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Ghibli announces Maserati’s return

03.09.2015

IT’S not often that we see an exotic car manufacturer make a big song and dance about the launch of one of its niche vehicles, locally. However, the recent introduction of the Maserati Ghibli was more than a car-launch, as I discovered. Maserati recently started operating on its own locally so the introduction of the new model was also the reintroduction of an iconic brand into South Africa, in a way.

Maserati’s terzo Ghibli

This is now the third generation Ghibli model with the first model making its début in 1967 as a two-door sporty tourer. The new model is quite a bit different to its ancestor, though; it’s a sport sedan now, which shares a platform with the Quattroporte albeit shortened for this model. It is certainly the most attainable new Maserati in the range at a shade over R1.3 million... if R1.3 million can be considered attainable, I suppose.

Prestazione e motore

The new model will come in three variants, the first being a sensible diesel V6 with 205kW/600Nm, which makes the car good for a 0-100km/h time of 6.3 seconds and a consumption figure of 5.9 litres/100km.

The two petrol models feature a Ferrari-built 3.0-litre twinturbo V6. These models up the ante a bit with the Standard Ghibli producing 246kW/500Nm for a top speed of 263km/h and a 0-100km/h dash of 5.6 seconds. The Ghibli S gets a massive 305kW/550Nm for a five-second 0-100kmh/h sprint and a top speed of 285km/h.

All the models use the superb ZF eight-speed automatic geabox as seen in many new cars. I cannot comment on how well Maserati has programmed the gearbox as we did not drive the vehicle, but will experience it in a few weeks.

Estetica

The looks of an Itailian sports saloon are critical and the Ghibli certianly doesn’t dissapoint. It does strike one as a four-door coupé of sorts, much like its German rivals have created however, it just seems to exude an effortless style that only an Italian brand can; it is, quite simply...cool.


Interno decortaing

The interior of the Ghibli is full of leather although I felt some of the surrounding materials could have been better. The large steering wheel pays hommage to the brand’s trident logo. There’s even a 500-litre boot, which looks as though it could swallow up a set of golf clubs quite easily.

The attention-grabbing 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system is certainly a highlight inside, with Bluetooth, AUX/USB/SD Card compatability. The level of customisation in terms of colours and surfaces offered by the brand for the interior is also impressive.

Specificazione

Features are important when you’re spending well into a million Rand for a luxury sport saloon. The Ghibli comes with features like a powered boot lid that can be opened by swiping your foot under the rear section of the car, a tyre pressure monitoring system, cruise control with speed limiter, a blind-spot alert system, keyless entry, rear-view camera , bi-Xenon headlights with daytime running lights and rear LED taillights.

Verdetto

I did not have the chance to experience the car however, on face value, the Ghibli seems to have the style and power to take on the German and Britsih contingent. For a driving impression look out for our road test of this Italian in the weeks to come.

Piano di manutenzione e garanzia

The Ghibli range comes with a three-year unlimited mileage warranty as well as a five-year/100 000km maintenance plan with service intervals pegged at 20 000km.

Prezzo:

Maserati Ghibli Diesel   R1 370 000
Maserati Ghibli Ghibli   R1 322 000
Maserati Ghibli S  R1 622 000  

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Article written by Sean Nurse
03.09.2015
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