Maserati Ghibli (M157)

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Maserati Ghibli (M157)
2014 Maserati Ghibli III Q4 fR.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Maserati
Production 2013–present
Assembly Italy: "Avv. Giovanni Agnelli" plant, Grugliasco, Turin
Designer Centro Stile Maserati under Marco Tencone
Body and chassis
Class Executive car
Body style 4-door saloon
Layout
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission 8-speed ZF 8HP automatic [1]
Dimensions
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)
Kerb weight 1,810–1,870 kg (3,990.4–4,122.6 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Maserati 430

The Maserati Ghibli is a luxury executive saloon produced by Italian car manufacturer Maserati since 2013.[2] The car was unveiled to the public at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show.[3]

Overview[edit]

The Ghibli marks Maserati's comeback in the luxury executive car segment after two decades of absence, since the last of the Biturbo family saloons went out of production in 1994; it is a key model in Maserati's plan of reaching a production of 50,000 units by 2015, expanding its lineup to cover all segments in the luxury car market.[4] Assembly takes place alongside that of the Quattroporte VI at the new Giovanni Agnelli Plant in Grugliasco near Turin.

Concept cars[edit]

Ghibli Zegna Edition Concept[edit]

At the 2014 Paris Motor Show Maserati presented the Ghibli Zegna Edition Concept, a concept car previewing the marque's second collaboration with Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna after the Quattroporte Zegna limited edition. The cabin is upholstered in Poltrona Frau leather and anthracite Zegna silk fabric; the exterior features triple-layer "Azzurro Astro" paint and special "Liquid Silver" 20 inch wheels. The concept car is based on a Ghibli S Q4.[5]

Variants[edit]

From launch the Ghibli was available with a choice of three engines: a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo 330 PS (243 kW; 325 bhp) in the base Ghibli, a 410 PS (302 kW; 404 bhp) petrol in the Ghibli S or Ghibli S Q4 (all wheel drive version, which is only available with this engine), or a 270 PS (199 kW; 266 bhp) 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel in the Ghibli Diesel.[3][6]

Ghibli Neiman Marcus[edit]

In occasion of Maserati's centenary, the limited edition Maserati 100th Anniversary Neiman Marcus Ghibli S Q4 is the luxury car included in the 2014 edition of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book gift catalogue. It is distinguished by Grigio Maratea paint over a Cuoio tan leather interior, forged multi-spoke wheels and black grille surround. The allotment is limited to 100 units, each priced at $95,000.[7]

Specifications[edit]

The Maserati Ghibli shares the architecture of the sixth-generation Maserati Quattroporte, but sits on a 20 cm (7.9 in) shorter wheelbase for a 29 cm (11.4 in) shorter overall length. Suspension is by double wishbones at the front and 5-link multilink at the rear axle; Maserati's Skyhook adaptive damping system is optional. All Ghibli models employ a ZF 8HP 8-speed automatic transmission and a rear limited slip differential.[3] Power steering is hydraulic. The braking system uses vented discs on all four corners, four-pot callipers at the front and floating callipers at the rear; S models come with larger cross-drilled dual-cast rotors, six-pot callipers at the front and four-pot at the rear.

Engines[edit]

The petrol engine is a 2,979 cc (182 cu in) 60° V6. It utilizes a turbocharger per cylinder bank, twin intercoolers and direct injection. The engine is designed and assembled by Ferrari; specifically, the engine blocks are cast and machined to Ferrari's specifications respectively in Chrysler's Kokomo, Indiana and Trenton Engine Plant, then shipped to Modena, Italy for assembly by Ferrari.[8]

The Ghibli is the first Maserati in history to be offered with a diesel engine. The unit is a 2,987 cc (182 cu in), common rail, single variable-geometry turbo A630 V6 designed and produced by Fiat Powertrain's subsidiary VM Motori. On the Italian market only a slightly detuned diesel version is also available at the same price, because of the higher taxation on cars with more than 250 PS.

