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Here is the new Maserati Ghibli, it is the first step in Maserati’s plan to increase sales from 6,000 to 50,000 cars a year by 2015.
This all new model from Maserati is setting its sights on the BMW 5 series and the the Mercedes E-Class, also this is the first time ever that a Maserati will be fitted with a Diesel engine.
I know what you are thinking.. a Diesel in a Maserati?? But the Supercar car manufacturer claims that this isn’t just any Diesel. The 270 bhp 3.0 litre V6 is designed by ex-Ferarri engine boss Paulo Martinelli and is to be built at the Ferrari factory in Modena, doesn’t sound too bad now right?
The Ghibli is also available with a choice of 2 Petrol engines, both twin-turbos. The entry level engine will produce around 300bhp whereas the top of line engine (taken from the Quattroporte) will produce a whopping 410bhp. As for the gearboox, all versions of the Ghibli with come exclusively with an 8 speed ZF automatic gearbox. The performance and economy data is yet to be released but looking at the Quattroporte’s figures we can expect the Ghibli to sprint to 62mph in less than 5.0 seconds.
The styling of Ghibli is very similar to its bigger brother the Quattroporte, with the concave grill and the holes punched into the flanks, and as we know from the engine the resemblance isn’t just skin deep. The chassis is slightly shorter than the Quattroporte measuring at around 4.9 metres. Inside the car the similarites continue, the basic layout of the cabin is the same however it will be finished in more modern colours and materials.
As for the prices, the Diesel is expected to start at around £50,000 with the range topping Twin turbo coming in at just over £60,000. Deliveries are expected in September this year after its first public appearance later this month in Shangahi.
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