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MASERATI GHIBLI SALOON SPECIAL EDITION

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A Maserati instead of a BMW 5 Series? That's the dilemma buyers are faced with the brand's Ghibli saloon, now improved. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

The Ghibl has proved to be a pivotal car for Maserati and it accounts for most of the marque's current global sales. It's been a case of putting all the corporate eggs in this one rather handsome basket. One that could hardly be more important. The Italian manufacturer wants to sell 50,000 cars per year going forward and this sleek Latin sports saloon remains crucial to that aim. Is this 'M157'-series model really up to it? Maserati loyalists will probably remember the Ghibli sportscar of the early 1990s. That 'AM336'-series car was fast, fun and more than slightly flawed, but was instrumental in repairing Maserati's reputation after some of the awful product decisions of the 1980s. Those with longer memories might even recall the brutal and beautiful Giugiaro-designed 'AM115'-series original of the 1960s. In short, the Ghibli badge is one with provenance. When going into battle with the likes of the BMW 5 Series and the Jaguar XF, Maserati needs all the help it can lay its hands on.

Driving Experience

The big news first. You can now buy a Maserati Hybrid. Yes, I know that sounds about as likely as a Ferrari pick-up truck but get over the initial shock and you'll realise that if trying to compete in the executive market in Europe, a brand would be utterly scotched without a good hybrid these days - and it'll compensate the folk who used to choose the 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel that is no longer available in this car. Whether the electrified Ghibli is a 'good' hybrid is a matter for debate. The electrification offered here is of the 'mild' 48-volt form, so it can't ever run without the aid of its 2.0-litre 330hp four cylinder engine. But said powerplant is decently rapid,particularly if you slot the drivetrain into its 'Sport' mode. The engine drives through the rear wheels only via an 8-speed ZF auto gearbox. You may well feel though, that a four cylinder powerplant, electrified or not, is insufficient to create the kind of charismatic appeal that a Maserato should have. If so, you'll start your search in the rear-driven petrol-only Ghibli portfolio with the V6 Ghibli Modena. Like the Hybrid, this derivative takes just under 6s to reach 62mph, on the way to a top speed in the region of 160mph - but it sounds far more appealing while it's doing it. The V6 is also available in an uprated 430hp state of tune in the Ghibli Modena S. Or, if you want this Maserati to have a properly charismatic growl, you'll need to stretch to the V8-powered Ghibli Trofeo at the very top of the range, which has 580hp, almost enough to give a BMW M5 a good seeing to.

Design and Build

The design team for the 'M157'-series third generation Ghibli worked under the auspices of Gio Ribotta, Maserati's exterior design manager, who points to styling cues from the brand's legendary Tipo 61 'Birdcage' model, although to be honest, they're lost on me. Think of the Ghibli as a truncated Quattroporte and you're not too far off the mark. It looks anything but a hall of mirrors aping of the elegant QP though and it has its own muscularity that distances itself from the executive car mainstream. It shares much the same drivetrain and suspension with its bigger brother and weight has been cut by building the doors and internal cross members from aluminium, with the dashboard structure constructed in magnesium. It shares the same drivelines and suspension, steel monocoque and production line as Maserati's larger model, but the Ghibli is a foot shorter, with very different coachwork. The suspension is as you'd expect with front double wishbones and a multilink rear, this time using electronically adjustable dampers all round. Drop inside and the interior feels and looks reassuringly expensive and well screwed together. Rear legroom and headroom isn't at all bad and there's even a big 500-litre boot. In case you were wondering, yes, you do get that iconic Maserati dash-mounted analogue clock. The information systems never feel quite as slick or as technologically dense as German and Japanese rivals, so if you want the latest in toy tech, you might find the Maserati wanting. If you prefer to make a dramatic entrance, however, there's really nothing to touch it.

Market and Model

The Ghibli has been positioned as a rival to the established full-Executive saloon segment elite but does it really square up competitively against them or is there a premium to pay for that badge? Prices open at around the £64,500 mark for the 330hp GT Hybrid version, which you might not think to be unreasonably given that something like a BMW 540i would be needed to properly compete. Allow a budget of just under £71,500 for the 350hp V6 Ghibli Modena - or around £83,500 for the V6 430hp Modena S. There's a big price jump though, to the top V8-powered Trofeo flagship model, which offers 580hp, sounds amazing but costs around £104,500. Standard equipment on all models includes 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, plus lovely quad exhaust tips. The interior meanwhile, features electrically powered and heated leather seats, wood trim and a punchy eight-speaker stereo system. There's also a mechanical limited slip differential and climate control with no fewer than 13 vents.

Cost of Ownership

Nobody buys a Maserati and expects it to offer tiny running costs but the Hybrid version of the Ghibli makes some very respectable WLTP numbers. Helped by its standard 48-volt mild hybrid system, this variant manages a combined cycle fuel economy figure of up to 33.3mpg - which is better than you might be expecting. True, this Italian saloon can't get anywhere close to the efficiency figures of diesel-powered rivals, but at least the figures are reasonably justifiable for your company accountant to swallow, as is the quoted CO2 best of 192g/km. Which isn't at all bad for a big car that will accelerate to 62mph in just 5.7 seconds. Naturally, the V6 petrol-powered models are a good deal thirstier, the 330hp Ghibli Modena consuming fuel at a combined cycle rate of 25.2mpg. For the Modena S, it's 25.0mpg. Don't awsk about the figures for the V8 Trofeo version.... Across the range, residual values will be the big ticket item, but such is the economy and cachet of the diesel model in particular that it might well perform very well indeed.

