Press Kit: Ghibli S Q4

Maserati Ghibli MY17

The Ghibli MY17 adopts additional high-tech content in the area of on-board comfort and driver assistance while offering an even higher degree of customisation thanks to the new Luxury and Sport packages.

For the MY17 upgrade the Maserati Ghibli range remains faithful to its DNA while offering unmistakable class, top-quality performance and a thrilling yet comfortable driving experience in a premium saloon that is more desirable than ever before.

The exterior design stands out for its coupé-like philosophy and several unique features in the E High-End Segment, like the distinctive c-pillar that bears the iconic “Saetta” logo, the frameless doors, the pronounced grille that resembles iconic Maserati cars of the ‘50s and the four exhaust chromium-plated pipes on all versions.

When it was launched, the Ghibli offered the highest degree of customisation in its segment. The MY17 takes a further step towards satisfying individual taste with the introduction of two new packages, Luxury and Sport, which enhance the standard features of every Maserati. The packages are designed to appeal to customers with differing tastes. 

The Luxury and Sport packages personalise the exterior finish and create a focused environment for the driver and passengers. Two Carbon packages, one with exterior and the other with interior elements, are now available as a further customisation option and an upgrade for the Sport Package.

The  MY17 Ghibli benefits from interior upgrades as well.  The central dashboard has been redesigned to accommodate a high resolution 8.4” screen with multi touch function. The new infotainment system is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring functions. The central, lower console has also been redesigned and now hosts a rotary knob to control volume and functions, a new lid and a new phone storage compartment.

All versions of the Ghibli are now equipped with Air Quality Sensor, a feature that substantially improves the comfort of occupants           on-board. The system combines an intelligent sensor and a signal analysis system that calculates the external pollution levels and prevents polluted air and toxic gases from entering the cabin.

A new package of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems is available as an option. It includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind Spot Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning with advanced Brake Assist and Automated Emergency Braking. An additional Surround View Camera is available as an option in combination with the ADAS package.

In terms of engines, both versions of the petrol range, the Ghibli and Ghibli S, feature the acclaimed, Ferrari built, Euro 6 homologated Twin Turbo-charged 3.0-litre V6 engine with the 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, which now features the Start&Stop function.

The Ghibli now delivers 350 hp, 20 hp more than in the previous model year, an increased top speed of 267 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds.

The Ghibli S, with its power output of 410 hp, accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 285 km/h. The Ghibli S is also available with the Q4 All Wheel Drive system. The Ghibli SQ4 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds, up to a top speed of 284 km/h. The Ghibli Diesel with its Euro 6, 3.0-litre V6 engine, which is exclusively developed by Maserati together with VM Motori, produces a power output of 275 hp, amongst the best in its class.

The Ghibli shares parts of its core architecture - chassis, suspension layout, V6 engines and ZF 8-speed automatic transmission - with the Quattroporte. It is, however, 293 mm shorter and 50 kg lighter than the flagship Italian saloon.

Dynamic and precise handling is guaranteed by the car’s perfectly balanced 50:50 weight distribution while the sophisticated suspension system and the standard limited slip differential make every ride even more enjoyable. The Ghibli has been awarded five Euro NCAP stars in collision testing, giving the driver and passengers complete peace of mind.

Maserati Ghibli MY17

  • New Luxury & Sport packages with individual contents
  • 0 V6 petrol version with 350 hp (+20 hp than MY16)
  • Increased top speed of 267 km/h for Ghibli 350 hp
  • New infotainment system with hi-res 8.4” touch screen
  • Redesigned central console with rotary knob
  • Standard Air Quality Sensor on all versions
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems optional package
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning with advanced Brake Assist
  • Automated Emergency Braking
  • Surround View Camera with front and rear dynamic lines

 

 

GHIBLI DIESEL (250 hp)

GHIBLI DIESEL (275 hp)

GHIBLI 

GHIBLI S

GHIBLI SQ4

ENGINE

Layout

Turbodiesel 600 V6

Petrol 600 V6, twin-turbo - direct injection GDI

Displacement (cc)

2,987

2,979

Max. Power (kW/hp @ rpm)

184/250 @ 4,000

202/275 @ 4,000

257/350 @ 5,500

302/410 @ 5,500

Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm)

600 @ 2,000 - 2,600

500 @ 4,500

550 @ 5,000

Consumption NEDC (l/100 km)

5.9

5.9

8.9

9.6

9.7

CO2 Emissions Combined (g/km)

158

158

207

223

226

0-100 km/h (sec)

6,7

6.3

5.5

5.0

4.8

Top Speed (km/h)

