The Maserati Ghibli is the name of three different cars produced by Italian manufacturer Maserati: first as the Maserati Ghibli I from 1966 to 1973, secondly as the Maserati Ghibli II from 1992 to 1997, and thirdly as the Maserati Ghibli III from 2013 onwards.
|Designer||Giorgetto Giugiaro at Ghia|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door coupé
|Engine||4.7 L V8
4.9 L V8
|Wheelbase||2,550 mm (100 in)|
|Length||4,700 mm (190 in)|
|Width||1,790 mm (70 in)|
|Height||1,160 mm (46 in)|
|Kerb weight||1,550 kg (3,420 lb)|
Maserati Ghibli II
The original Ghibli I (Tipo 115) is a two-door, two-seater grand tourer released by Maserati in 1967. The V8-powered Ghibli debuted at the 1966 Turin Motor Show and proved to be the most popular Maserati vehicle since the automaker withdrew from racing in the 1950s, outselling its two biggest rivals, the Ferrari Daytona and the Lamborghini Miura. American magazine Sports Car International named it number nine on its list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s.
The Ghibli's steel body, characterized by its low, shark-shaped nose, was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Giugiaro, who today heads his own company ItalDesign, worked at coachbuilder Ghia when he designed the Ghibli.
The car was powered by a front-placed quad-cam 330 hp (250 kW) V8 engine. It had a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 6.8 seconds, had a top speed of 154 mph (248 km/h) and could be operated by either a five-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission. Even by the standards of its time and class, the car consumed copious volumes of fuel, but Maserati fitted the car with two 50 L (13.2 US gal; 11.0 imp gal) fuel tanks, which could be filled via flaps on either side of the roof pillars. The car also featured pop-up headlamps, leather sport seats and alloy wheels. When leaving the factory the Ghibli originally fitted Pirelli Cinturato 205VR15 tyres (CN72)
The convertible Ghibli Spider went into production in 1969. The slightly more powerful Ghibli SS (335 hp) was released in 1970. The Ghibli went out of production in 1973 and found a successor the following year with the Bertone-designed Khamsin. SS-engined cars have additional /49 designation (ex. AM115/49).
In all, 1,150 Coupes and 125 Spiders (including 25 Spider SS) were produced.
|Ghibli||V8 DOHC||4719 cc||340 PS (250 kW; 335 hp)||4 pcs Weber 38DCNL carburetor|
|Ghibli SS||V8 DOHC||4930 cc||355 PS (261 kW; 350 hp)||4 pcs Weber 38DCNL carburetor|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door coupé|
|Engine||2.0 L twin turbocharged V6
2.8 L twin turbocharged V6
|Predecessor||Maserati Ghibli I|
|Successor||Maserati 3200 GT
Maserati Ghibli III
The Ghibli name was resurrected in 1992 with the release of the Ghibli II (Tipo 336). The Ghibli II appeared with updated Maserati Biturbo engines: a 2.0 litre V6, with the highest output, for the Italian and European markets and a 2.8 litre V6 for other countries, operated via a six-speed manual transmission (early 2.8 cars have a 5 speed manual) or 4 speed automatic. The two-door, four-seater coupé was similar in appearance to Maserati Shamal, as both were an evolution of the previous Biturbo coupe. The Ghibli shows its Biturbo heritage in the doors, interior, and basic bodyshell, which were carried over from the Biturbo.
In 1994, the car was revised. A refreshed interior, new wheels, a fully adjustable electronic suspension and ABS brakes were added. Another round of improvements resulted in the Ghibli GT in 1996. It was fitted with spoked alloy 17" wheels, and had suspension and transmission modifications.
The final year of production for the Ghibli II was 1997. It was replaced in the Maserati lineup by the 3200 GT the following year.
Several special edition models were produced by Maserati. The first was the Ghibli KS (Kit Sportivo), followed by the race version Ghibli Open Cup which featured improved power through roller-bearing turbos, a freer-flowing exhaust, and remapped fuel computers. The Cup also featured a toned-down carbon fiber-trimmed interior with aluminum pedals and a MOMO steering wheel, and the drivetrain included tweaked suspension and Brembo brakes. To celebrate the world speed record on water, Maserati made a further 60 special edition Ghiblis called the Ghibli Primatist, featuring bright blue paintwork and blue / turquoise leather.
The racing version Ghibli Open Cup is highly sought after by collectors today. In 1996, the car received a modification upgrade, resulting in similar track times to those of the Ferrari 355 Challenge. After the end of the 1995 racing season, several of the original 23 cars were used in national GT events.
|Model||Years||Engine||Displacement||Power||Top speed||Fuel system||Note||Units|
|Ghibli II 2.0||1992-97||V6 DOHC||1996 cc||310 PS (228 kW; 306 hp)||Top speed: 255 km/h (158.5 mph)||Fuel injection, twin turbo||Only Italy and Europe||1157|
|Ghibli II 2.8||1993-97||V6 DOHC||2790 cc||288 PS (212 kW; 284 hp)||Top speed: 250 km/h (155.4 mph)||Fuel injection, twin turbo||1063|
|Ghibli II Cup||1995||V6 DOHC||1996 cc||335 PS (246 kW; 330 hp)||Top speed: 270 km/h (168 mph)||Fuel injection, twin turbo||57|
|Ghibli II Primatist||1996-97||V6 DOHC||1996 cc||310 PS (228 kW; 306 hp)||Top speed: 255 km/h (158.5 mph)||Fuel injection, twin turbo||60|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door sedan|
|Engine||3.0 L twin turbocharged V6
3.0 L turbodiesel V6
|Wheelbase||2,998 mm (118.0 in)|
|Length||4,971 mm (195.7 in)|
|Width||1,945 mm (76.6 in)|
|Height||1,461 mm (57.5 in)|
|Predecessor||Maserati Ghibli II|
Fiat announced the Ghibli will be revived as the Ghibli III to slot below the Quattroporte to be a premium luxury E-segment car to compete against high-end versions of the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The 2014 Ghibli will debut the new corporate mid-size rear wheel drive platform architecture. The architecture will eventually be used under a future Alfa Romeo E-segment car, next generation Dodge Charger, Challenger and Chrysler 300 as well as the next generation Maserati GranTurismo coupe. The Ghibli will offer V6 petrol and diesel engines as well as a twin turbo Ferrari V6 in the performance model.
The first turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine available on the Ghibli has 330 hp (250 kW; 330 PS) and 500 N·m (369 lb·ft) of torque, and is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h 5.6 seconds.
The second turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine available on the Ghibli S has 410 hp (310 kW; 420 PS) and 550 N·m (406 lb·ft) of torque, and is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h 5.0 seconds and has a top speed of 285 km/h (177 mph). All wheel drive is available on this engine, although not in right hand drive markets.
The Ghibli will also become the first Maserati production car in history to be powered by a diesel engine, with a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel. The engine develops 275 hp (205 kW; 279 PS) and a 600 N·m (443 lb·ft) of torque to deliver 0–100 km/h acceleration in 6.3 seconds.
An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on all engines.
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- "Ghibli - Maserati's fastest". Motor: pages 50–52. 13 January 1968.
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