The Maserati Ghibli comes up with an original design. The grille is inspired by the current GranTurismo and see the classic A6 GCS 50s. Is also kept up the rear pillar of the Trident badge, one of the main elements that the car owes its coupe, bearing the logo of the classic Maserati Lightning, perpetuating a tradition dating back to 1963. The side profile is dominated by the rib which extends from traditional outlets behind the front wheels to finish behind the rear lights.
Inside the Ghibli, the specific design of the dashboard in fact satisfies the desire of sportiness without sacrificing luxury. The Ghibli also combines sporty design with the typical spaciousness of an executive saloon. It is made according to a philosophy sportier than Maserati Quattroporte. It will be available with two V6 petrol engines supercharged 3.0-liter, eight-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive Q4 again.
The most powerful V6 engine will be the Ghibli S Twin Turbo, which delivers 301 kW (410 hp) of power at 5,500 rpm / min and 550 Nm of torque from just 1,750 rpm / min. This motor is mounted on either the rear-drive Ghibli on the Ghibli S Q4 four-wheel drive.
While delivering a power of 243 kW (330 hp) and 500 Nm of torque, the second V6 petrol engine 3.0-liter supercharged available for Ghibli makes record consumption of 9.6 litres/100 km. However, it is much more than a car fuel-efficient, it is able to accelerate to 100 km / h in just 5 “6.
Both engines with their parallel turbochargers were developed by in collaboration with Ferrari Maserati Powertrain Powertrain and will be built by Ferrari in Maranello.
Sharing much of the technology of the Quattroporte V8 3.8-liter, V6 engines make use of gasoline direct injection (200 bar pressure), two parallel low-inertia turbochargers and four continuous variable valve timing camshaft. This technology makes the Ghibli S V6, limited to 6,500 rev / min, still delivers 90% of its torque from less than 1,500 r / min.
The Maserati Ghibli will also become the first series ever to be equipped with a diesel engine: namely the 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel. The supercharged 3.0-liter V6 develops 202 kW (275 hp) of power and a torque of 600 Nm overwhelming, which ensure acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 6 “3. Its NEDC fuel consumption does not reach 6 , 0 liters per 100 km (less than 160g/km of CO2). For it will join also, for the Italian market, a version with a maximum power of 250 hp. We use the advanced common rail direct injection with an injection pressure of 2000 bar and also injectors with injection intervals reduced.’m so sure multiple sequential injections for high performance and responsiveness as well as cleaner emissions.
Each Maserati is instantly recognizable by the sound of its engine and, thanks to the new Active Sound Maserati Ghibli with the diesel engine is no exception. Two acoustic actuators, installed close to the exhaust pipes accentuate the distinctive tones of the engine and modulate them with precision according to the mode of driving the vehicle. When the driver presses the Sport button on the center tunnel, the sound becomes even more intense and exciting.
The Ghibli reveals an original character through the combination of a double wishbone front suspension and multilink rear suspension system with Skyhook active (optional), four-wheel drive arming, stable damping of the suspension and powerful braking system. And ‘the only car in its class to use a mechanical limited slip differential as standard in all its versions to ensure the best traction in all driving situations.
As in the Quattroporte, the body design is based on a safety cell in steel rigid and extremely safe, realized with different steel alloys and aluminum to ensure strength and minimum weight. The front part of the shell is made from a cast aluminum with a reinforced cross member to ensure a remarkable rigidity in all directions, while the rear part is made of laminated steel. The step of Ghibli is about 20 centimeters shorter than the Quattroporte (2.99 meters). The total length of the car is 4.97 meters, 29 cm less than the new Quattroporte.
The Ghibli S uses Dual cast brake discs vented and cross-drilled 360 mm x 32 mm ventilated disc brakes at the front and 350 mm x 28 mm at the rear. Fixed calipers Brembo six-piston front and four-piston units at the rear allow it to stop from 100 km / h at zero in just 36 meters. The Ghibli mounts tires and 18 “wheels while the Ghibli S models have 18” wheels with mixed tires with different widths between front and rear, the wheels 19 “, 20” and 21 “are available as an option.
The passive system leaves the front wheels until, when required to ensure the traction, intervene instantaneously. The architecture is based on an electronically controlled multi-plate wet clutch, installed in a transfer case attached to the front axle via a driveshaft. In case of loss of traction due to excessive speed in turns, sudden accelerations or very low grip on the rear axle, the system needs only 150 milliseconds to change from the distribution of 100% of drive to the rear wheels to a breakdown in the relationship 50: 50 between the axes. However, multilink rear suspension ensure that adherence to the Q4 rarely needs to send more than 35 per cent of drive to the front wheels.
It is also able to come back just as quickly to the rear-wheel drive, always ensuring the best possible grip without the traditional disadvantages of the four-wheel drive, ie, increased consumption and low reactivity. Maserati has developed its own algorithm for real time processing of huge amounts of vehicle parameters (such as wheel slippage, steering angle and yaw rate, power, speed, braking, ESP) as well as the grip of the wheels relative to the style of guide. Processing these data, the system can maximize grip Q4 dedicated to each wheel, thus ensuring optimal management of vehicle dynamics for any given road conditions and at all times. The Maserati Q4 four wheel drive system is available with the new V6 engine rated at 410 hp.