The word Ghibli is derived from African desert wind, and the Maserati Ghibli, the hot Italian sedan itself seems to be worthy of this title for its powerful engine with high acceleration and thrilling body. For the lovers of 5- series, A6 or E class exhausted by the similar upcoming trends, Meserati’s Ghibli 2014 is a powerful and luxurious alternative. Even after being a conventional sedan, the brands leadership’s and reviewers claim that Maserati Ghibli is going to give a tough competition to the competitors like BMW and Mercedes. This new model is based on the larger and earlier Maserati Quattroporte sedan which shares almost 50 percent of the technology with it.
So what do we have in Maserati Ghibli 2014?
From the help provided by the manufactures of Ferrari, Maserati Ghibli comes with a V6 engine built back at Ferrari’s factory in Italy. With the rear wheel drive 3.0 liter V6 engines provides 369 lb-ft of torque and 345 horsepower while the larger engine in Quattroporte provides 404 lb ft of torque and 404 horsepower. Approximately 4150 pounds, the car is likely to touch 60 mph in around 4.5 seconds and is likely to have the capacity to top 177 mph.
Both models of Ghibli offer an amazing speed of ZF 8- automatic transmission. Depending on the mood, Ghibli offers fuel saving and sport modes where you can shift from acceleration to fuel saving mode. According to the news, there are four models of Ghibli but only two are said to be coming to USA for now.
Styling and the body design of this car is thrilling and hard to resist. In the interior you find a beautiful cabin, smooth and fine leather with wood highlight and beautifully designed aluminum. The doors and the hood are made up of aluminum to manage weight. The seats are supportive and comfortable with an excellent inside ventilation system which makes the journey pleasant and relaxed. As compared to the other Italian cars, the new Maserati Ghibli comes with less compromise to the styling and body. However, some of the material used for dashboards and door trims are not of as good quality as compared to the other higher priced sedans.
When driving at a normal pace, the new Ghibli gives you a comfortable and calm drive, but it is when you try the sport mode that you discover what hot blooded car it is. From the sound to the smooth acceleration Maserati Ghibli a full sport car driver can be enjoyed with safe, strong and reliable braking system. The responsive suspension setup and the stiff chassis makes the use of aluminum body weight saving. The car has a good grip for rough and shaky areas; it gives you a smooth drive even on broken pavements. The latter minimizes the body roll; the comfort setting allowed the car to stay smooth on the bumps without affecting the sharp reflexes of the car.
Comparison With Other Competitors
The size of Ghibli with its almost 2 ton weight is very similar to that of its main competitors. Seating capacity is also similar to that of Audi, Mercedes and BMW. One amazing feature that none of new Ghibili’s competitors has is the mechanical rear differential which provides better grip on the turns, especially with high acceleration.
First of all the performance of this car is amazing. The sport drive is safe and reliable with efficient road grip and braking system. The comfort level of the interior is high. The body is made up of high quality material and is also weight saving. Overall a good value for price along with that it gives a good competition to the other competitive alternates like Audi 7 etc.
The stereo system is poor. The steering wheel seems to be a flop; it is rated to be a disappointment. Moreover the gear buttons could have been better to read.
The price although not confirmed is said to be something between $66,900- $70,000.
Overall, the car is a great value for money which allows the drivers to enjoy a true Italian experience with comfort and thrill. Although the back seats and the steering seem to be a disappointed, there is a lot more in the plate which makes Maserati Ghibli 2104 drive a great experience. The safety, engine, styling sport mode and the acceleration are too good.