Ghibli I 
Maserati Ghibli II
|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 (3,400 lb)|
|Designer(s)||Giorgetto Giugiaro at Ghia|
The original Maserati Ghibli (Tipo 115) is a two-door, two-seater GT 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. So well regarded was the Ghibli Sports Car International named it number nine on its list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s.
The Ghibli's steel body, renowned for 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.
The convertible Ghibli Spyder went into production in 1969. The Spyders were relatively rare, and were outnumbered by the coupés by almost ten to one. 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 Spyders (including 25 Spyder 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|
Ghibli II 
|Successor||Maserati 3200 GT|
|Body style||2-door coupé|
|Engine||2.0 Twin-Turbo V6 DOHC
2.8 Twin-Turbo V6 DOHC
The Ghibli name was resurrected in 1992 with the release of the Maserati 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|
Ghibli III 
|Body style||4-door sedan|
|Engine||Twin turbo V6|
Fiat announced the Maserati Ghibli will be revived to slot below the Quattroporte to be a premium luxury E-segment car to compete against high-end versions of the Mercedes Benz E-Class and BMW 5-series. The 2014 Maserati 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 V8 in the performance model.
The first turbo-charged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine available on the Maserati Ghibli has 243kW (330hp) and 500Nm of torque, and is capable of accelerating to 100km/h 5.6 seconds.
The second turbo-charged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine available on the Maserati Ghibli S has 301kW (410hp) and 550Nm of torque, and is capable of accelerating to 100km/h 5.0 seconds and has a top speed of 285km/h (177 mph). (Q4 four wheel drive is available on this engine, although not in RHD 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 turbo-diesel. The engine develops 202kW (275hp) and a 600Nm of torque to deliver 0-100km/h acceleration in 6.3 seconds.
An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on all engines.
- "Designer". ajovalo.net. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
- "Ghibli - Maserati's fastest". Motor: pages 50–52. 13 January 1968.
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