Maserati Ghibli - full of glamour
|   Tuesday, July 02, 2013
The Ghibli is the latest of the new line of Maserati. The name is taken from a two door coupe and spider that was a part of late 60s production line and then again in a two door bi-turbo line in 90s. So this is the third production line and is currently available in gun-metal grey and midnight blue colors.

The suspension is made via five-link independent rear and front double wishbones using Maserati's very own electric adjustable dampers. The V6 petrol engine is biturbo and is closely related to the V8 petrol engine of Quattroporte and both are made by Ferrari.
The single-turbo V6 diesel engine is designed by Maserati and built by VM Motori which is completely owned by Fiat.

The construction of this model is very much similar to the structure of Quattroporte and it also shares the same suspension and drivelines as well as the steel monologue, however the Ghibli is at least a foot shorter than Quattroporte with all-new coachwork. The doors are made out of aluminum and the framework of the dashboard is made of magnesium. The Ghibli even with a diesel engine still weighs in 1,835kg.

The automatic gearbox comes with all Ghiblis, as well as the brilliant eight-speed unit of ZF. Q4 is the name of the four wheel drive system which will only be available for the left-hand drive versions because it is a very expensive engineering job to move it to right-hand drive. Entering into the cabin gives you a very nice and lovely feeling, as close attention is given to stitching and mind-blowing contrasts in shades and material.

The front seats are hugely spacious for the passengers and they are comfortable and relaxing too. The rear of the car is also spacious for two adults but here the legroom is lesser than the front legroom. The bolster of the seat is also bulky shaped, so the middle passenger is in a spot of bother.

The display of the 8.5 inch screen is very clear to the sight but the buttons are so heavily styled that at times they don't function with a single push. The fixed gear-change paddles can easily be located but the indicator stalk isn't the similar case. The car is equipped with satellite navigation system and radio and communication system.

The diesel version of this car is the first one ever by Maserati. The eight-speed gearbox by ZF is no doubt an excellent unit with upgraded software tweaks by Maserati it works faster however; there is a worrying shunt sound during a drive when the gear is changed.

The Ghibli is a good car but when you compare it with its rivals like BMW, Mercedes or Audi then you would probably opt from the rivals. The car is very high on the looks from the exteriors to the interiors. But this is not quiet sufficient enough actually. Maserati is full of glamour and the looks of Ghibli speak for itself. The engines are powerful, but the ride is poor. It is not really made for smooth and comfort driving. However the car really performs well if you drive like you have stolen it from somewhere.
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