240

250

267

285

284

100-0 km/h (m)

36.0

35.5

35.0

Gearbox

8-speed automatic ZF AT8 - HP70

Transmission

RWD with Limited Slip Differential

Q4 AWD

with rear LSD

Front Suspension

Double Wishbone, anti-roll bar

Rear Suspension

Multi Link, anti-roll bar

Length/width/height (mm)

4971 / 1,945 / 1,461

Wheelbase (mm)

2,998

Tyres (standard)

235/50 R18 (front)

235/50 R18 (front)
275/45 R18 (rear)

in brief key data

 

Timeless design, more customisation

While the exterior styling of the Maserati Ghibli sports saloon remains untouched for the MY17, the introduction of the Luxury and Sport packages provides an even higher degree of customisation, dedicated to customers with distinctive styles.

With the longest wheelbase in the category, a total length of 4.97 m and wide tracks, the Ghibli demonstrates a perfect blend of sportiness and elegance that is second to none in its class. Compared to the Quattroporte, the Ghibli is 293 mm shorter and 50 kg lighter. The wheelbase is 2,998 mm, 173 mm shorter than that of the flagship saloon.

The outline of the body reflects a coupé-like philosophy, while there are noticeable feline hints around the grille and the headlights. The pronounced grille is reminiscent of the iconic A6 GCS of the 1950’s. The headlights converge onto the Trident, with every angle designed to draw the attention to Maserati’s legendary symbol.

The distinctive C-pillar is responsible for much of the Ghibli’s coupé-like feel and hosts the classical “Saetta” Maserati logo, continuing a tradition dating back to 1963. The side profile is dominated by swaged lines on the bodywork that give it muscular impact; they run from the unmistakable Maserati air vents behind the front wheels through to the rear wheel arches and rear lights, without intersecting.

The Ghibli’s body and underbody design fulfil the sporty promise of its appearance with a low drag coefficient of 0.31 that contributes to reducing fuel consumption and improving stability at high speeds.

The Ghibli can be fitted with a selection of aluminium rims ranging from 18 to 21 inches, all of which enhance the car’s visual appearance and are engineered to lower the unsprung mass for better grip and handling. While the 18’’ and 19” and the majority of 20” alloy rims are crafted using flow-forming technology that reduces the core thickness of the wheels and prioritizes lightness without sacrificing stiffness and strength, the 21” and the new 20” design rims are in forged alloy for even lower weight and thinner spokes.

Luxury and Sport oriented customisations

Luxury and sportiness, the essential elements that form the DNA of every Maserati, are now represented in two new packages introduced in the MY17 Ghibli. Both packs are conceived to satisfy individual customer styles.

The Luxury pack gives the Ghibli exterior a touch of extra elegance and includes 19” “Poseidone” wheels, black brake calipers, exclusive Zegna Edition Silk or Full Premium Leather Interiors and 12-Way Power Comfort Seats with Memory function.

The Sport package gives the Ghibli an even sportier appearance and includes 20” Urano machine polished wheels, red brake calipers. Skyhook Adaptive Suspension, 12-Way Power Sport Seats, and a Sport Steering Wheel.

An exterior Carbon Package, which emphasises the Ghibli’s racing DNA, is available as a further customisation option. It includes door handles, external mirrors, B-pillar /C-pillar covers and rear trunk spoiler in carbon fibre.

Adaptive Front-lighting System

The Ghibli’s distinctive headlights are fitted with Bi-xenon and LED daytime running lights.

The Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), which is standard on the Ghibli S and SQ4, actively adjusts the headlight depth to combine an outstanding view of the road with very low glare for oncoming traffic. Each headlight includes LED daytime running lights, with a light shape that provides instant recognisability in both day and night running. Each light also contains direction indicators, LED side position lights and a side reflector.

With a video camera integrated into the rear-view mirror, the lighting system offers beam control specifically for motorway driving which increases the depth of the light beam without the need for manual high beam activation.

Sensors monitor driving style and speed and if the road is clear, the beam depth offers the greatest depth and width, combined with the directional rotation of the headlights themselves.

In addition, there are four different automatic lighting setups: for city driving, for motorway conditions, for low visibility and for driving on the opposite side of the road in applicable countries. Each of these modes automatically activates a strategy to best illuminate the road surface. The Town Beam turns on below 45 km/h and sets the beam wider and shallower, giving a better view for turning and for peripheral danger zones while causing minimum disturbance for fellow road users.

