With the launch of 2014 Ghibli at Shanghai Motor Show, following the premiere of the new Quattroporte at the Detroit Auto Show held this year, the Italian auto car maker “Maserati” will have two 4-door saloons together for sale for the first time in history, which are built to deliver best performance and luxury.
The all new Ghibli is a driver focused model maintaining visible similarities with Quattroporte and will be taking on the likes of the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Both the Quattroporte and the Ghibli saloons produce two different power outputs from their turbo-charged V6 petrol.
At launch Ghibli will be available with two turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engines and an eight-speed automatic transmission.The base engine is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with power of 243 kW (330 hp) and 500 Nm of torque and can accelerate to 100km/h in just 5.6 seconds. It also delivers fuel economy figure of just 9.6 litres/100km (28.8 mpg). The most powerful of the V6s comes with the twin-turbo unit in the Ghibli S, which produces 301 kW (410 hp) of power at 5500 rpm and 550 Nm of torque from just 1750 rpm. The rear-wheel drive Ghibli S will reach 100km/h in 5 seconds flat and reduces that 0-62 time to just five seconds with a quoted top speed of 285 km/h (177 mph). Both of these powerful engines are developed by Maserati powertrain in partnership with Ferrari powertrain and will be built by Ferrari in its own construction facility in Maranello.
With the launch, the Ghibli will also mark its presence as being the first Maserati production car in history to be powered by a diesel engine, with a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel. The 3.0-litre turbo-charged V6 produces 275 horse power and 600Nm of torque to accelerate 0-100 km/h in just 6.3 seconds.
From the outside, Ghibli – the firm’s rival to BMW 5 series showcase a coupe philosophy for the 4-door Saloon/Sedan. Taking inspiration from the current GranTurismo and classic A6 GCS, the all new Ghibli has strong feline hints around the grille and headlights, maintains distinctive C-pillar treatment and is complimented with the classical Saetta Maserati logo. A swage line running from grille vents behind the front wheels and finishing in the rear lights is emphasized on the sides. The front of its chassis is made of aluminium casting, while rear of its chassis is made from rolled steel. Its overall length is 4.9 metres that is almost identical to the size of the current BMW 5 Series, along with three ground-breaking engines fitted into a wheelbase almost 20 cm shorter than the Quattroporte.
The Ghibli rides on 18-inch wheels and tyres, while the Ghibli S models ride on 18-inch staggered tyres. Besides it, 19-inch, 20-inch and 21-inch wheels are available as optional extras. The ambience of the car is equipped with advanced equipments and rich features such as sat nav and leather upholstery integrated with typical roominess of an executive saloon.
The Ghibli will be pivotal in Maserati’s growth plan to sell 50,000 cars per year. More information on prices and other specifications will be available once it arrives in China at the end of April.
Photos of 2014 Maserati Ghibli live from Shanghai Motor Show 2013
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