You really can’t ask for much more from a luxury sedan. Now we just have to wait for Maserati to release the pricing details.
Looks sportier than the Quattroporte
Good performance numbers
Up to 410 horsepower
No prices yet
MASERATI GHIBLI WORLDWIDE DEBUT
The all-new Ghibli is set to break new grounds for Maserati. With its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show, it marks the first time in Maserati history that the Italian sports, luxury and prestige maker will have two four-door saloons on sale at the same time.
The Ghibli’s design ethos emphasises its more dynamic driving characteristics by maintaining visible links with the larger Quattroporte while delivering a more aggressive visual personality.
The outline of the body reflects a coupe-like philosophy for the four-door saloon, while there are strong feline hints around the Ghibli’s grille and headlights. The grille takes its inspiration from the current GranTurismo and it can draw a line back to the classic A6 GCS of the 1950s.
It also maintains Maserati’s distinctive C-pillar treatment, which delivers much of the coupe-like stance and carries the classical Saetta Maserati logo, carrying on a tradition dating back to 1963.
The side profile is dominated by a swage line that runs from the traditional Maserati grille vents behind the front wheels and finishes in the rear lights themselves.
Inside, the Ghibli sets itself apart from the Quattroporte with its own dashboard design that perfectly meets the buyer’s need for a sportier and youthful experience without losing any of the luxury expected in a Maserati. The Ghibli also delivers a sporty design combined with the typical roominess of an executive saloon.
The Ghibli will have a more-focused, sportier philosophy than the larger Quattroporte. It will be available with two turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engines, and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The most powerful of the V6s will be the twin-turbo unit in the Ghibli S, which produces 301kW (410hp) of power at 5500rpm and 550Nm of torque from just 1750rpm.
The rear-wheel drive Ghibli S will reach 100km/h in 5 seconds flat, and has a quoted top speed of 285km/h (177 mph).
The second turbo-charged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine available on the Ghibli not only has an impressive power of 243kW (330hp) and 500Nm of torque, but delivers a fuel economy figure of just 9.6 litres/100km (28.8 mpg). It is much more than a fuel saving car, though, because it is capable of accelerating to 100km/h in just 5.6 seconds.
Both of these engines, with their parallel turbochargers, were developed by Maserati Powertrain in partnership with Ferrari Powertrain and will be built by Ferrari in its world-leading engine construction facility in Maranello.
Sharing much of the technology with the Quattroporte’s 3.8-litre V8 engine, the V6 engines use petrol direct-injection technology along with two low-inertia parallel turbochargers, four continuous camshaft phasers and deliver their fuel at around 200 bar of pressure.
This technology means that while the Ghibli S V6 has a rev limiter at 6500rpm, it still delivers 90 percent of its torque from less than 1500rpm.
The Ghibli will also become the first Maserati production car in history to be powered by a diesel engine, with a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel. The 3.0-litre turbo-charged V6 develops 202kW (275hp) of power and a crushing 600Nm of torque to deliver 0-100km/h acceleration in just 6.3 seconds. Critically, its NEDC fuel economy figure is less than 6.0 litres per 100km (more than 47 mpg). It uses highly advanced Common-Rail direct fuel injection with 2000 bar of injection pressure and it also features reduced-dwell-time injectors. This helps it to deliver sequential multiple injections for highly responsive performance and cleaner emissions with a CO2 output of less than 160g/km on the combined cycle.
Every Maserati is instantly recognisable by its engine note and the Ghibli Diesel is no different from its petrol ’sisters’, thanks to the new 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. When the driver presses the Sport button on the central tunnel, the sound becomes even more resonant and utterly inspiring.
The Ghibli is set to reveal a character all its own thanks to its combination of double-wishbone front suspension and a state-of-the-art, multi-link rear suspension with the option of the active Skyhook system, part-time all-wheel drive, firm suspension damping and a powerful braking system.
The Ghibli is the only car in its class to use a standard mechanical limited slip differential in all its versions in order to deliver the best inherent traction in all driving situations.
Like the Quattroporte, its chassis design is based around a rigid and extremely secure steel safety cell that employs an array of different steel and aluminium alloys to deliver precise strengths and minimal weight.
The front of its chassis is based around an aluminium casting with a reinforced cross-strut which helps deliver outstanding rigidity in all directions, while the rear of the chassis is made from rolled steel.
The Ghibli’s three ground-breaking engines will be fitted into a wheelbase that is around 20 cm shorter than the Quattroporte (2.99m) and an overall length that is, at 4.97m, 29cm shorter.
The Ghibli S will boast 360mm x 32mm ventilated and cross-drilled dual-cast front brake discs while it has 350mm x 28mm ventilated rear discs. It uses six-piston Brembo fixed brake callipers on the front and four-piston units at the rear to help it stop from 100km/h to zero in just 36 m.The Ghibli sits on 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.