- Maserati introduces two distinct trims, Ghibli GranLusso and Ghibli GranSport
- Exterior and interior feature trim-specific restyling
- Adaptive full LED headlights standard on both trims
- Upgraded engine available on Ghibli S and S Q4 versions
- Electric steering and new Advanced Driving Assistance Systems
THERE is a rare breed of company car driver that doesn’t follow the crowd. They look around at what others are driving and think, No! Those are the drivers most likely to end up behind the wheel of the new Maserati Ghibli.
The Ghibli was the star of the recent Chengdu Motor Show in China, with two new trim levels on show in the form of the GranLusso and GranSport. In the world of high-end executive saloons Maserati stands out from the crowd.
The Maserati Ghibli itself isn’t new but the latest versions have seen some updates. Each model has received a trim-specific restyling to accentuate either the elegant or sporty nature of the car. Maserati has worked on the whole car to improve the look and aerodynamic efficiency. Not that there was anything wrong with the look.
The Ghibli GranLusso emphasises luxury and elegance with an interior finished with Ermenegildo Zegna silk upholstery. Whatever that may be you can’t deny that driving a gorgeous Italian car that boasts silk upholstery is going to be a bit special.
The Ghibli GranSport reflects an astounding sporting heritage and offers a more aggressive exterior and what Maserati describe as “unique interior contents”. We like the sound of both of those things very much indeed.
Both models now have adaptive full LED headlights with improved high-beam, Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC), and Electric Power Steering (EPS). Essentially the IVC improves stability and handling while the ESP allows Maserati to offer an advanced driver aid package that includes lane keeping assist and the like.
Of much more interest is that both the Ghibli S and all-wheel-drive Ghibli S Q4 versions will carry an upgraded 3.0-litre V6 Twin Turbo Ferrari engine. The new engine has more horsepower and more torque than previous models. With 430bhp under your right foot 60mph will arrive in under five seconds and the top speed has increased to 177mph. The new Maserati Ghibli is very, very fast.
Maserati themselves say they “produce a complete range of unique cars with individual personalities which are instantly recognisable anywhere. Their style, technology and innately exclusive character, delight the most discerning, demanding tastes and remain an automotive industry benchmark.”
Discerning, that’s what you will be if you drive the new Maserati Ghibli.