The Ghibli III, which appeared in 2013 at the dawn of the brand’s centenary, was the model for Maserati’s great expansion (100,000 units reached in 2019), but for that it carried the burden of the philosophical advances hitherto inaudible for the tifosis of the Trident. Because even if well born with a characterful and deliciously “stamped” V6, it was the first Maserati in history to run on Diesel and, quite recently, to dare the hybrid union (read detailed test, MA1746) between a 2-liter 4-cylinder turbo and a small electric unit. No choice, it’s the market and the accountant who decide … But in Modena, not all die-hards have left: at the end of 2020, as if to make amends, the brand presents its sedan in a Trofeo variant (like the Quattroporte and Levante), signing a return to tasty insolence with a turbocharged V8 under the hood, not the shadow of an electric motor to play false hybrids and pure propulsion traction. The assumed choice to focus on thrills without a net, read: without all-wheel drive, as the M5 and E AMG yield to it… for example.
And what a V8! An aluminum block open at 90 ° of the “F154 A” generation developed jointly with Ferrari. The same that we find, for example, on the backs of the seats of the last Ferrari F8 Tributo (pushed to 720 hp in this case). Well, almost, because each dairy has its own recipe. The prancing horse brand grafted it with a flat crankshaft and dry sump lubrication, while Maserati, more sensitive to the GT spirit, preferred a cross-plane crankshaft and wet sump lubrication. The exhaust manifolds are also different. In the Ghibli, the fire mill develops 580 hp and 730 Nm, and this only at the rear wheels, via an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. The craziest argument concerns the top speed: 326 km / h, making this Ghibli one of the fastest production cars in the world.
- Tasty engine
- Chassis up to the task
- Relative discretion
- Stunning price
- Too discreet?
- Delicate without the assistants