The LED tail lights have been designed to offer maximum visibility while maintaining a recognisable style. They integrate the position light function in an illuminated ring running right around the tail light itself. Inside this ring are the brake lights, the direction indicators, the reverse lights and the fog lights. The outside reflector and LED side position lights round off the unit.

More refined, more individual

The Ghibli’s elegant interior is further upgraded with new hi-tech contents while the introduction of the Luxury and Sport packages maximises the opportunities for customisation.

The Ghibli entered the E High-End Segment in 2013 with a tangible advantage in cabin craftsmanship and detailing. It also set itself apart with a unique, cockpit-inspired dashboard design that perfectly matched its sporty, driver-oriented character without compromising on the refinement and sophistication typical of every Maserati.

The Ghibli’s interior is built around a driver interface that is intuitive, uncluttered and simple to use. The instrument cluster features large analogue gauges for the tachometer and speedometer, alongside a 7” TFT display. Major dynamic functionalities are incorporated into the buttons alongside the gearshift, while other on-board settings can be set via the upgraded - for 2017 - Maserati Touch Control Plus at the centre of the dashboard, or the steering wheel controls for the 7" TFT display.

The central, lower console has been redesigned and now features a rotary knob - as introduced first in the Levante - that offers extremely intuitive control of audio volume and other functions of the infotainment system. The lid and the smartphone storage compartment have also been redesigned and are even more user-friendly.

The brand new infotainment system of the MY17 Ghibli is based on a high resolution 8.4” capacitive touch screen and offers compatibility with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring functions.

The Ghibli provides class-leading front legroom and, despite its coupé-like silhouette, comfortable head and leg room for all occupants.

The clever interior packaging also incorporates 60/40 folding rear seats and 500 litres of luggage capacity alongside the practical, climate controlled centre console compartment, large door pockets and a large climate controlled glove box facing the passenger. A large central tunnel separates the front seats and contains two cup holders as well as a 12 V power socket; the console houses a compartment for mobile phones as well as USB- and Aux-In sockets.

The driver’s seat in the Ghibli offers six-way electric adjustment*, while in the Ghibli S and SQ4 both front passenger seats are 12-way (8+4 lumbar) power adjustable. *For EU Markets; U.S. versions are equipped with Standard 12-way power front seats.

The rear seats can accommodate three people. They provide optimized lateral support and guarantee comfort even on long journeys. The foldable central armrest houses two cup holders and a storage box. The rear is equipped with ISOFIX fittings to securely anchor child seats.

Customisation with  Luxury or Sport packages

The essential elements that form the DNA of every Maserati are luxury and sportiness. These two elements are reflected in the new packages introduced in the 2017 Ghibli range.

With the adoption of the Luxury package, the Ghibli’s cabin is even more refined thanks to the Zegna edition Silk & Premium Leather upholstery which is exclusively available in the specific pack in combination with premium leather, Alcantara® headliner, upgradable wood trim and leather steering wheel with wooden inserts. The steering wheel comes in 3 colours (black, beige and brown) and is also available with a heating function as an option. The Luxury pack also includes a 900 W Harman Kardon Premium Audio System, power adjustable foot pedals and rear armrest with illuminated cup-holder*.*Luxury Package contents may vary according to the market.

The Sport package reflects the legendary racing heritage of every Maserati. The sport-oriented interior transmits a sense of passion and is immediately recognisable thanks to the new sport seats and sport steering wheel, fitted with aluminium gear shift paddles.

An array of exclusive contents is included in the Sport pack: the brand new sport steering wheel fitted with aluminium gear shift paddles, the inox sport pedals and the brand new sport seats are exclusively available as part of the Sport package.

The sport seats with anti-whiplash integrated headrests ensure better body retention in any driving situation while offering the same safety standard as before. They are available in three colours - black, red and tan - and in two different leather textures.

The new sport steering wheel has a sportier shape and is covered by full drilled leather. It comes in black and offers better grip, especially for performance driving. It is also available with a carbon fibre finish (in combination with the interior Carbon pack) and a heating function.

The Interior Carbon package (also available in combination with the Sport package) enhances the sporty nature of the Ghibli interior, making it feel like an  exclusiveand lightweight racing cockpit. The optional carbon package includes sport steering wheel with carbon inserts plus carbon gear shift paddles and carbon trims and door sills.

Ermenegildo Zegna interior

The Ermenegildo Zegna interior exclusively for Maserati combines fine grain leather with 100% natural fibre Zegna Mulberry Silk inserts on the seats, door panels, roof lining, sunshades and ceiling light fixture. It is exclusively available with the Luxury package. The Ermenegildo Zegna silk, always in the Anthracite colour, can be combined with three different shades of luxurious fine leather, for three individual looks:

  • Black colour fine grain leather
  • Tan colour fine grain leather
  • Red colour fine grain leather

Silk, an inherently sophisticated material, is further embellished by the hand-stitched macro-chevron; on the door panel, too, the matching salt and pepper silk jersey is enhanced by alternating rib embroidery.

