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Maserati resurrects iconic Ghibli nameplate

New Ghibli is a mid-sized four-door luxury sedan with a twin-turbo engine

Published: July 25, 2013, 4:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:07 PM

Maserati Ghibli

For the second time in its history, Maserati has resurrected the iconic Ghibli nameplate and applied it to a car diametrically different from that of its namesake.

This time, it's affixed to a mid-sized four-door luxury sedan, in the mold of the brand's flagship Quattroporte model but on a smaller scale.

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The original Ghibli, introduced as a 1967 model, was a sleek front-engined GT coupe, joined later by a convertible, which competed directly and successfully with the Ferrari Daytona and Lamborghini Miura.

That original Miura ceased production in 1973, but remains a favourite among sports car fans in general and Maserati aficionados in particular.

The name was first pulled out of the archive in 1992 for use on the Ghibli II – a boxy four-passenger coupe derived from the Maserati Biturbo. It succumbed in 1997, along with a GT variant.

Four-door Ghibli

The latest repository for the evocative name – one of many Maserati names that paid homage to famous winds – is the company's first entry iton the so-called luxury E-segment, which is epitomized by upper-echelon BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class models.

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Accentuating its global ambitions, the new Ghibli was unveiled at this year's Shanghai Motor Show. It will be one of the cornerstones of Maserati’s drive to increase production and sales volumes to 50,000 cars a year by 2015.

For the first time in its history, the company will now have two sedans in its lineup at the same time. The Ghibli will be smaller, shorter, lighter, more dynamic, less expensive and

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more economical than the prestigious Quattroporte model.

With a 410-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V-6 gasoline engine in the Ghibli S, it is said to scoot from 0-to-100 km/h in 5.0 seconds and achieve a top speed of 285 km/h (285km/h).

Standard in the base Ghibli model will be a 330 horsepower version of the same twin-turbo V-6. In some markets, a turbo-diesel V-6 engine will also be offered and it will be the first Maserati with auto Start-Stop technology. All models feature an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Shared architecture

The new Ghibli shares much of its core architecture, including its crash safety, chassis, suspension architecture, engines and LED headlight technology, with the larger Quattroporte, though it is 50 kg lighter, 173 mm shorter in

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wheelbase and 291 mm shorter overall.

A double-wishbone front suspension and a five-link rear suspension keep it planted on the road and it now offers the added security and all-weather assurance of all-wheel drive as well.

Stylistically, the Ghibli incorporates a coupe-like profile for the four-door sedan, while maintaining Maserati’s distinctive C-pillar treatment . The grille design takes inspiration from the current

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GranTurismo and draws a line back to classic Maseratis of the1950s.

Inside, the Ghibli adopts a unique instrument panel design that reflects a sportier and more youthful character than the Quattroporte without sacrificing in luxury.

In summary, the Ghibli offers most of the Quattroporte’s qualities in a more dynamic, and more affordable package.