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The Maserati Ghibli (M157) is an executive car produced by Italian automobile manufacturer Maserati since 2013.[2] The car was unveiled to the public at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show.[3]

Maserati Ghibli (M157)
Maserati Ghibli M157 Gold.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerMaserati
Production2013–present
AssemblyItaly: Grugliasco, Turin ("Avv. Giovanni Agnelli" plant)
DesignerCentro Stile Maserati under Marco Tencone
Body and chassis
ClassExecutive car (E)
Body style4-door saloon
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive /four-wheel-drive
PlatformMaserati M156
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission8-speed ZF 8HP70 automatic [1]
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,998 mm (118.0 in)
Length4,971 mm (195.7 in)
Width1,945 mm (76.6 in)
Height1,461 mm (57.5 in)
Kerb weight1,810–1,875 kg (3,990.4–4,133.7 lb)

Contents

OverviewEdit

 
Ghibli S Q4

The Ghibli marks Maserati's comeback in the mid-size luxury 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 target of 50,000 units by 2015, expanding its lineup to cover all segments in the luxury car market.[4] Assembly of the Ghibli takes place alongside that of the Quattroporte VI at the new Giovanni Agnelli Plant in Grugliasco near Turin, Italy.

Concept carsEdit

Ghibli Zegna Edition ConceptEdit

 
Ghibli Zegna Edition

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]

VariantsEdit

GhibliEdit

The Ghibli was introduced at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show and marked Maserati's entry into the mid-size executive car market as being positioned below the Quattroporte. The Ghibli is the first car to be underpinned by the Maserati M156 platform and was the company's best seller until the Levante crossover SUV was launched. The company sold 6,000 units of the car in its first year into the market, which alone exceeded the best sales figures for Maserati for 2008, which was 9,000 cars sold in total of different models. The number increased to 22,500 in 2013 and 36,448 in 2014. It continued to increase in 2015 due to the delay in the Levante's launch.

The Ghibli also marks the return of the name in the US market as the Biturbo based Ghibli (AM336) was not available for sale there.

The diesel engine in the Ghibli was developed under Ferrari's engine specialist Paulo Martinelli which is the based on the same V6 diesel unit found in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The engine is exclusive to the European market only. A ZF 8HP transmission powers the rear wheels as used by all the major competition except Mercedes-Benz.

The Ghibli, which is based on a shorter wheelbase than the flagship Quattroporte, uses a steel monocoque chassis with additional subframes with the front subframe made of aluminium. Tested weight distribution for the diesel version stands at 51/46 front/rear.

Both the Ghibli and the Quattroporte share the same suspension although the Skyhook suspension is optional on the former. From the 2018 model year the Ghibli comes in two trims, namely GranSport and GranLusso, all of which relate to the interior of the car with the GranSport trim featuring an aggressive front bumper.

The interior of the car shares some parts with other Chrysler vehicles. The Uconnect infotainment system is from the Dodge Charger, the window switches come from the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the light switches and the steering column stock are shared with the discontinued Chrysler Town & Country. Buyers have different leather upholstery for the interior to choose from. A faux-suede headliner, a premium Bowers and Wilkins sound system and wood interior inserts and steering wheel are available as an option.[6]

Safety features and amenities include adaptive cruise control, adaptive LED headlights supplied by Magnetti Marelli, lane keep assist, steering assist and brake force assist. The car received a five-star crash test rating from NCAP due to these features.[7][8][9]

Ghibli SEdit

The S is a high-performance variant of the Ghibli boasting power output and performance improvements. It was initially powered by a 410 PS (404 hp; 302 kW) version of the twin-turbocharged V6 engine used in the Ghibli but was uprated at 430 PS (424 hp; 316 kW) in 2017. Despite the similarities to the Alfa Romeo V6 engine, which is also manufactured by Ferrari, the engine is not related to the Alfa Romeo engine as it is a 60-degree V6 rather than a 90-degree unit. The same unit is also used by the high performance version of the Levante SUV as well as some Quattroporte models.

The Ghibli S was initially equipped with a hydraulic power steering which was changed to an electric power steering when the Ghibli range received updates. It also benefits from the same safety features as the base Ghibli.[9]

Ghibli Neiman MarcusEdit

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.[10]

SpecificationsEdit

Maserati Ghibli with the GranLusso trim (post 2018 update)

The Maserati Ghibli shares the architecture of the sixth-generation of the Maserati Quattroporte, but sits on a 200 mm (7.9 in) shorter wheelbase for a 290 mm (11.4 in) shorter overall length. Suspension is a double wishbone unit at the front axle and 5-link multilink unit at the rear axle; Maserati's Skyhook adaptive damping system is optional. All Ghibli models employ a ZF 8-speed 8HP automatic transmission and a rear limited slip differential.[3] The braking system uses vented discs on all four corners, four-piston callipers at the front and floating callipers at the rear; the S models come with larger cross-drilled dual-cast rotors, six-piston callipers at the front and four-piston calipers at the rear. Ghibli's original exterior design produced a drag coefficient of Cd=0.31, value later bested by a recent restyle at Cd=0.29.[11]

EnginesEdit

 
Engine bay of a Ghibli

From launch, the Ghibli is available with a choice of two petrol and one diesel engines: a 3.0-litre 330 PS (243 kW; 325 hp) twin-turbocharged V6 in the base Ghibli models, a 410 PS (302 kW; 404 hp) twin-turbocharged V6 in the high performance Ghiblii S or Ghibli S Q4 (all wheel drive version, which is only available with this engine), or a 275 PS (202 kW; 271 hp) 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel in the Ghibli Diesel.[3][12]

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. In 2018 the Ghibli S and S Q4 were upgraded to 424 hp (316 kW) and 428 lb⋅ft (580 N⋅m) of torque.

