While the First World War was on, few Italian car companies took the risky bet of building luxurious car. However, Maserati’s perseverance and dedication take it to where it is right now, with a legacy of delivering year by year super sports cars with an exclusive and singular style. With huge amount of success, Maserati took a step forward and created a new car for a new segment of cars, the Ghibli. The smallest sedan of the Italian car maker has thrived a lot of success. The new and refresh 2016 Ghibli is here to compete with luxury and prestigious German car makers with its sexy curved lines and excellent performance.
Several things have been enhancing in this release. A tiny tank has now for the AdBlue (a urea-based chemical that minimizes the nitrogen oxide output of diesel engines) planted in the car’s fuel tank, getting the approval of Euro 6. A more powerful engine, upgraded brakes as performance highlights upgrades, and several extra features both inside and outside.
Available with 4 types of engines: 2 petrol engines and 2 diesel engines. A wide repertory of performances and fuel economy are delivered to us by this emblematic and legendary Italian car maker.
Let’s review this European beast.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2016 Ghibli packs a 3.0 V6 Twin-Turbo petrol engine delivering up to 345 hp at 5000 RPM and 369 lb-ft of torque between 1750-4500 RPM. The acceleration is rated from standstill to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and a max speed of 163 mph.
Then, the Ghibli S features a 3.0 L V6 Twin-Turbo petrol engine, delivering up to 404 hp at 5000 RPM with 406 lb-ft of torque between 1750-4500 RPM. The acceleration is standstill to 60 mph in 5 seconds with a max speed of 177 mph. After this one, the Ghili S Q4 offer us a 3.0 L V6 Twin-Turbo petrol engine delivering up to 404 hp at 5000 RPM with 406 lb-ft of torque between 1750-4500 RPM. The acceleration of this one is rated at standstill to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds with a max speed of 176 mph.
Meanwhile, the Ghibli’s diesel engine is a 3.0 L V6 Turbo diesel with 266 hp at 4000 RPM and 420 lb-ft of torque between 2000-6000 RPM. The acceleration from standstill to 60 mph is rated in 6.3 seconds with a max speed of 155 mph.
All Ghibli models use a ZF 8HP eight-speed automatic transmission and a rear limited differential. All-wheel drive setup is available in the S Q4 model and the rest are packaged with rear-wheel drive layouts. The vehicle also have several driving modes: Auto, Normal, Auto Sport, manual Spor and I.C.E.
Interior and Overall Design
The design is flawless, common in Maserati. Pure Italian style and exquisite tailpipe symphony comes with spectacular LED head and taillights and an overall sexy and wild curves. The huge and astonishing grille with the trident is the signature of Maserati in all of its cars. The rear back is godly beautiful and it’s a flawlessly work done by designers.
The interior is full of exclusivities and top-notch luxury materials. We found a spacious cockpit for five people with a combination of Anthracite Ermenegildo Zegna Silk and Poltrona Frau Leather and constructed using several stitching techniques styles as “ton-sur-ton” and “macro-chevron”. Fancy and exclusivity right there to hit our budget. Three different colors are expected, including Black, Natural, and Red. Flaws are noticeable quickly. Hard to believe that a high-end luxury car as the 2016 Ghibli has buttons, knobs and others controls not as well-crafted as the ones found in German competitors. Also, the 2016 Ghibli has a lack of advanced safety features as forward collision mitigation and lane-departure prevention.
However, the interior is not so bad. You can found features as hand-free power trunk lid, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, electronically adjustable suspension, shift paddles, power-adjustable pedals, heated rear seats, wood elements, carbon fiber interior trims, heated steering wheel with wood trim, a power rear sunshade and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with or 15-speaker Bowers&Wilkins audio system. The Ghibli got a new sound-proofing package intended to more effective at quietening the cabin and without adding weight.
The Bottom Line
This high-performance sedan with plenty of exclusivities and amenities is a serious competitor. But, there are minimal flaws found in the interior.
Starting price at US$70.600.