Maserati is unveiling its latest addition to its range of cars at the Shanghai Motor Show as part of its bid to sell 50,000 vehicles annually. The carmaker introduced its latest model that follows up the all-new V8 and V6 Quattroporte models, the all-new Ghibli. The Ghibli is Maserati’s first-ever mid-size four-door luxury sports saloon, boasting of an awesome performance coming from its turbo-charged V6 petrol engine.
Maserati will also offer a diesel version of the all-new Ghibli, making the luxury sports saloon its first-ever diesel model. The Ghibli’s turbo-diesel 3.0-litre V6, developed by Maserati engineers supervised by Scuderia Ferrari former Chief Motorist Paolo Martinelli, boasts of being more than able to provide impressive performance, but only consumes less than six liters of fuel per 100 km (more than 47 mpg) on the NEDC fuel economy cycle. The V6 engine also returns 160 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer traveled on the combined cycle.
The Ghibli features a design that underlines its dynamic driving attributes while providing a more aggressive visual exterior look. The grille of this four-door sports saloon is inspired by the current GranTurismo.
To distinguish the Ghibli from the Quattroporte, Maserati fitted the former with a dashboard design that would satisfy a buyer’s lust for a sportier and youthful experience, without cutting off any luxurious features expected from a Maserati. The Ghibli boasts of having a more-focused, sportier philosophy than the larger Quattroporte. The Ghibli will be powered by any of two available 3.0-litre V6 petrol engines paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Ghibli S will be powered by the V6 provides 301kW (410hp) of output at 5500rpm and 550Nm of torque from just 1750rpm. The rear-wheel drive Ghibli S could accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 5 seconds and reach a top speed of 285km/h (177 mph). Maserati is also unveiling at Shanghai Motor Show a new version of the Quattroporte. This version is powered by a V6 engine that could provide up to 330 Hp (243kW) and is particularly conceived and developed for the Chinese market.
Looking at the Ghibli’s chassis, it is clear that its core architecture is the same as that of the Quattroporte. Maserati buyers have been known to have strict demands when it comes to comfort and performance and the chassis has been designed to meet all of these. It was also designed to meet all potential safety regulations. Established with the idea of having a secure and rigid steel safety cell, the chassis utilizes a wide range of different aluminum and steel alloys.
Each of the components was intended to serve specific tasks like minimizing the weight and maximizing the strength. It also helps this sports saloon, especially for the rear-drive models, to have that perfect weight distribution of 50:50. Founded on the aluminum casting, the front section of this chassis comes with a reinforced cross-strut and thus allows it to offer exceptional rigidity no matter what the direction is.
Meanwhile, the rear portion is composed of rolled steel. While the Ghibli does have similarities to the Quattroporte, it comes with its own unique character, due to various factors. This includes the strong braking system, firm suspension damping, and part-time all-wheel drive. Helping as well is the double-wishbone suspension for the front with the advanced multi-link suspension for the rear.
The rear suspension in particular has the Skyhook active system as an option. As already mentioned, the design of the Ghibli’s chassis is much like that of the Quattroporte. Based on the secure and rigid safety steel cell, the design also uses a host of various alloys, be it aluminum or steel.
This ensures the weight is minimized while being able to offer precise strengths. The rear of this chassis is clearly composed of rolled steel. For the front section, it is based on aluminum casting showing reinforced cross-strut resulting in excellent rigidity regardless of the direction.