Summary

Maserati bet the family jewels on the Ghibli and still can't afford for it to fail. With this car, the company has staked the heritage and exclusivity of its famous trident badge and put its product right into the face of some of the most talented cars on the market. Does it square up? On a purely objective basis, you might wonder. Obvious rivals have, after all, been at it for too long, have too much in the way of development budget and have refined their wares to a finely honed edge. That said, the Ghibli isn't that far off their pace and is a formidable effort from Maserati. What's more, there's a bigger sense of occasion about this car that counts for a lot when buyers are forking out this sort of money. Prestige matters a whole lot and it's why BMW, Audi and Mercedes have been so successful. The Ghibli's not perfect of course. Its ride quality needs work and the infotainment systems feel a generation or two behind its key rivals. That said, it's a car that's impossible to dislike and has a charisma and appeal all of its own. Will it take Maserati where the company wants to go? We'll have to wait and see for that but if you were presented with the choice between a BMW 5 Series and a Maserati Ghibli, would you really be able to resist the lure of the Italian car? I know I couldn't.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Emissions
Emissions189.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed155mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 7" multifunction digital display cluster with on-board computer and driver information
  • Front and rear parking sensors with graphical display on central digital cluster
  • Instrument cluster dials in Maserati blue with white backlighting
  • Maserati dash mounted design specific clock
  • Maserati Touch Control + with 8.4" touch screen Nav, DAB radio, video player, SD card slot, USB/Aux-in, phone mirroring + bluetooth audio streaming
  • Service indicator
  • SIRI smart personal assistant
  • Speed sensitive variable PAS
  • Sport mode setting via sport button with affecting gear change, accelerator response, MSP system
  • Start/stop system
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • Bowers and Wilkins premium surround systems (1280W) with 15 speakers

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive full LED headlights with glare free matrix high beam
  • Anti pinch sensor for windows
  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlamp activation
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Branded valve cover kit
  • Chrome line exterior
  • Demist sensor
  • Electric glass tilt and slide sunroof
  • Electrically adjust/folding heated door mirrors
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Front grille with chromed frame and bars
  • Heated rear window
  • Laminated front glass with high thermal and noise insulation
  • Laminated rear glass with high thermal and noise insulation
  • LED tailgate and third stop light integrated into rear window
  • Maserati active sound system
  • Ornamental side grilles in black
  • Rain sensor
  • Rear privacy glass and rear side windows
  • Twin, dual pipe exhaust system in chrome plated stainless steel
  • Unique exterior paint
  • Zegna indoor car cover

Interior Features

  • 60/40 split rear bench seat
  • 8 way electrically adjustable front sports seats + 4 way adjustable lumbar support with driver side two memory
  • Boot lateral cargo net and 12V socket
  • Driver and passenger sunvisor with mirror and courtesy light
  • Dual zone automatic climate control with 13 air outlets (4 rear)
  • Fabric headlining trim
  • Front and rear head restraints with Trident logo
  • Front armrest with twin mechanical opening, with illuminated storage compartment, air conditioned, 12V socket and 2 cup holders
  • Front/rear courtesy lights
  • Glovebox
  • Heated front seats
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Soft close doors
  • Unique royale interior badge
  • Velour floormats
  • Zegna Pelletessuta leather upholstery

Packs

  • Cold weather pack - Ghibli Royale
  • Driver assistance plus pack - Ghibli Royale
  • Premium pack - Ghibli Royale

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Brake calipers in silver
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags, side, window and driver knee airbags
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters, rear seatbelts with load limiters
  • Hill hold control
  • Increased Control and Efficiency (I.C.E)
  • Maserati stability programme, Acceleration slip regulation, Anti braking system, electronic brake distribution and motor slip regulation
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system with pressure displayed with central digital cluster
  • Ventilated brakes cross drilled discs with dual cast, 360mm with 6 piston fixed callipers at front and 345mm with 4 piston fixed callipers at rear

Security

  • Aluminium key fob, with key-less entry and key-less go function with (lock/unlock button, boot opening and exterior light on)
  • Maserati NavTrak vehicle tracking system with Automatic Driver Recognition and Remote Inhibition
  • Perimetric and volumetric anti theft alarm with electronic immobiliser
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • High double wishbone front suspension with 5 arm multi link rear suspension
  • Mechanical limited slip differential
  • ZF 8 speed automatic transmission with tip up/down function from gear knob and fully manual mode

Trim

  • High gloss ebano wood interior trim

Wheels

  • 21" Titano design alloy wheels
  • Fix and go tyre sealing compound and electric air compressor

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    189
  • HC
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    216
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    203
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    203
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    188
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
    188
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
    176
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
    307
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
    290
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
    223
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
    210

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    QUAD CAM
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2987
  • Compression Ratio
    16.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    V6
  • Cylinders
    6
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    92
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    24
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    11.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    11.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    34
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    24.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    25.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    35.5

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    3.0
  • Badge Power
    275
  • Based On ID
    82449
  • Coin Description
    V6d
  • Coin Series
    Royale
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    50E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    4
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    12500
  • Special Edition
    Yes
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    6.3
  • Engine Power - BHP
    275
  • Engine Power - KW
    202
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    443
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    61.2
  • Engine Torque - NM
    600
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2000
  • Top Speed
    155

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    Second Act

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    245/35 R21
  • Tyre Size Rear
    285/30 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    TITANO
  • Wheel Type
    21" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1461
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4971
  • Wheelbase
    2998
  • Width
    1945
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2128

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    70
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    500
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1875
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.7
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