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The 2014 Maserati Ghibli Aims to Be a 5 Series Fighter

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  1. Herbie

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    The 2014 Maserati Ghibli Aims to Be a 5 Series Fighter

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    The 2014 Maserati Ghibli will be the marque’s first to offer a diesel engine option.

    Automotive conglomerates can produce the strangest things, like, say, a diesel-powered Maserati. The company released the first official photos Monday of the four-door 2014 Ghibli sedan, which will be introduced at the Shanghai Motor Show next week.

    The Ghibli will be rear-wheel drive like the big Quattroporte sedan, but it will be smaller and sportier, aimed at competing with sport sedans like the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Perhaps most surprising is that Maserati’s new car will be available with a 3-liter turbodiesel V-6 – the first-ever diesel from the luxury performance marque. The VM Motori-sourced engine is the same one used in the Lancia Thema and Jeep’s Eurozone spec Grand Cherokee.


    With an expected base price of around $70,000, the Ghibli – the third Maserati to carry that name over the years – will also be available with a 410-horsepower 3-liter gasoline V-6 and optional all-wheel drive. Both the gas and diesel engine options will transmit power through an 8-speed automatic transmission.


    Fiat Group’s chief executive, Sergio Marchionne said nearly two years ago that his goal for Maserati was to sell 50,000 cars a year. Maserati said in a news release Monday that the Ghibli figures into its master plan to achieve that number by 2015. Last year, Maserati sold 6,288 cars.

    That’s a wide gap for the Italian-American automaker to jump with the addition of a single new model, but Ghibli comes from the Arabic word for scirocco – the hot wind that gusts north across the Mediterranean from the Sahara Desert every summer. So if it sells like the wind, Mr. Marchionne will undoubtedly be quite pleased.

    The Ghibli has changed drastically since the name first appeared in 1966. Back then, it wasn’t anything like the modern day diesel-powered sport sedan gladiator Maserati wants it to be. It was a low slung, Ghia-bodied GT car powered by a twin-cam 4.7-liter V-8 with eight thirsty barrels of Weber carburetion.
    The Ghibli goes on sale in Europe sometime this summer. Expect to see it in North American dealerships sometime after that.



    SOURCE (ARTICLE) : The 2014 Maserati Ghibli Aims to Be a 5 Series Fighter - NYTimes.com

    SOURCE (IMAGES) : 2014 Maserati Ghibli: This Is The First Diesel Maserati

    SOURCE (IMAGES) : Picture 1 - Shanghai: Maserati details 5-Series-fighting Ghibli sedan


    SNIPPETS FROM SOURCE : 2014 Maserati Ghibli - Top Speed


    The first official images reveal that the new Ghibli will adopt an exterior design similar to what we have seen in the Quattroporte. Maserati will combine the dynamic lines required by a sporty sedan with the specific elegance of the Italian models.
    Up front, you will notice the same headlights and grille seen on the Quattroporte, while the rear appears to be slightly different. The exhaust system features oval end pipes and not trapezoidal as in the Quattroporte, while the trunk spoiler is a little bit more discrete in the Ghibli.
    The Ghibli rides on a 2.99-meter (117.7-inch) wheelbase and it measures in at 4.97 meters (195.66 inches) in length. It comes standard with a set of 18-inch wheels, but you can opt for 19-, 20- or 21-inch wheels.


    For the interior Maserati will be offering the same level of luxury we have already seen in its entire lineup. There will be a three-spoke steering wheel, top-quality leather, carbon-fiber insertions and tons of new tech gadgets.

    Previous rumors suggested that the new Ghibli will be offered with the same V-6 and V-8 engines used in the Quattroporte. Still, Maserati prepared a surprise for us, as it appears that two gasoline-powered, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engines and a 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel, making it the first-ever Maserati model to use a diesel engine.The base 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine hits the streets with 243 kW (330 horsepower) and 500 Nm (368 pound-feet) of torque. This engine will sprint the Ghibli to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 5.6 seconds while turning in a fuel-consumption rate of 9.6 L/100 km (28.8 mpg).The Ghibli S will receive a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine that pumps out 301 kW (410 horsepower) at 5,500 rpm and 550 Nm (405 pound-feet) of torque from as low aw 1,750 rpm. This will rocket the sedan to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 5 seconds and up to a top speed and 285 km/h (177 mph).For those that want a more eco-friendly option without sacrificing too much in terms of performance, Maserati offers up the Ghibli Diesel — the first Maserati to ever use a diesel engine. This 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel engine pumps out 202 kW (275 horsepower) and a massive 600 Nm (442 pound-feet) of torque. This helps it hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in a fast-for-a-diesel 6.3 seconds. On top of great performance, the Ghibli Diesel also features a fuel-consumption rate of just 6 L/100 km (over 47 mpg) and a CO2 output of just 160 g/km.The diesel variant also features Maserati’s Active Sound system, which uses a pair of sound actuators next to the exhaust exits to accentuate the exhaust notes, giving them a more impressive sound when you hammer on the accelerator. A "Sport" button on the interior further enhances the exhaust note.The engines will mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission and customers will have the choice of either rear-wheel drive or the new "Q4" all-wheel-drive system.

