Velvet-wrapped Maserati Ghibli is a real treat

Article by Christian A., on December 1, 2016

When Maserati released the new Levante, the brand had hoped it would start a new chapter in its rebirth. That plan did not go as expected though as when it comes to the rich and famous, the SUV of choice remains to be the Porsche Cayenne. Even then, there is a good alternative that can be found in the Maserati‘s lineup and this is the Ghibli.

At its core, the Ghibli is what everyone is likely to expect from a sports sedan. This is true even if Maserati has yet to come up with a hardcore version of this model. It comes with high-tech features that take luxury to new levels. The interior shows excellent craftsmanship while the exterior has a modern design that retains a classic appeal. No wonder that even when put alongside some German models that claim to be spirited, the Ghibli remains to be a cut above the rest.

Unlike the Ghibli, the other models are like some of those social media celebrities in that they may believe they have the acting chops but are hesitant to get out of the social media platform.

Certain car enthusiasts have long wondered why some celebrity wannabes continue to attend car shows, especially when wrap cars are put on display. There are those who say that this particular trend may have started back in London when all eyes were focused on the Ferrari 599 GTB and the Rolls-Royce. One passion of many fans is known as supercar spotting though there are those who claim that such an activity is no longer in fashion. This is true in many places like Monaco where one would have readily seen a Renault Twizy.

Still, seeing a Ghibli wrapped in velvet continues to be a treat. To the credit of those who worked on the velvet wrap, they managed to make the material have enough malleability to allow it to be curved on the body panels. Even then, the material is durable as well to hold out against the weather.

As a midsize luxury car, the Ghibli is based on the platform of the flagship Quattroporte. For those not familiar with the latter model, just imagine a BMW 5-Series but with an Italian feel to it. One can even say that it is specifically similar to a 530d considering the sound of the diesel powered engine. In terms of actual figures, the 3.0-liter V6 engine comes with a single turbo and is able to deliver 275 horsepower.

For those who prefer a version that is gasoline-powered, there is a right-hand drive model that offers 350 hp with the unit inside the all-wheel drive delivering an output of 410 hp. The power is then transmitted to the road through the ZF automatic 8-speed transmission.

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