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 turbocharged 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 (184 kW; 247 hp).

Model Engine Max power Torque Drive Top speed 0–100 km/h
0–62 mph (seconds)
Emissions CO
2
Years
Ghibli 2,979 cc twin-turbocharged V6 petrol 330 PS (243 kW; 325 hp) at 5,000 rpm 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft) between 1,750–4,500 rpm RWD 263 km/h (163 mph) 5.6 223* -207 g/km 2013–2015
Ghibli 2,979 cc twin-turbocharged V6 petrol 350 PS (257 kW; 345 bhp) at 5,000 rpm 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft) between 1,750–4,500 rpm RWD 267 km/h (166 mph) 5.5 255 - 257 g/km 2016–present
Ghibli S 2,979 cc twin-turbocharged V6 petrol 410 PS (302 kW; 404 bhp) at 5,500 rpm 550 N⋅m (406 lb⋅ft) between 1,750–5,000 rpm RWD 285 km/h (177 mph) 5 243 g/km 2013–2017
Ghibli S 2,979 cc twin-turbocharged V6 petrol 430 PS (316 kW; 424 hp) at 5,750 rpm 580 N⋅m (428 lb⋅ft) between 2,250–4,000 rpm RWD 286 km/h (178 mph) 4.9 223 g/km 2018–present
Ghibli S Q4 2,979 cc twin-turbocharged V6 petrol 410 PS (302 kW; 404 hp) at 5,500 rpm 550 N⋅m (406 lb⋅ft) between 1,750–5,000 rpm AWD 284 km/h (176 mph) 4.8 246 g/km 2013–2017
Ghibli S Q4 2,979 cc twin-turbocharged V6 petrol 430 PS (316 kW; 424 hp) at 5,750 rpm 580 N⋅m (428 lb⋅ft) between 2,250–4,000 rpm AWD 286 km/h (178 mph) 4.7 275 - 278 g/km 2018–present
Ghibli Diesel** 2,987 cc turbo-diesel V6 250 PS (184 kW; 247 bhp) at 4,000 rpm 570 N⋅m (420 lb⋅ft) between 2,000–2,600 rpm RWD 240 km/h (149 mph) 6.7 184 g/km 2013–present
Ghibli Diesel 2,987 cc turbo-diesel V6 275 PS (202 kW; 271 bhp) at 4,000 rpm 570 N⋅m (420 lb⋅ft) between 2,000–2,600 rpm RWD 250 km/h (155 mph) 6.3 184 g/km 2013–2015
Ghibli Diesel 2,987 cc turbo-diesel V6 275 PS (202 kW; 271 bhp) at 4,000 rpm 600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft) between 2,000–2,600 rpm RWD 250 km/h (155 mph) 6.3 184 - 198 g/km 2016–present
* Euro 5, ** Italian market only

Q4 all-wheel drive systemEdit

The high performance 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 kg (130 lb) to the weight of the car, with no change in gas mileage or weight distribution. All-wheel-drive Maserati vehicles make up 70 percent of the company's sedan sales in the United States. The powertrain is the same as that in the Quattroporte VI (Q4).[13]

SafetyEdit

Euro NCAP test results
Maserati Ghibli (2013)[14]
Test Points %
Overall:      
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.[15]

MarketingEdit

In the United States, the Ghibli was used in a commercial during Super Bowl XLVIII called "Strike", which aired on 2 February 2014.[16] 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.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Technology". Official Maserati Ghibli website. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  2. ^ English, Andrew (27 June 2013). "Maserati Ghibli review". The Daily Telegraph.
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  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. ^ Dorian, Drew (March 2019). "Maserati Ghibli". Car and Driver. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  7. ^ Prior, Matt. "Maserati Ghibli design & styling". Autocar. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  8. ^ "Buyer's Guide Maserati Ghibli". Motor Trend. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  9. ^ a b Stuttcliffe, Steve (2017-11-16). "New Maserati Ghibli S review". Evo. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  10. ^ "100th Anniversary Maserati Ghibli stars in the 2014 Neiman Marcus catalog". autoblog.com. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  11. ^ "Maserati Ghibli MY19 Press Kit". media.maserati.com. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Maserati Ghibli 2013". Auto Express. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  13. ^ Carey, John (3 March 2014). "Finding traction". Autoweek. 64 (6): 24–27. ISSN 0192-9674.
  14. ^ "Euro NCAP results for Maserati Ghibli" (PDF). euroncap.com. 2013.
  15. ^ "2014 Maserati Ghibli". iihs.org. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  16. ^ "This Epic Maserati Ghibli Commercial Just Won The Super Bowl". Jalopnik. 2 February 2014.
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