The Maserati Ghibli is more diminutive than the flagship Quattroporte and features the first-ever diesel engine produced by the marquee. The Ghibli was designed to attract a new market segment as part of a larger plan to dramatically increase overall sales to 50,000 units annually. The little diesel will be positioned to move and looks a bit different than its siblings.
The Ghibli is the first Maserati to feature a diesel engine
The Maserati Ghibli made its official debut at the Shanghai Auto Show at the end of April. It is a driver-oriented addition to the exotic sports car fleet with the added versatility of a diesel engine. Competitors include the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
The Maserati Ghibli at a glance:
- Three 6-cylinder engines: 2 gas and one diesel
- Base engine is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 kicking out 330 horses and 368 pound-feet of torque. The 0-60 jump is in 5.6 seconds, which isn’t exactly supercar material, but certainly acceptable as a daily driver.
- The Ghibli S is packing a twin-turbocharged version that releases 410 horses and hits the jump in 5 seconds. This version will have Maserati’s new Q4 all wheel drive system.
- The diesel version of the Ghibli features a 3.0-liter V6 with 275 horses in the stable. This fellow hits the 0-60 jump in 6.3 seconds.
The Maserati Ghibli enjoyed a warm reception in Shanghai, but it remains to be seen if the market will react. The exterior appearance is decidedly Maserati, yet dramatically altered to resemble a daily driver. The aggressive lines of its predecessors have been replaced with more rounded edges and that sedan vibe.
The Maserati Ghibli will be offered with standard 18-inch wheels with 19’s and 21’s available for extra cash
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