As for the seating, the extra fine grain leather with contrasting light grey stitching is matched with a central silk insert with a micro-chevron weave of vertical rolls on the central seat and backrest area, within which the central roll, with leather tapes on the sides, features a special macro-chevron weave adding to its three-dimensional feel and technical look.

On the door panels, the central parts are covered with Zegna silk jersey and embellished by a diagonal roll pattern, with tone-on-tone ornamental stitching and alternating rib embroideries. The same fabric is used to cover the car's roof lining and sunshades, the latter including grosgrain “Ermenegildo Zegna Exclusively for Maserati” brand labels on the inside. The sophisticated, luxury finish of the car interior can also be seen in the headrests which feature an embroidered Trident emblem and contrast stitching.

This unique and exclusive silk is made in Trivero by the Zegna wool mill using a patented process.

New infotainment system

The MY17 Ghibli adopts a brand new infotainment system that includes a high resolution 8.4” multi touch screen and a user-friendly rotary knob in the central console.

The unit structure is new and the central dashboard has been redesigned to accommodate the high resolution 8.4” screen with multi touch function. A new Ghibli logo is visible on the head unit bezel. The brand new infotainment system is more stylish and offers improved interaction. It is also compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring functions.

By utilising the 8.4" high resolution capacitive touch screen, the user can control almost all of the Ghibli’s on-board equipment simply and intuitively.

The system includes features like the radio and the optional navigator. It also has a standard Bluetooth connection for external sources like cell phones and Apple devices.

The DVD reader is replaced by a phone storage compartment containing an SD card reader, USB socket and Aux-in port. Using them, the user can play music, watch films or even view images. Its menus have options to configure the car's main settings and the system's various menus are always available from the icons displayed at the bottom of the screen.

The MTC Plus also controls the front seat heating and ventilation, if present, the steering wheel heating and the optional rear window shade, as well as providing the screen for the reversing camera.  

User friendly rotary knob

The central, lower console has also been redesigned and now features a rotary knob that allows for extremely intuitive control of the audio volume and other functions of the infotainment system. The lid and the smartphone storage compartment have also been redesigned to be more user-friendly.

With the upper knob in “Radio” or “Media” mode, the user can adjust the volume or the tracks being played. The control also allows the user to adjust the beeping sound of the park assist system.

With the bottom knob in “Radio” or “Media” mode, the user can scroll through the radio stations available or stored in any connected external device and press “Enter” to make a selection. In any other mode of the MTC Plus, the bottom knob is used to scroll through the list of available options, followed by “Enter”.

Siri Smart Personal Assistant

Thanks to the Apple chip contained in the MTC Plus, a usable feature that exploits iOS functionality - an intelligent personal assistant - has been introduced. Based on Bluetooth technology, Siri allows users to perform iOS connected device tasks and make requests using voice commands. For this in-car application and for related safety reasons, while driving, responses that contain visual information or require user interaction will be blocked and Siri will only respond with suitable audio feedback and voice commands. The advantage is that Siri uses natural language to understand commands.

State-of-the-art Sound Systems

The standard 8-speaker, 280 W audio system can be upgraded to a Harman Kardon Premium Sound System with 10 speakers and a 900 watt amplifier. The extra 300 watts compared to the previous system, the aesthetical differentiation with the black finish grille pattern on the door’s woofer with the Harman Kardon logo and the new 12-channel amplifier, in conjunction with a high-performance subwoofer, represent the best trade-off between sound clarity and performance.

Bowers & Wilkins Surround System

Maserati also offers those who insist on the finest hi-fi equipment the option of the Bowers & Wilkins Premium Surround Sound system, with 15 speakers, a 1,280 watt amplifier and perfectly configured QuantumLogic™ Surround.

The Bowers & Wilkins Premium Surround Sound system features a central 100 mm Kevlar cone for midrange sound and three 25 mm tweeters at the centre and sides of the dashboard. The front doors house a 165 mm woofer and 100 mm Kevlar cone midrange speaker, while the rear doors each carry a 165 mm Kevlar woofer and 25 mm tweeter. The rear shelf has two 100 mm Kevlar midranges and a 315x200 mm subwoofer.

