When the Maserati Ghibli concept first emerged, news that it would be produced was changed so many times that it nearly became a joke. Now that the Ghibli is a certain reality–it should be known that it is packing in the power department with 2 turbocharged petrol engines. While it appears more subdued than its sleeker and sportier predecessors, it has some perks of its own.
The Maserati Ghibli is the brand’s very first premium E Segment saloon and will be available by the end of this year. It is dramatically different from its sportier siblings, opening opportunities to target a new market segment.
The Maserati Ghibli adds a little pressure on the pedal for the brand’s goal to unload a staggering 50,000 cars by 2015. Not only is the Ghibli the start of a petrol range, it is a 4-door saloon offering. Because it is a bit smaller and lighter on the budget, the Ghibli has the potential to attract a new range of buyers, which would bode well with the brand’s lofty plans.
The Maserati Ghibli production version at a glance:
- Petrol provides economical high-performance
- 2 twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engines allow the diminutive member of the family to hit the 0-60 mile per hour marker in 5 seconds flat. While that is about double the time of a hypercar, it is impressive for its segment.
- Top speed is estimated at 177 miles per hour
- Even with a twin turbo-diesel V6 engines, it manages a green 47 miles per gallon. It also boasts start-stop technology.
- It resembles the GranTurismo in some aspects, though is distinctly different than any of its predecessors
- There will be Ghibli, Ghibli S and Ghibli diesel variants available