    Suspension and Brakes
    Up front the Ghibli features a double-wishbone suspension and the back end hosts a multi-link setup with an optional Skyhook system to enhance handling. Additionally, a part-time all-wheel-drive system with a limited-slip differential help optimize traction in the twist.​
    Braking is equally important as handling and Maserati took car of this by fitting the Ghibli S with 360 mm x 32 mm (14.17-by-1.26-inch) ventilated and cross-drilled front brake discs squeezed by Brembo six-pot calipers, while the rear features has 350 mm x 28 mm (13.78-by-1.10-inch) ventilated discs with four-piston calipers. This will drag the Ghibli S to a stop from 100 km/h in just 36 meters (118.1 feet). There is no mention of the base Ghibli’s braking system yet.

    Pricing and Release
    Prices for the new Maserati Ghibli will be announced closer to its market launch, but we expect it to come in at about $70k.
    The car will be designed in-house by Fiat Centro Stile under the leadership of Fiat chief Lorenzo Ramaciotti.

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  2. Pauleralil

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    its super designed car. but i doubt if it will appeal to the E, 5 Series & A6 Buyers It appeals a lot to the younger generation though :)
  3. Herbie

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    The Great Sounding Maserati Ghibli

    The new Maserati Ghibli is caught on the streets of Rotterdam during a video shoot for an advertisement.
    And it sounds phenomenal.
    Up until now, we’ve only seen the beautiful new Maserati Ghibli in photos. That’s all fine and good but for brand and general car enthusiasts alike, another key area of interest is how the Italian performance sedan sounds. Fortunately today we have an answer thanks to TheMaximumCar's new video showing the Ghibli driving on the streets of Rotterdam, Holland.
    With its 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that’s good for 300 horsepower resting under the hood, the Ghibli can reportedly reach 62 mph in just 5.6 seconds.


    And it sounds absolutely wonderful no matter how fast it’s being driven. Just simply revving the engine can be good enough. Not convinced? Just check out the following video.


    SOURCE : The Great Sounding Maserati Ghibli
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  4. raj29

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    Thats an awesome looking and sounding Maserati to compete with the 5 series. Would the 5 series be able to compete :)
  5. Herbie

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    Maserati Head Designer Explains the Lines of the New Ghibli

    MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013

    Maserati Head Designer Explains the Lines of the New Ghibli

    The Maserati Ghibli has been discussed numerous times, with topics ranging from whether or not they would build it (before it had been confirmed), to the fact that it had a very rough idle when it was filmed by bystanderswhile shooting for a promo video. Now, Maserati’s head designer, Marco Tencone gives us additional insight into how the car came to be, and why it looks the way it does.Still a bit of an opinion splitter, the Ghibli is a thorough design exercise, which clearly is meant to attract attention and look oh so Italian chic. Being much shorter than the larger Quattroporte, it has quite different proportions, and while one would recognize both as being from the same manufacturer, I think some people would be hard-pressed to choose what they think is the more stylish car.

    For me, it’s the smaller Ghibli, simply because it is more compact and muscular-looking, while the Quattroporte looks like it has been elongated with the only purpose to free up rear space for passengers - this makes the roof seem a bit too long for my taste, but there's no denying the amount of room it has in the back.

    Still, these two new Maseratis are not bad to look at, so at least design-wise they’re on the right track to achieving their goals. Let’s just hope that the Chrysler connection doesn’t ruin the special feeling one is supposed to get when driving a Trident-badged sedan.

    By Andrei Nedelea

    SOURCE : Maserati Head Designer Explains the Lines of the New Ghibli - Carscoops
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  6. ENKI

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    :evilsmile.. Audi/BMWs are VFM cars elsewhere & this thing is a status symbol.

    Prior to this, the cheapest Maserati started around 1,30,000$ and people bought it with passion with advance bookings choked immediately. Maserati is another arm of the FIAT who has been piling up the revenues like there is no tomorrow. It's a tactical move by Sergio as he feels they immediately need to address this VFM executive segment. They were aiming for AR earlier but fortunately or unfortunately, AR failed to do that above C-Seg.

    People are going to rush for this thing solely for a "Maserati"!!

    Look at this, does anything else looks so elegant with those screaming Italian engines (410 HP from 3.00 Ltr Twin turbo) and best performance in the segment with Gasoline/Diesel.

    On top of that, It beats Audi TTs world record holding 133 Hp/Ltr specific output.

    Still feel Sergio was a bit in hurry to downgrade Maserati like this, i am personally not pleased with this step. being in volume, Maserati theory of high priced, high Margin car will be lost, a big Gamble. They should have been patient with AR till next Alfa Romeo 169 launch in 2015.

    Another thing i personally didn't like is their lazy Diesel effort. Their earlier statements were strictly of 330-350 bhp diesel but it was postponed for some idea on initial market response for Diesel. It should have been the best diesel else hold it for an year or two if they were so anxious about market response.:A
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  7. prabhjot

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    delhi ncr

    The final, still camo-ed, version of the maserati levante (Porsche cayenne/Range Rover Sport/Mercedes GLE amg etc competitor) with, needless to say, serious 'heat' stylistically and likely even with the engines, brakes, steering and of course exhaust-notes, a propaah Italian luxury-sports 'suv'.

    Why such a genre of car exists at all, one is hardpressed to tell, but safe to say Maserati (and with a later Alfa Romeo twin of this very suv in 2017) will have the last word on the matter of style and performance.

    Launching early 2016. Detroit Autoshow, apparently, or Geneva?
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  8. prabhjot

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    delhi ncr

    The latest advertisement from Maserati, for the Ghibli S Q4 all-wheel drive.

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