Maserati Ghibli Premieres at 2013 Shanghai Motor Show

The Maserati Ghibli has launched at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show and, for the first time in Maserati’s history, one of the power plants available will be a diesel.

The Ghibli, a four-door sedan that sits under the Quattroporte in terms of size and price, is a direct competitor for the Jaguar XF, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series.  It’s also a beautiful machine that is only matched by the Jaguar for sheer flair.

The engines available in the Ghibli are all 3.0-liter and V-6.  The most powerful is the twin-turbo Ghibli S with 410 horsepower, which can reach 0 to 62 mph in 5 seconds flat.

Next in the range is the Ghibli — also with a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo engine but with 330 horsepower and the ability to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 5.6 seconds.  Both gasoline engines were developed by Maserati Powertrain in partnership with Ferrari and will be built by Ferrari in Maranello.

The diesel engine is a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, which develops 275 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque.  Accelerating from 0 to 62 mph takes 6.3 seconds.  Crucially for a diesel, it delivers 47 mpg and 160 g/km of CO2.

Maserati has taken care to make its first diesel sound as good as possible by way of sound actuators, fitted near the tail pipes, which accentuate the engine’s most distinctive tones.  It will be interesting to see if Maserati can pull it off and make an oil-burner sound desirable.

The chassis of the Ghibli sounds promising, with double wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension with the option of an active Skyhook system, part-time four-wheel drive (in left-hand driver markets) and a mechanical limited slip differential on all models.

Prices have yet to be released, but the Ghibli is expected to start at around £50,000 in the UK and $60,000 in the U.S.


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