The Maserati-Ermenegildo Zegna collaboration has already given birth to one special-edition model, the Quattroporte Zegna Limited Edition. The success of that model, which was limited to only 100 units, gave Maserati and Zegna reason to come back for seconds. So here it is, ladies and gentlemen, round two of the Maserati-Zegna tie-up: the Ghibli S Q4 by Ermenegildo Zegna Concept.

The new Ghibli concept was shown off at the Paris Motor Show in October 2014, an appropriate venue considering Paris’ reputation as one of the world’s premier fashion destinations. Like its Quattroporte counterpart, the Ghibli Zegna Concept was treated to a significant amount of exclusive items befitting Zegna’s reputation as one of the most iconic fashion houses in the world.

That’s all well and good, but the more important question is whether Maserati has plans to actually produce the Ghibli Zegna Concept the same way it did the Quattroporte Zegna Limited Edition. If past success is any indication, I’m gonna have a lot of trouble finding reasons why the Italian won’t go that route.

Maserati hasn’t made any announcements on that end, but I do expect a limited edition variant to arrive soon, hopefully as early as the start of 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the Maserati Ghibli S Q4 by Ermenegildo Zegna Concept.

  • 2015 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 by Ermenegildo Zegna Concept
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    410
  • Torque @ RPM:
    405
  • 0-60 time:
    4.8 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    176 mph
  • Price:
    75000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, but is it okay to ask Santa for an early Christmas present? That’s where I stand now after a few minutes with the Ghibli Zegna Concept. To be clear, I’ve been a big fan of the Ghibli since it made its debut at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. But the Ghibli Zegna Concept is really something else. For starters, it boasts of a unique and exclusive Azzurro Astro tricolor paint finish, creating a depth of blue shade that immediately pops out when you first look at it. Look at it from various angles and the iridescence of the color changes from blue to ash grey. Pretty cool, right?

The other significant design detail of the Ghibli Zegna Concept is the addition of a set of 20-inch Urano wheels that are finished in a hue called Liquid Metal. It’s not as ambitious as the Azzurro Astron body color, but it does play a big part in emphasizing the Ghibli’s sporty and luxurious style.

Interior

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As far as Zegna is concerned, the Italian fashion house’s imprint on the Ghibli is largely showcased on the sports sedan’s interior. One of the highlights of the cabin’s design is the use of pure silk, a fabric specifically endorsed by Zegna to adorn a majority of the cabin’s surface area. Take the passenger compartment for example; it’s been dressed up in a combination of Poltrona Frau leather and Zegna anthracite silk. Likewise, the seats received natural leather, contrasted by light-grey stitching that matches a central silk insert. These particular inserts were designed with a micro-chevron weave of vertical rolls on the central seat and backrest area.

The door panels also received a matching salt-and-pepper silk covering with matching ton-sue-ton ornamental stitching and alternating rib embroideries. The same silk was also used to cover the Ghibli’s roof lining, top pillars, and sunshades.

To keep it from becoming monotonous, Zegna also added splashes of glossy carbon fiber to the central tunnel and door panels while the black floor mats received leather inserts with leather edges. These sharp floor mats are fixed to the floor with billet-aluminum buttons. The final detail of the cabin is an Ermenegildo Zegna Edition plate fixed to the external central pillar.

Drivetrain

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Like the Quattroporte Zegna Limited Edition, the Ghibli Zegna Concept is powered by the same 3.0-liter, V-6 engine as the standard Ghibli S. That’s good for 410 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque, good enough to cover the 0-to-60-mph sprint in 5 seconds to go with a top speed of 176 mph.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type V6 Twin-Turbo engine
Output 410 HP
Torque 405 LB-FT
0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) 4.8 seconds
Top speed 284 km/h (176 mph)

Prices

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Maserati hasn’t released any pricing details because it hasn’t specifically announced any plans for a limited run of Ghibli Zegna models. I do expect the Italian automaker to release it in limited quantities with a price of around $80,000 to $85,000.

Competition

Jaguar XF

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Jaguar’s got a notable competitor to the Ghibli in the form of the XF. That’s not to say that one’s better than the other, but the XF does have the advantage of being offered with V-6 and V-8 engines. The latter, in particular, is a 5.0-liter unit that produces 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. If that’s too powerful for you, the XF is also offered with a 3.0-liter, V-6 engine that produces 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.

Another distinct advantage of the XF is its relatively cheaper price tag compared to the Ghibli S Q4.

BMW 5 Series

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The BMW 5 Series is an entirely different competitor, largely because it’s one of the most popular models in its class. Even with the "new car smell" of the Ghibli, it’s going to have a tough time supplanting the 5 Series, especially the 550i that boasts a 4.4-liter, V-8 engine that produces 445 ponies.

More importantly, the 550i is priced from just $49,950 in its 528i guise. Moving into the more competitive 550i model, you are looking at a starting price of $64,500 for the rear-wheel-drive model and $67,200 fir the 550i xDrive.

Conclusion

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Anytime you can have an esteemed Italian fashion brand like Zegna on your side, it’s going to get a lot of attention from Maserati and Zegna fans alike. I love Maserati more than I do Zegna but I’d be a fool to not at least be tempted by the thought of having both brands working together to create a limited run of Ghibli models.

Oh, all that silk in the interior doesn’t hurt, either.