Model Engine Max power Torque Drive Top speed 0–100 km/h
0–62 mph
Emissions CO2
Ghibli 2,979 cc V6 Twin Turbo petrol 330 PS (243 kW; 325 bhp) at 5000 rpm 500 N·m (369 lb·ft) between 1750–4500 rpm RWD 263 km/h (163 mph) 5.6 s 223 g/km
Ghibli S 2,979 cc V6 Twin Turbo petrol 410 PS (302 kW; 404 bhp) at 5500 rpm 550 N·m (406 lb·ft) between 1750–5000 rpm RWD 285 km/h (177 mph) 5 s 243 g/km
Ghibli S Q4 2,979 cc V6 Twin Turbo petrol 410 PS (302 kW; 404 bhp) at 5500 rpm 550 N·m (406 lb·ft) between 1750–5000 rpm AWD 284 km/h (176 mph) 4.8 s 246 g/km
Ghibli Diesel* 2,987 cc V6 Turbo diesel 250 PS (184 kW; 247 bhp) at 4000 rpm 570 N·m (420 lb·ft) between 2000–2600 rpm RWD 240 km/h (149 mph) 6.7 s 184 g/km
Ghibli Diesel 2,987 cc V6 Turbo diesel 270 PS (199 kW; 266 bhp) at 4000 rpm 570 N·m (420 lb·ft) between 2000–2600 rpm RWD 250 km/h (155 mph) 6.3 s 184 g/km
* Italian market only

Q4 all-wheel drive system[edit]

Rear view of a Ghibli S Q4 (US)

The sportiest S version of the Ghibli is also available with all-wheel drive. Attached to the end of the 8-speed transmission is a transfer case, containing an electronically controlled multi-plate wet clutch, which sends power through a drive shaft to an open differential bolted to the oil pan. During normal operation the car is rear-wheel drive only; when needed the system can divert up of 50% of engine power to the front wheels.[3] The system adds 59 kilograms (130 lb) to the vehicle, with no change in gas mileage or weight distribution. AWD Maseratis make up 70 percent of the company's sedan sales in the United States. The powertrain is the same as that in the Quattroporte Q4.[9]

Safety[edit]

Euro NCAP test results
Maserati Ghibli (2013)[10]
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 34 95%
Child occupant: 39 79%
Pedestrian: 27 74%
Safety assist: 7 81%

The Maserati Ghibli passed the Euro NCAP car safety tests in 2013, receiving a five-star rating.

In 2013 the US-specification 2014 Maserati Ghibli was tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, receiving "Good" rating in all four tests (moderate overlap front impact, side impact, roof strength, head restraints and seats); it therefore qualified for the 2013 Top Safety Pick.[11]

Marketing[edit]

In the United States, the Ghibli was used in a commercial during Super Bowl XLVIII called "Strike", which aired on 2 February 2014. This marked the first time that Maserati aired an ad in the United States, which is part of Fiat Chrysler's promotional push to expand its brands in North America, as it prepared to sell the Ghibli there in the first quarter of 2014.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Technology". Official Maserati Ghibli website. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  2. ^ English, Andrew (27 June 2013). "Maserati Ghibli review". The Daily Telegraph. 
  3. ^ a b c d "2014 Maserati Ghibli snarls in Shanghai". autoblog.com. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "2014 Maserati Ghibli: It really is a baby Quattroporte.". Car & Driver. April 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "World debut for the Ghibli Ermenegildo Zegna Edition Concept at Paris Motor Show". Maserati official website. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Maserati Ghibli 2013". Auto Express. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "100th Anniversary Maserati Ghibli stars in the 2014 Neiman Marcus catalog". autoblog.com. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Maserati's secret: Chrysler makes its engine blocks". Automotive News. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Carey, John (3 March 2014). "Finding traction". Autoweek 64 (6): 24–27. ISSN 0192-9674. 
  10. ^ "Euro NCAP results for Maserati Ghibli" (PDF). euroncap.com. 2013. 
  11. ^ "2014 Maserati Ghibli". iihs.org. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Maserati introduces Ghibli to Americans in Super Bowl spot". autoblog.com. 3 February 2014. 

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