Maserati Ghibli: The Car That is Named After a Desert Wind

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When you find yourself competing against BMW or Mercedes no matter the niche you are in, you simply have to bring your A game. The Maserati Ghibli is a great car no doubt but compared to its rivals the Audi S6, BMW M5 and the Mercedes Benz E 63 S, it’s still lagging way behind.

The Maserati Ghibli is a brand of three Maserati cars which feature different engine specs. For the Ghibli you have the option of either a grand tourer, a coupé and an executive saloon.

What’s In a Name?

It’s not often that a luxury car decides to get its name from Africa, however the Italians in this case gave the car the name Ghibli. Ghibli is named after a desert wind in Libya.

The History

The Ghibli has its genesis in the 1966 Turin Motor Show and was designed by a youthful Giorgetto Giugiaro, who was working at Ghia at the time. The Ghibli had its production year 1966 – 1973, where it was replaced by the Maserati Khamsin. Later, the Ghibli made a comeback in 1992. It has been with us ever since.

The Current Model

The current model of the Maserati Ghibli is its third generation. It was unveiled in the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show.

The Powertrain

For power you can either choose either of three 3L V6 engines. You can get either a bi-turbocharged 330 hp or 400 hp petrol engine. Finally, if you need more efficiency you can choose the 271 hp turbodiesel. An 8-Speed automatic is standard for all models. For the most powerful V6s you have the option of all wheel drive except for right hand drive markets.

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The Interior

Well to be honest here is where a lot of work needs to be done. The interior doesn’t much the pedigree that a car of this class should exude. A non-inspiring bland infotainment, with poor leather upholstery workmanship might make you think you are inside a Nissan.

The Exterior

The car’s exterior is quite a breathtaking site. It has great curves that make it standout wherever it is. The styling is modern and visually appealing.

Our Verdict

This was a hastily made car that quite clearly shows there wasn’t any serious planning in Bologna. With expansion, there is always going to be the temptation by an automaker to reduce costs and use cheaper parts to bring the cost of production down. Not that I am accusing Maserati of the same, it is just an observation that any car that should have the trident emblazoned on its grille should have high standards. Simply, the guys that do quality control for Maserati need to have a talk with the design teams. In fact the car needs a whole rethink as it may threaten the image Maserati has been striving so hard to attain and maintain.

The Maserati Ghibli starts from $ 71,850.

Do you think that we are being too harsh on the Italian automaker or are we right that Maserati is just blowing hot air (pan intended)? Have your say, leave a comment.

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