Maserati reveals full details of its Ghibli premium saloon
The Ghibli will act as the smaller and lighter luxury saloon option yet still boast the same kind of craftsmanship and exotic allure Maserati is so famed for. Two petrol engines will be on offer: a 330bhp twin turbo V6 and a more powerful 410bhp V6 in the sporty Ghibli S.
Surprisingly, there will also be a V6 turbo diesel, which seems to go against everything that the elegant yet overtly sporting brand stands for but it is said to offer greater choice for customers and may strike a chord with European buyers.
The Ghibli S is the real attention-grabber when it comes to boastful performance figures as the Ferrari-sourced V6 can propel the saloon from a standstill to 62mph in just 5 seconds and on to a top speed of 177mph.
The diesel unit isn't quite as potent and manages a 0-62mph time of 6.3 seconds but it does manage a very commendable fuel economy figure of 47.8mpg on the combined cycle.
An all-new eight-speed ZF gearbox features and it has already proven a big hit in the new Quattroporte where it provides razor sharp shifts under a more aggressive driving style or smooth, jerk-free cog swaps on those long motorway stints.
Maserati says the interior "perfectly meets the buyer's need for a sportier and youthful experience without losing any of the luxury expected in a Maserati." In plain English that means swathes of Poltrona Frau leather as well as hints of chrome and carbon fibre.
The Ghibli also packs a pretty impressive technological punch that includes WLAN technology that creates a personal Wi-Fi HotSpot as well as a Bowers & Wilkins sound system, 8.4-inch touch-screen display and reversing cameras.
A base 3-litre V6 diesel Ghibli will start at £48,830 and rise to £63,415 for the range-topping Ghibli S. That base price is £4,780 more than the 258bhp BMW 530d M Sport, perhaps its closest natural rival.