The brand new Maserati Ghibli is here, and it marks the first step in the manufacturer’s master plan to extravagantly increase the sales from 6,000 to 50,000 cars a year by 2015.
The Quattroporte’s baby brother is supposedly aimed at the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class, and is the first ever Maserati to feature a diesel engine.
It’s surprising, but Maserati alleges this isn’t just any old diesel – it’s like no other with its unique engine design by former Ferrari F1 engine boss Paulo Martinelli, which will also be built at the famous Ferrari factory in Modena.
Petrol fans will be well catered for with an extreme choice of two V6 twin-turbo engines. The least powerful of these will produce around just 330bhp, while the range-topper will deliver closer to a whopping 410bhp!
Although having a V6 twin-turbo engine will be fantastic, it will also increase the costs of fuel and motor insurance due to the large size of the engine.
It will also include a Q4 four-wheel-drive system in Europe; however that version sadly won’t make it to the UK.
There has been no performance or fuel economy figures released just yet, but using the V6-powered Quattroporte, which covers 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds, as a guide, the fastest Ghibli is expected to complete the sprint in unbelievable style in less than five seconds.
Although there have not been any full specs released yet, Maserati has recently confirmed that every Ghibli will come fully loaded with high-end kit such as leather upholstery, sat-nav and arch-filling wheels.
Prices will certainly reflect this, but will surely still mark a new entry point to Maserati ownership. The diesel is expected to start promptly from below £50,000 and the lower-powered V6 turbo at around £55,000, while the range-topping V6 turbo will come in at just over £60,000.
The Ghibli will make its much anticipated public debut at the Shanghai Motor Show later on this month, with the very first UK deliveries taking place in September.