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Press Release

In the Centennial year for the brand, and after the success of the Quattroporte Zegna Limited Edition, released in only 100 units, Maserati and Ermenegildo Zegna chose Ghibli as the natural evolution of their partnership, presenting an absolutely unique concept car.

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Maserati Ghibli S Q4, designed in collaboration with Ermenegildo Zegna, offers a new, exclusive product style interpretation; with its dynamic, contemporary look, it targets a luxury bracket of precious detail lovers and has been created with a renewed product range in mind for the future. The bodywork has a tri-coated paint finish in a new colour shade and the 20” wheels also come in a specially developed colour; the interior has been designed as the ultimate expression of style and exclusivity, with a contrasting colour scheme created by combining the finest leather and valuable Zegna yarns.

A substantial representation of the Maserati model range will also be on display at the stand, including the Quattroporte GTS, characterised by a new exterior and MY15 richer selection of standard equipment, and also available in a Diesel version. Two more Ghiblis will be present in their S Q4 and Diesel versions, alongside the Centennial Editions of the GranTurismo MC Stradale and GranCabrio MC.

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If the traditional sports nature of Maserati is embodied by the GranTurismo and GranCabrio Centennial Editions, the future is unquestionably represented by the Maserati Alfieri Concept, recent winner of the “Design Award for Concept Cars & Prototypes” during the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance last May. Created for this year’s Maserati Centennial, Alfieri explores the stylistic heritage of the brand and anticipates its future design trends.

Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna Edition

The Maserati Ghibli S Q4 by Ermenegildo Zegna Concept, to be presented at the Paris Motor Show as a world preview, stands out from the rest of the current Ghibli range thanks to its special colour finishes, materials and trims; it is a tribute to the harmony of opposites, a stylistic synthesis between sophisticated design and technological dynamism.

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Intended to be a first milestone towards the manufacturer’s renewed, future product line-up, this special trim developed for the concept car enhances its character and aesthetic value, making it even more exclusive thanks to the materials designed in collaboration with Ermenegildo Zegna and adapted to the car’s interior to create the ultimate contemporary look.

The exterior is characterised by a new, exclusive Azzurro Astro colour; the production technology is based on a triple layer of pigment, adding to the depth, shine and iridescence of the finish, enhanced by changing shades of blue at the brightest points, and toned down to ash grey in the darker areas. The aluminium pigments used for this special colour magnify the design lines and bring out the muscular profile of the bodywork; the car’s sculpted outline is forcefully enhanced by the colour used, while the transparent top coat adds depth and a glossy shine.

Other immediately apparent exterior features are the 20” Urano wheels with their distinctive colour specially developed for this concept car; this finish, named Liquid Metal, emphasises the sports style, high technology and luxury positioning of the vehicle design.

As befits the sartorial excellence represented by the Maserati and Zegna partnership, the style focus is mostly on the interior. The shared experience with the Quattroporte Zegna Limited Edition helped Ermenegildo Zegna create a pure silk fabric, combining an essential and soft feel with an elegantly technical look, resulting in an extremely high visual impact.

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Dynamism and a contemporary feel are the key words to read the dual-colour, dual-material composition of the passenger compartment - in leather tones and Zegna anthracite silk.

The natural colour leather of POLTRONA FRAU is matched with Ermenegildo Zegna’s micro-chevron silk weave, in a pattern effectively characterising the interior. Silk, an inherently sophisticated material, is further embellished by the hand-stitched macro-chevron pattern and finished off by the seat piping. On the door panel, too, the matching salt and pepper silk jersey is enhanced by an alternating rib embroidery.

As for the seating, the extra fine grain, natural colour leather with contrasting, light grey stitching is matched to a central silk insert with a micro-chevron weave of vertical rolls on the central seat and backrest area, within which the central roll, with leather piping on the sides, features a special macro-chevron weave adding to its three-dimensional, soft feel and technical appearance.

On the door panels, the central span is covered with Zegna silk Jersey and embellished by a diagonal roll pattern, with ton-sur-ton ornamental stitching and alternating rib embroideries. The same fabric is used to cover the car’s roof lining, top pillars and sunshades, carrying “Ermenegildo Zegna Exclusively for Maserati” brand labels on the inside. The sophisticated, luxury finish of the car interior is also expressed by the headrests, featuring an embroidered Trident emblem and contrasting stitching.

Inside the car, the signature dynamism of this concept model is reflected in the precious decorative inserts in glossy carbon fibre, applied to the massive central tunnel and door panels; thanks to the elaborate twill weave and thickness of the transparent layer, this material will enhance the perception of the dynamic, technical, superior quality nature of the passenger compartment.

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This car has other exclusive features including the black mat covers with leather insert and the embroidered Ghibli name, finished off by a natural colour leather edge and fixed to the car floor with buttons machined from billet aluminium; the door sill plates are also specially designed, precious elements: machined from billet aluminium and satin-finished, they have a glossy carbon fibre insert and carry the Maserati logo. An exclusive Ermenegildo Zegna Edition plate is applied to the external central pillar and tunnel between the front seats.

The car is powered by the high-performance 410 HP V6 Twin-Turbo engine, with “Q4” four wheel drive, ensuring 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in just 4.8 seconds also thanks to a maximum torque of 550 Nm, and able to reach a top speed of 284 km/h.

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