The technical Clari-Fi function that was introduced in the Ghibli MY16 is an advanced solution for digital music that is capable of restoring the artistic details lost in your digitally-compressed songs. Clari-Fi scans all types of compressed audio files for lost music details, supporting MP3, AAC, Satellite Radio, Playback and Streaming Music Services, and intelligently corrects waveform deficiencies based on existing music information and audio source quality. By recapturing the missing highs and lows, restoring the vocals to their natural tone, returning to a true stereo sound and removing unwanted distortions and artefacts, these features exclusive to the Bowers & Wilkins Premium Audio system set a new benchmark in automotive audio.

The system perfectly reproduces every nuance of the sound with the utmost dynamic purity.

As the QuantumLogic™ Surround Sound system processes each track, individual elements such as musical instruments and voices and the interior's reverb are identified, separated and processed into a surround sound field which is exceptionally realistic and precise and creates a perfectly defined audio image.

Wi-Fi Hotspot

The Ghibli can contain optional WLAN technology that effectively turns the car into a Wi-Fi Hotspot. Owners can place a SIM card into the WLAN router to receive Internet signals, which can be resent around the car as a wireless Internet signal. Up to three devices can be connected simultaneously.

Climate control with Air Quality Sensor

Ghibli is now equipped with Air Quality Sensor, a feature that substantially improves the comfort of occupants on-board. The system combines an intelligent sensor and a signal analysis system that calculates the external pollution levels and prevents polluted air and toxic gases from entering the cabin.

Keyless Entry

In the world of Maserati, small details are everything - right down to the design of the aluminium key, which reflects the Ghibli style and incorporates ‘Keyless Go’ technology. Once inside the car, the driver has only to press the ignition button to start the engine. The ‘Keyless Entry’ function enables the driver to open the doors or boot without ever touching the key.

Power Boot Lid with Hands-Free Mode

With the introduction of the Power Boot lid, the light aluminium boot lid is now autonomous in its closing phase. With its electric actuators and a motorised latch, the system makes it possible to open or close the boot automatically, ensuring that the lid is locked upon closing.  

What's more, it is possible to open and close the boot lid by simply moving your foot under the rear bumper. In this case, and for safety reasons, the lid will open or close only if the “Passive Entry” system acknowledges the presence of the key.

A range of high-performance 3-litre V6 engines

  • Petrol Twin Turbo V6 manufactured by Ferrari in Maranello
  • 0 V6 twin-turbo GDI petrol engine with 410 hp & 350 hp
  • 9 litres/100 km for the 275 hp diesel version
  • Euro 6 homologation for all engines

State-of-the-art Twin Turbo V6

The two Maserati Twin Turbo V6 engines featuring the latest GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) technology form the beating heart of the Ghibli.

The V6 petrol engines were designed by Maserati Powertrain and are manufactured by Ferrari in Maranello for the exclusive use of Maserati. These new-generation engines are powerful, exciting to drive and more eco-friendlythanks to the Start&Stop technology and Euro 6 homologation.

The 2,979 cc V6 engine shares part of its technology with the 3.0-litre V6 engine available on the Quattroporte. It uses the same Gasoline Direct Injection technology, cylinder architecture and combustion technology along with two low-inertia parallel turbochargers and four continuous camshaft phasers.

A characteristic feature of this Maserati engine family is the 200 bar direct fuel-injection system. This very high pressure helps atomise the fuel, thus improving the fuel-air mixture and optimising combustion at higher engine speeds.

The Ghibli has two intercoolers - one to feed each of the turbo chargers - mounted low on either side of the main radiator to catch a constant supply of fresh, cool air.

Maserati Powertrain has implemented on-demand ancillaries, with a variable displacement oil pump that works under electrical control for improved consumption and performance. The Ghibli also features the I.C.E. (Increased Control & Efficiency) driving mode, aimed at reducing consumption, emissions and noise. It delivers softer pedal response for smooth driving, cancels the turbocharger’s over-boost function and keeps the exhaust’s “sport” flaps closed up to 5,000 rpm. It also adjusts the gear changes to make them softer and slower and reduces torque at each gear’s take-up point.

Maserati Soundtrack

In the best Maserati tradition, the sound and performance of the Ghibli’s exhaust system are controlled by pneumatic valves in the pipes emerging from each bank to maintain the rich aural tradition of the brand.

In “normal” mode, the bypass valves are closed up to 3,000 rpm to give a comfortable and discreet engine sound, which emerges through four sport exhaust tips. The “sport” mode not only adjusts a variety of handling parameters but also opens the exhaust valves, providing the shortest possible, high-energy route for the exhaust gases, guaranteeing the maximum engine performance of the Ghibli and the unique Maserati engine sound.

