Maserati re-launches local operations with revised Ghibli
Having taken over the importation rights of Maserati models from Viglietti Motors earlier this year, Australian importer, European Automotive Imports South Africa, has announced pricing details of the re-launched Maserati Ghibli.
Slotting below the Quattroporte as the marque’s entry level offering, the Ghibli will initially be available with a choice two turbo petrol and one turbodiesel engines all connected to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission.
Said to draw inspiration from the trident shield’s A6 CGS of the 1950’s, the Ghibli uses a shortened version of the Quattroporte’s underpinnings with most of the body comprising of aluminium and lightweight steel.
Underneath its skin, the Ghibli uses a double wishbone front suspension layout with the rear utilising a five bar multi-link setup claimed to offer the perfect blend of luxury and sportiness. In addition, the Ghibli can also be specified with Maserati’s (optional) Skyhook system that allows for the independent damping of all four dampers.
Depending on the model and options list, spec includes in-car Wi-Fi, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system or 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins unit, a seven-inch TFT instrument display, 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment, Poltrona Frau leather, active auto/off headlights and electric bootlid.
Starting-off the range, the base Ghibli comes fitted with a new 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 that churns out 243 kW and 500 N.m of torque. Top speed is rated at 263 km/h with 0-100 km/h taking 5.6 secs. Maserati claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 8.9 L/100 km and emissions of 207 g/km.
Moving one up, the Ghibli S uses the same engine but fettled to produce 301 kW and 550 N.m of torque. Although a four-wheel drive Q4 variant of the S will be available in certain markets, South African models will be rear-wheel drive only.
Performance-wise, Maserati claims it will dispatch 0-100 km/h in 5.0 secs before topping out at 285 km/h. Fuel consumption is pegged at 9.6 L/100 km and emissions at 223 g/km.
Completing the range, the Ghibli diesel uses a heavily revised version of the same VM Motori sourced 3.0-litre V6 engine used in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300C, and is also the first of its kind in Maserati’s history.
Boasting common-rail direct injection, the engine churns out 202 kW and 600 N.m of torque allowing the Ghibli to dispatch 100 km/h in 6.3 secs and on to a top speed of 250 km/h. Combined fuel consumption comes in at 6.0 L/100 km and emissions at 158 g/km.
|Ghibli||243 kW / 500 N.m||R1 322 000|
|Ghibli S||301 kW / 550 N.m||R1 622 000|
|Ghibli Diesel||202 kW / 600 N.m||R1 370 000|
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