Maserati Ghibli

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Maserati Ghibli
Maserati Ghibli WOI 08.jpg
Manufacturer Maserati
Production 1967–1973

The Maserati Ghibli is the name of three different cars produced by Italian manufacturer Maserati: the Maserati Ghibli I from 1966 to 1973, Maserati Ghibli II from 1992 to 1997, and Maserati Ghibli III from 2013 on.

Ghibli I (AM115)[edit]

Ghibli I
1967 Maserati Ghibli ORC3.jpg
Production 1967–1973
Assembly Modena, Italy
Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro at Ghia[1]
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupé
2-door spider
Layout FR layout
Engine 4.7 L V8
4.9 L V8
Transmission 5-speed ZF manual
3-speed automatic (to order)
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 1,650–1,770 kg (3,640–3,900 lb)
Successor Maserati Khamsin
Maserati Bora
Maserati Ghibli II

The original Ghibli I (Tipo 115) is a two-door, 2+2 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, then a coachbuilder at Ghia.

The car was powered by a front-placed quad-cam 310 bhp (230 kW) V8 engine. It had a 0-60 mph time of 6.8 seconds, a top speed of 154 mph (248 km/h) and was available with 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,[2] 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)

Maserati Ghibli Spider.

The convertible Ghibli Spider went into production in 1969. The slightly more powerful Ghibli SS (335 hp) was released in 1969. 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, 1,170 Coupes and 125 Spiders (including 25 Spider SS) were produced.

Model Engine Displacement Power Fuel system
Ghibli V8 DOHC 4719 cc 310 bhp (231 kW; 310 hp) four vertical twin Weber 40 DCNF/5 carburettors (42 DCNF/9 from 1969)
Ghibli SS V8 DOHC 4930 cc 335 bhp (250 kW; 335 hp) four vertical twin Weber 42 DCNF/11 carburettors

Ghibli II (AM336)[edit]

Ghibli II
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Production 1992–1997
Designer Marcello Gandini
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupé
Layout FR layout
Engine 2.0 L twin turbocharged V6
2.8 L twin turbocharged V6
Transmission 4-speed automatic (option)
5-speed manual
6-speed Getrag manual
Wheelbase 2,514 mm (99.0 in)
Length 4,223 mm (166.3 in)
Width 1,775 mm (69.9 in)
Height 1,300 mm (51 in)
Kerb weight 1,365–1,406 kg (3,009–3,100 lb)
Predecessor Maserati Racing
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 coupe was built for luxury as well as performance. The car featured a Connolly Leather interior with burl elm trim.

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.

At the time the Ghibli Cup had the highest ever per litre power output of any street legal car, surpassing the Bugatti EB110, and Jaguar XJ220.

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 (M157)[edit]

Ghibli III (M157)
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Production 2013-
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout FR layout
F4 layout
Engine 3.0 L twin turbocharged V6
3.0 L turbodiesel V6
Transmission 8-speed automatic
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, Dodge 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.


  1. ^ "Designer". Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  2. ^ "Ghibli - Maserati's fastest". Motor: pages 50–52. 13 January 1968. 

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