Ghibli - 350 hp V6 Twin Turbo

The turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 gasoline engine available on the Ghibli now delivers 350 hp at 5,000 rpm - 20 hp more than in the previous version - and 500 Nm torque from 1,750 up to 4,500 rpm in over-boost mode. Fuel consumption is just 8.9 litres/100 km and COemissions 207 grams/km. The 350 hp Ghibli is capable of accelerating to 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 267 km/h.

Ghibli S & SQ4 - 410 hp V6 Twin Turbo

The Ghibli S and SQ4 feature the most powerful version of the 2,979 cc V6 engine, which shares part of its technology with the

3.0-litre V6 engine available on the Quattroporte S and SQ4. It uses the same gasoline direct injection technology, cylinder architecture and combustion technology along with two low-inertia parallel turbochargers and four continuous camshaft phasers.

With 410 hp at 5,500 rpm, the V6 available on the Ghibli S and SQ4 delivers a powerful drive with a torque of 550 Nm between 1,750 rpm and 5,000 rpm. The maximum engine speed is 6,500 rpm, yet it delivers 90 percent of its 550 Nm of torque from 1,600 rpm. It also has an over-boost function that is capable of providing the engine’s maximum boost between 1,750 rpm and 5,000 rpm.

Ghibli Diesel

The Ghibli Diesel is the first diesel-powered car in Maserati history. The 3.0 litre V6 Turbodiesel with Common-Rail direct injection has been exclusively developed by Maserati. The Euro 6 homologated unit includes Ad Blue technology, the Start&Stop system, which results in overall fuel and CO2 emission reductions of up to 6%, and an Active Sound System that gives it a thrilling exhaust growl.

This engine produces a best-in-its-class power output of 275 hp, while still achieving a CO2 figure of 158 g/km. Fuel consumption of 5.9 l/100 km in the combined cycle and a 70-litre tank ensure a long range of over 1,000 kilometres, making the Ghibli Diesel a car that really serves the needs of customers who use their vehicles to travel long distances for work or leisure.

The Ghibli Diesel boasts a maximum torque of 600 Nm between 2,000-2,600 rpm (with over-boost turbocharging). It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds before going on to a top speed of 250 km/h.

The state-of-the-art engine includes Ad Blue technology and Euro 6 homologation, as well as a Common-Rail direct injection with system pressure of up to 2,000 bars. Multiple injections reduce fuel consumption and noise levels while also improving responsiveness and agility. In addition, the variable geometry turbocharger with variable nozzle turbine allows the engine to deliver both high output and high torque from low revolutions.

The Start&Stop system generates overall fuel and CO2 emission efficiencies of up to 6%. This function is automatically deactivated in “sport” mode and when the driver turns the stability control off. It can also be deactivated from the cluster display controls using the steering-wheel buttons.

Active Sound System

Thanks to Maserati Active Sound technology, the Ghibli Diesel sounds just as good as the famed Maserati gasoline engines, with a truly thrilling exhaust growl. Two sound actuators, fitted near the exhaust tailpipes, accentuate the engine’s most distinctive tones and modulate them according to the way the car is being driven. The actuator transforms the exhaust tones into an unmistakable sound, full-bodied yet restrained in “normal” mode and much sportier and more aggressive in “sport” mode.

 8-speed automatic & Q4 AWD

  • ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox
  • Intelligent Q4 AWD system
  • Mechanical rear limited-slip differential as standard

All versions of the Ghibli are fitted with the same ZF AT8 - HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission, also installed on the Quattroporte.

The transmission caters for all demands, from comfort to fast gear shifting, and from minimized fuel consumption to low Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH). There are five dedicated shift modes: “Auto Normal”, “Auto Sport”, “Manual Normal”, “Manual Sport” and “I.C.E.” mode.

“Auto Normal” is the Ghibli’s default setting and performs its gear changes with smooth shifts at low engine speeds to emphasize the car’s comfort and to minimize fuel consumption.

The “Auto Sport” mode sees the transmission switch the drive character to change gears with greater alacrity at higher engine speeds and delivers distinct gear engagement to enhance the powertrain’s sporting feel.

The car also recognizes a variety of conditions, such as whether it is travelling up or down hill, is braking hard or is driving through a corner, and selects the best gear and the best gear-shift style accordingly.

The transmission can also be controlled manually by selecting the M button on the transmission tunnel.

In “Manual Normal” mode, the driver can change gear with either the elongated gearshift paddles besides the steering column or by using the gear lever. The driver is in charge of the gear selection, though the system will intervene and change to a lower gear if the engine revs drop too low or change to a higher gear if the engine revs climb too high.

