When Maserati announced the return of the Ghibli you can’t imagine the joy we felt inside. We immediately saw the replacement of the GranTurismo, a 2 + 2 coupe elegant and racy. Pure Maserati. But we made a mistake.
Maserati Ghibli is back, for better or for worse.
In the 70’s the Ghibli was a V8 coupe 2+2. In the 90s it turned into a 2L V6 biturbo but still a coupe 2+2. Nowadays, the Ghibli is back after 16 years and it’s a V6 twin turbo 3L sedan version. A powerfull 430hp, a middle 350hp and shy 275hp… DIESEL version. Obviously, we will not talk about this latest version that hurts sensitive motorists and eco-friendly drivers.
Maserati myth reincarnated.
We were like kids for our first modern Maserati test drive. Being aboard a Maserati is always a dream for Italian immigrants great grandson like us.
In our imagination, a Maserati is absolutely elegant. A car that makes even those who don’t understand cars, even the most fervent defenders of the environment, turn around. Next to this facelifted Ghibli, you are impressed by its front grid. It’s biting! As the 3500 Gt grid in 1957 or the concept Maserati Birdcage 75th in 2005. At first glance we get the intuition to have in front of our eyes a very special car.
The general line is very slender, very dynamic at the front, thanks to a very long hood just like in the 60s and then completely collapses from the second door. It seems like two different people have drawn the front end and the rear end of the car. There is the contemporary reincarnation of Giugiaro, paying homage to decades of grandiloquent Italian style. And then, there is the engineer, the real one, who instead of thinking a global design has added a big trunk to a small coupé. Like a cherry on the Sunday, just a block sitting at the back because the target market wants a sedan with a comfortable trunk instead of a coupe.
Also we regret the rear lights, they very conventional, almost Japanese, all this part of the car lacks of an artistic vision as only the Italians know how to do. Nostalgic memory of 3200 Gt boomerang tail lights.
This Maserati Ghibli S Q4 has a soul.
Foot on the brake, finger on the button: roarrrr! Well, we are aboard a Maserati. First cries of the V6 twin turbo give chills. And for good reason, you are probably aware that the engine comes from Ferrari. This is the 488 V8 min two cylinders. Some cry scandal. For us, as long as the game of engines between brands of the same group go in this direction, everything is fine.
Behind the wheel of the Maserati Ghibli S Q4 we feel good. In the middle of leather and carbon fiber you can just feel right. In fact, we are a little nostalgic of the beautiful veneers of wood that once covered all luxury cars. Of course this is only a configuration choice and thanks god they keep the typical Maserati clock.
In the other hand, the touch screen is maybe too present on the dashboard. It takes an insane place for a not very useful device. Yep, everybody uses his smartphone on board. Plus, plastic is pretty cheap and it contrasts too much with the refined atmosphere. However, the contactless key is just splendid (it’s rare in automotive industry) and the wheels are… special. Not a big fan. Fortunately I can’t see them aboard, facing the magnificent steering wheel inspired by the best of Maserati and Citroën.
Agile in all environments.
On the road we don’t really feel the size of the car (4.98m long and 1.95m wide). First turns of the wheel are in town and it passes through “everywhere”. I must admit that it is very pleasant in town, because flexible and comfortable, it’s like traveling in your favorite and fastest seat.
Then you go into a tunnel and you hear a slight rumble… a thrill invaded you, it’s the V6 that seeks to express itself! It’s time to activate the sport mode! A low groan then emerges from the exhaust and propels you out of the tunnel in the blink of an eye, with smile on your lips.
Expressive exhausts isn’t rare today. But what kind of sedans has this kind of melodious sound?
Forceful sedans but not really sophisticated. One downside on this Maserati Ghibli: the turbo can be very present, too present in the towers and spoil a little concert in favor of dynamism, which is for its part very dynamic.
Enough for Parisian traffic.
Yes, 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds is enough for Parisian traffic.
When you take it on the highway the Maserati Ghibli becomes what it was designed for: a great gt car. It is pretty comfortable and soundproofed even if the road and the V6 melody are the two only things you can notice.
Then on small roads, the car is transformed! It becomes agile and playful, a real joy even with the four wheel drive. You probably know why, it behaves as a propulsion car and front wheels start when the car needs it.
It gives a lot of information in the steering wheel and that’s a good point. Riding in the turns on small winding roads, we feel a healthy car that asks for more and more thanks to the genius Q4 system. Activated when you need it, all-wheel drive helps you to stabilize the car. Without ever being tricky, only a few rolls are felt if we do not take the time to rebalance the car when entering a turn.
In fact, it’s still a car of almost 5m that manages to make you forget its size, but not really its weight. 1870kg anyway, which feels during low engine speed (but not at all in automatic mode). Thanks Maserati, the car is very well balanced with 50% of the weight on the front and 50% on the rear, which gives character to this civilized car.
Do you know what’s missing besides a few kilograms less? A manual gearbox.
Yes yes we know, manual boxes are increasingly rare and it isn’t really useful on a car like the Maserati Ghibli. However, we are really nostalgic of these well motorized light sedans and manual gearbox from the 90s… So, why not produce a car that would become a car or manual car on demand? Automatic to pick up the children at school on Thursday evening at 5pm in the city center and manual to cruise on the seaside for the weekend. And raise engine speed (of course) as we used to do it twenty years ago.
A mission of public utility.
What impressed me the most during these few days aboard the Maserati Ghibli is the eyes of passersby. They were both surprised and happy when they saw this car passing.
Subject of fascination (and ignorance let’s be honest), I got a good impressive thumbs up driving the Ghibli, a sign that luxury is not dead and that the French people (especially Parisians) are not so motorphobian as we can believe.This car is respected, it causes admiration, desire, and simply makes smile. Proof that this Ghibli is a real Maserati.
Usually we don’t talk about the price.
120k € on the right, 150k € on the left, 200k € on the bottom?
In fact, you can buy a Maserati Ghibli from 71 350 € for a diesel version, to 102 500 € for the 3.0 V6 Bi-Turbo 430 S Q4 BVA GranSport version we tried.
Isn’t life beautiful? (specially if you choose a tan leather).
#FunToDrive score : 89/100
Beautiful cars and especially sedans will always have something magical, no offense to SUV fans. A great engine, a light weight body, a low center of gravity and a luxury touch: that’s the recipe of an awesome berline. Maserati Ghibli S Q4 has a strong soul thanks to a bewitching V6 (even if not naturally-aspirated). The best place is behind the steering wheel. First, from this point of view you can’t see it’s ugly trunk. Second, you can drive and appreciate all the comfortable and dynamism of this family diva. Only damper, some finishing touches are not at the level but all is forgiven when we hear its divine exhaust sound. It was a big pleasure like a delizioso and comforting pasta dish.
It’s now time for you to discover our “Maserati Ghibli” story at the top of our Instagram profile.
#MakeBerlineCoolAgain and Keep it #FunToDrive.
Ps: it’s pronounced “Giblee” and it’s a Mediterranean wind that comes from the Sahara in Libyan Arabic language. Now you know.