2019 Maserati Ghibli Ribelle
Not for the U.S. market...by Ciprian Florea, on
The Maserati Ghibli Rebelle is a limited-edition version of the company’s midsize luxury sedan. Created exclusively for the EMEA markets, which include Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, the Ghibli Rebelle features extra luxury equipment and is limited to only 200 units.
Although it’s already five years old as of 2013, the Ghibli remains a cool sedan that blends the elegance of the bigger Quattroporte with sportier styling cues and the aggressiveness of its Ferrari-developed engine options. However, the sedan is slowly moving toward the end of its life-cycle, and Maserati is trying to keep things fresh with limited-edition models. The Ribelle focuses around a more elegant interior trim and a pitch black exterior.
Continue reading to learn more about the Maserati Ghibli Ribelle.
2019 Maserati Ghibli Ribelle
What Makes the Maserati Ghibli Ribelle Special?
Much like any special-edition model before it, the Ribelle doesn’t feature any exclusive add-ons on the outside. The package is mostly about a new paint and new wheels, but the combination is exclusive to this car only. Specifically, Maserati launched a new color called Nero Ribelle.
Sporting a slight metallic tone, this dark hue enhances the Ghibli's muscular lines and gives it an extra touch of elegance.
What’s more, the paint goes well with the dark chrome accents on the grille and window frames, as well as the blacked-out grille mesh and bumper outlets. Maserati also crafted a set of exclusive wheels for the Ribelle. Also finished in black, they’re made from alloy to save weight and measure 19 inches, so they’re larger than the standard rollers. Five of the 15 spokes feature red, laser-etched details with "Maserati" lettering on one of them. The red brake calipers add a dash of color to the otherwise all-black exterior.
A set of full LED Matrix adaptive headlamps rounds off the exterior, but only if you select the optional Ribelle Plus package.
A quick glance inside the cabin is enough to notice that Maserati paid more attention to the Ribelle's interior.
The first thing that catches the eye is the two-tone layout that combines black and red materials for a striking contrast. The classy combination adorns not only the full leather seats, usually an option on the Ghibli, but also the dashboard and the door panels.
While the dash and the seats boast large "chunks" of red leather, the door panels are mostly black, with only the armrests finished in red. The seats are red from top to bottom except for the big bolsters and the sides of the seating surfaces. The leather on the steering wheel is all-black, but the tone-on-tone stitching and matching design of the paddle shifters give it a unique look. More stitching can be seen on the door panels and the seats. By the way, the latter are exclusive to this model, so you won’t be able to order the exact same combinations on the regular Ghibli.
Another exclusive feature is the chromed aluminum badge on the central console.
Placed on the Black Piano finish wood trim, it sports the iconic "Trident" logo and "Ribelle" lettering. It also spells "One of 200" so you won’t forget that your Ghibli is a limited-edition model.
Finally, the optional Ribelle Plus package adds laminated privacy windows for enhanced thermal and sound insulation, a Harman Kardon premium sound system, and an opening sunroof.
While most limited-edition cars are usually limited to one or two engines, Maserati offers the Ghibli Ribelle with all three powerplants. As you may remember, all engines were updated in 2016 when Maserati introduced the mid-cycle facelift.
The base version of the Ferrari-developed, 3.0-liter V-6 engine now cranks out 345 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
Sprinting to 62 mph takes 5.5 seconds, while top speed comes in at 166 mph. In the Ghibli S, output increases to 424 horsepower and 428 pound-feet, while the 0-to-62 mph sprint decreases to 4.9 seconds. Go with the all-wheel-drive Q4 version, and you’ll get there in 4.7 ticks. The Ghibli S is also faster, topping out at 178 mph.
Finally, there’s the Ghibli Diesel, also powered by a 3.0-liter V-6. The latest update increased output to 271 horsepower and 420 pound-feet, which push the sedan to 62 mph in 6.3 seconds, to go with a top speed of 155 mph. In Italy, Maserati offers a detuned version of the same unit that delivers 247 horses. This version is slower, with a 0-to-62 sprint of 6.7 clicks and a top speed of 149 mph.
Limited to only 200 units, the Ghibli Ribelle is sold in EMEA markets only, which include Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. This means you won’t be able to buy it in the United States. Pricing information is not yet available, but it’s safe to assume that it will cost a few thousand euros more than the regular Ghibli.
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