In “Manual Sport” mode gear shifts are at their fastest and crispest, giving the driver full control of the powertrain. The system will not intervene, even if the driver strikes the engine’s rev limiter. It will only intervene if the engine’s revs drop too low to be effective in a given gear.

I.C.E. (Increased Control & Efficiency) mode is designed for remarkable fuel economy, relaxed driving and extremely low grip conditions. The transmission changes gear as softly as possible, both going up through the gears and returning back down. All gearshift modes can be selected via buttons on the left of the gearshift.

Ghibli SQ4: AWD the Maserati way

As an option, Maserati offers the Ghibli S together with an All Wheel Drive system for genuine all-weather capability: the Q4 AWD system maximizes traction on every surface. The Ghibli SQ4 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds, slightly faster than the Ghibli S with rear-wheel drive, while maintaining almost identical fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Its top speed is 284 km/h.

The Q4 system has been conceived to convey a typical Maserati rear-wheel driving experience, even on low grip road conditions. The system architecture is based on an electronically controlled multi-plate wet clutch, installed into a transfer case linked by a drive shaft to the front axle.

The system acts by transferring traction to the front wheels on demand and with an immediate response. In normal driving conditions, the system provides 100% of the engine torque to the rear wheels; this also to optimize fuel consumption and emissions. In low grip driving conditions (slippery or loose road surfaces) or in the case of a loss of grip at the rear axle (acceleration from zero or very high cornering speed) the system reacts instantaneously, transferring the necessary traction to the front wheels.

If traction is lost due to excessively fast cornering, sudden acceleration or very low grip on the rear axle, in a mere 150 milliseconds the Q4 all-wheel drive system is capable of altering the torque split from 100% rear wheel drive to equal distribution (50%-50%) between the front and rear wheels.

When conditions require, the Q4 All Wheel Drive system, with its variable torque control, is activated constantly and continuously. While the change in torque split is imperceptible, for the keenest drivers a monitoring system is integrated in the 7” cluster display which shows the front to rear distribution in real time.

While driving, a sophisticated algorithm specifically developed by Maserati is capable of monitoring an extensive range of dynamic vehicle parameters in real time, like wheel speed, steering and yaw angle, power output, speed, braking action and ESP, as well as wheel grip versus driving style.

Processing all this data, the Q4 system can maximize a dedicated grip profile for each single wheel, creating the optimal vehicle dynamic management to suit any given road condition, at any time. This strategy has the sole objective of optimizing the balance between driving pleasure and safety.

Limited-Slip Differential

The Ghibli is the only car in its class to use a standard mechanical limited slip differential in all of its versions in order to deliver the best inherent traction in all driving situations.

The bevel-drive, asymmetric unit offers 35 percent lock-up under power and 45 percent under release.

The rear differential is driven via a two-piece, 80 mm-thick light-weight steel prop shaft with two constant velocity joints and a head rubber coupling, which runs through a cross member-mounted rubber bearing for lower NVH levels without compromising rigidity.

Grand Touring in absolute comfort

  • Extensive use of aluminium in chassis, body and suspension
  • Ideal 50:50% weight distribution
  • Double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension

The chassis of the Ghibli shares its core architecture with the Quattroporte and has been precisely designed to meet the performance and comfort demands of Maserati buyers while maximising safety aspects.

Based around a rigid and extremely secure steel cell, it uses an array of different steel and aluminium alloys, each designated a precise task to maximise strength, minimise weight and retain the sports saloon’s perfect 50:50 weight distribution models.

The front of the chassis features an aluminium casting with a reinforced cross-strut which helps deliver outstanding rigidity in all directions, while the rear of the chassis is made from rolled steel.

Accordingly, all four doors and the bonnet are made of aluminium. Ultra-light weight magnesium is used in the dashboard’s cross strut.

Front Double Wishbone - rear Multi Link Suspension

Double wishbone suspension layouts are a race-bred tradition at Maserati and the Ghibli continues with this heritage but also incorporates some new technologies.

Utilizing a suspension layout and software system that has already proven its qualities in the Quattroporte, the Ghibli has high-mounted all-aluminium double wishbones at the front to guarantee light and precise handling characteristics. The geometry of the system has delivered a quadrilateral architecture, which has enabled Maserati’s handling team to deliver steering that is precise, communicative and comfortable.

The rear suspension employs a five-bar multi-link system with four aluminium suspension arms, and has achieved the conflicting targets of executive ride comfort and sports performance.

