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In the world of executive sedans dominated by Germans, the Ghibli strikes a unique chord with traits of a true blue Italian.

30 Apr 2014

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A trident embedded in the centre of a gorged air inlet - a prominent symbol that most car lovers would find familiar. There is no doubt that we are talking about Maserati - or more specifically its latest offering, the Ghibli

Ghibli's front facet bears an uncanny resemblance to the flagship Quattroporte

The nameplate stirs up illustrious events in the marque's 100-year history, the first being the hugely popular two-door, two-seater V8 grand tourer which outsold its rivals - the Lamborghini Miura and Ferrari Daytona.

The new Ghibli will extend this heritage in a more practical four-door, five-seater trim, although we have to say the latest iteration is nothing less of a looker than before.

Exterior

You'll be forgiven for thinking that the Ghibli is merely a shrunk version of its big brother, the Quattroporte. Besides sharing the base architecture, gearbox and various powertrain options, both sedans also sport very similar design cues. An untrained eye can even have trouble telling the two apart. 

But there wouldn't be many criticisms - not when the Ghibli has inherited looks from a sibling which easily makes it to the A-list. The executive sedan has also been given an array of iconic 'Maserati' touches, such as the triangular C-pillar, which makes it immediately identifiable as a 'trident bearer'.

At 4,971mm x 1,945mm x 1,461mm (L x W x H), the Ghibli is noticeably smaller than the Quattroporte. It is, however, longer and wider than many of its close competitors, such as the Audi A7, the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes CLS-Class, which helps to boast a more sporting presence on the road. 

The Ghibli gets less sophisticated-looking 18-inch alloys in base trim


Car Information

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Price

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Engine Type

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V6 Twin-Turbocharged

Engine Cap

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2979cc

Horsepower

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261kW (350 bhp)

Torque

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500 Nm

Transmission

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8-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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5.6sec

Top Speed

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263km/h

Fuel consumption

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10.4 km/L

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