THE latest version of Italian powerhouse Maserati’s marquee sports saloon gets improved styling, performance and technology in 2018, as well two distinctive new additions to the model range, the Ghibli GranLusso and the Ghibli GranSport.
Now available in Australia, the 2018 Maserati Ghibli remains faithful to both its and Maserati’s DNA, offering unmistakable class, top-quality performance and a stylish yet comfortable driving experience.
Along for the ride is a host of new technology and a power boost for the range topping version, the $195,000 Ghibli S GranSport, powered by a 321kW twin turbo 3.0-litre V6, built by Ferrari and mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The Ghibli shares its core architecture, including the V6 engine and gearbox, the chassis and suspension layout, with Maserati’s flagship, the Quattroporte, but is 293 mm shorter and 50 kg lighter.
The car’s perfect weight distribution, front double-wishbone/rear multi-link suspension and standard Limited-Slip Differential (LSD), guarantee the razor-sharp road handling for which genuine Maserati models are famed.
The two new model variants, the GranLusso and the GranSport, will span the range, offering a choice of power trains including a turbo diesel, the twin turbo V6 and the 430bhp S motor, with the S versions set at a single price point.
The new model options are immediately recognisable thanks to their distinct exterior features and exclusive interiors. The exterior design stands out for its coupé-like attitude as well as for several unique design features.
These include the distinctive C-pillar, which bears the iconic Saetta logo, the frameless doors, the pronounced grille that resembles iconic Maserati cars of the 1950s, and the range-standard quadruple chromium-plated exhaust pipes.
Restyled front and rear bumpers also feature on the new models, while the entire new Ghibli range has adopted the Bosch Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system, which helps to prevent (rather than simply correct) vehicle instability.
The introduction of Electric Power Steering (EPS) is another first for Maserati. This improves the car’s handling and comfort, better supports the driving modes and enables the newly-introduced active functions of the Advanced Driving Assistance System.
The new ADAS package is standard in the 430bhp S versions of the Ghibli, Ghibli GranSport and Ghibli GranLusso and an optional extra on the turbo diesel and 350bhp versions.
It includes functions like Highway Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition.
The 2018 model range starts at a little over $138,000 for the turbo diesel Ghibli D. Some nine model variants make up the range, with the S variants representing the pinnacle of the new fleet.