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7th May, 2014

Maserati has announced the details of the Australian line-up for the Ghibli model - possibly the most important new model in the Italian car maker’s 100 year history. The new Maserati Ghibli sedan range will arrive locally mid-year, taking Maserati into an entirely new price sector of the Australian market.

Glen Sealey, General Manager of Maserati Australia and New Zealand said “The Ghibli is smaller, shorter, lighter, more dynamic, less expensive and more economical than the flagship Quattroporte and, by providing Maserati with two four-door saloons in its range for the first time, it takes Maserati into a new market sector with significantly more sales potential. Clients in this sector will, for the first time, have access to Maserati exclusivity, style and performance – in short everything that has made Maserati an automotive legend.”

More than a smaller Quattroporte, the Ghibli is a new model in its own right and has a more-focussed, sportier and youthful philosophy than the Quattroporte, drawing on the driving involvement of brand’s sports and racing cars to provide a more visceral driving experience in a Maserati saloon.

“Given that the new Ghibli maintains all the style, performance and luxury, albeit with a new, more aggressive approach, the clearest indication that the Ghibli takes Maserati into an entirely new area of the market is the pricing,” explains Mr Sealey. “The new Maserati Ghibli, with an entry price point of $138,900 excluding statutory charges, dealer and delivery costs, is more than $100,000 below the previous Maserati entry point and, indeed, there is no overlap in pricing between Ghibli and Quattroporte, with range-topping Ghibli S priced at $169,900 excluding statutory charges, dealer and delivery costs.”

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Visually the Ghibli’s design team has styled a saloon that emphasises its dynamic driving characteristics through a more aggressive appearance, yet still maintained a visual links with other Maserati models.

The outline of the body reflects a traditional philosophy for a four-door saloon, while there are strong feline hints around the Ghibli’s grille and headlights. The grille takes its inspiration from the current Maserati sports car, the GranTurismo, and it can draw a line back to the classic 1950s A6 GCS.

The Ghibli’s most powerful model, the Ghibli S, has 301 kW (410 bhp) of power and races 0 to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds.

The more affordable V6 petrol engine variant not only has an impressive 243 kW (330 bhp) of power and 500 Nm of torque, but delivers a combined fuel consumption rating of 9.6 litres/100 km. But it is capable of accelerating 0 to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds. The flat torque curve makes this power unit particularly responsive, a feature of its performance further enhanced by the eight speed gearbox, and endows this variant of the Ghibli with particularly impressive pick-up from steady speeds in, for example, overtaking manoeuvres, and for powering out of corners.

The new Maserati Ghibli is also the first Maserati to offer diesel power, with a 3.0 litre turbo diesel delivering 202 kW and 600 Nm torque that ensures it can provide the exhilarating performance expected of a Maserati, with a zero to 100 km/h time of 6.3 seconds. Combined fuel consumption fuel figure rating is 5.9 litres per 100 km.

“With the choice of twin turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines, the Ghibli offers two driving experiences, different yet equally exhilarating and, therefore, what is expected of a Maserati,” explains Glen Sealey. “The petrol engines provide the traditional sports car performance of an advanced petrol engine across a wide rev-range, while the turbo diesel provides the effortless, unstoppable thrust of acceleration delivered by a wall of torque at low engine speeds. It is this driving experience that will lead a portion of customers to select the turbo diesel variant, with the added benefit of the range it offers between fill-ups – up to 1,100 km on open roads.”

The choice of a diesel Ghibli will not mean the loss of the characteristic engine sound that is so much part of Maserati ownership, with the ‘Maserati Active Sound’ system endowing the diesel engine with a sound and a character that makes it a clear 'player' in the Maserati line-up.

Compared with the larger Quattroporte, the Ghibli is just 50 kg lighter, 173 mm shorter in the wheelbase and 291 mm shorter overall. The Quattroporte has provided much of its 'under the skin' technology, including core architecture, chassis, suspension architecture, engines and LED headlight technology ensuring the new model has the levels of safety, NVH and technology from which to develop its own distinct characteristics.

The Ghibli maintains Maserati’s distinctive C-pillar treatment, which features the classical Saetta Maserati logo, carrying on a tradition dating back to 1963.

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The side profile is dominated by a swage line that runs from the traditional Maserati grille vents behind the front wheels and finishes in the rear lights themselves.

Inside, the Ghibli has a unique interior that reflects its core performance values, with a unique dashboard design and cockpit for the driver that perfectly matches its sportier and more youthful character without losing any of the luxury or spaciousness expected from Maserati.

The Ghibli, Ghibli Diesel and Ghibli S utilise an eight-speed automatic transmission to deliver their performance, providing seamless comfort with fast gear shifting for hard acceleration.

All Ghibli models deliver exquisite handling thanks to their perfectly balanced weight distribution, a double-wishbone front suspension and a state-of-the-art five-link rear suspension.

It also delivers new standards in quality in every area from design, development, fabrication and process controls. It is produced in a new plant that combines Maserati’s traditions of craftsmanship with cutting-edge technologies that are able to guarantee outstanding quality by controlling even the tiniest of details.

The Ghibli has entered the European E-segment sports premium market with a marked advantage in cabin craftsmanship and detailing, offering luxury features like the Maserati Touch Control screen,  reversing camera, Poltrona Frau leather interior and the 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, as well as WLAN-based WiFi and compatibility with many modern mobile phone systems.

Glen Sealey says “With the Ghibli, Maserati has not just brought its expertise and exclusivity to a new class in the market, it has produced a new type of Maserati, a true compact performance saloon that blends the excitement of its sports cars with luxury of its saloons in a new compact size.”

Maserati Ghibli prices*

The Maserati Ghibli will be released mid-year. Ghibli is priced* from $139,990*, the Ghibli Diesel from $138,900* and the Ghibli S from $169,900*.


* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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