The Ghibli’s suspension package is based around a fixed rate damping system to control the movement of its steel springs and anti-roll bars.

The Ghibli is also available with the option (included in the new Sport pack) of the Skyhook adaptive damping system, where all four dampers can now be electronically controlled independently of each other.

The default mode for the Skyhook system prioritizes comfort, and then becomes more athletic if the driver presses the suspension button. This extra damping stiffness, which was developed in both extreme test scenarios and on the racetrack, pushes the Ghibli’s handling to even higher levels. .

Essentially, it drastically reduces both longitudinal and lateral load transfers and minimizes body roll to bring out the sportiest side of the car’s character. The computer system in control of the Skyhook dampers monitors an enormous array of parameters including speed and lateral and longitudinal acceleration, individual wheel movements, body movement and damper dynamics. Adjusting also to suit the suspension mode chosen by the driver, the system delivers the perfect damping mode for each wheel almost instantly.

Brakes

The Ghibli and the Ghibli Diesel feature four-piston brakes with fixed alloy Brembo calipers and 345x28 mm ventilated discs in the front; floating calipers with 330x22 mm ventilated discs in the rear. *EU Market: all versions equipped with Dual Cast Brembo Braking System (360x32mm Front & 345x28mm Rear).

The Ghibli S and SQ4 have Dual Cast 360x32mm brakes ventilated and cross-drilled with six-piston fixed alloy Brembo calipers on the front axle, while the rear axle is fitted with four-piston fixed alloy 345x28 mm Brembo calipers.

The Dual Cast technology, pioneered by Maserati, allows the weight of the cast-iron braking surface area to be offset with an alloy hat to minimise unsprung mass.

These brakes have a large swept area, highly efficient cooling and are designed for consistent performance in sports driving situations.

At 100 km/h the Ghibli S & SQ4 stop in 35 metres. But high-performance stopping power is only one measure of overall braking performance and the collaboration with Brembo also concentrated on optimizing the acoustic comfort of the Ghibli’s breaking systems.

Besides being powerful, the Maserati brake calipers have also always added a significant touch of style. Ghibli and Ghibli Diesel have standard matte grey calipers while the Ghibli S & SQ4 calipers are matte black. The Luxury pack also stands out for the painted black calipers and the Sport pack for the calipers painted red. Maserati blue, painted silver and polished silver are additional options for the calipers. 

Hydraulic steering

The Ghibli uses a technological aluminium steering box, developed specifically for the high-performance front-suspension geometry, to deliver more response, more consistency at high speed and easy manoeuvring at low speed. This allows Maserati’s suspension engineers to deliver extreme precision combined with the steering sensitivity needed when turning into corners at high speeds.

It also has a reduced steering ratio, which delivers a level of agility that is rare for this class, and while it is comfortable in all situations, the steering feel is geared up towards driving enjoyment.

In line with customer feedback, Maserati has bypassed the trend for electro-hydraulic steering systems. The Ghibli employs a speed-sensitive, servo-powered hydraulic system that prevents unpleasantly artificial assistance when the driver turns the wheel quickly.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Blind Spot Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning with Advanced Brake Assist
  • Automated Emergency Braking
  • New Rear View Camera with dynamic lines
  • Surround View Camera
  • Park Assist

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function

The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with integrated Stop & Go function, which is included in the optional package of Driver Assistance Systems, further increases comfort and safety when driving on main roads and motorways. The ACC allows the driver to keep cruise control engaged without having to constantly reset the system when approaching slower moving vehicles.

When activated (from 30 to 210 km/h), ACC constantly monitors the space between the Ghibli and the vehicle ahead, maintaining a safe pre-set distance. If the traffic slows or another vehicle moves in front, it slows the car down by making it coast or by engaging the brakes. Conversely, when the vehicle ahead speeds up or moves into another lane, the system accelerates up to the pre-set speed.

The ACC uses a radar sensor, located on the front grille and a front-looking camera behind the internal rear-view mirror to detect the presence of a vehicle ahead. If the ACC is automatically braking, the stoplights activate  as if the driver is braking.

Thanks to the integrated Stop & Go function, the car will adjust to the target vehicle’s speed until it comes to a complete stop and will set off automatically within 2 seconds.

Blind Spot Alert & Rear Cross Path

The Blind Spot Alert informs the driver through visual and audible signals when a vehicle enters the blind spot zones; this important safety feature, which had been introduced in the MY16 Ghibli as an option, is designed to avoid unwanted collisions while the driver changes lane. BSA is conceived to reduce the risks involved in changing lane, monitoring the blind spot areas using two radar based sensors located inside the rear bumper fascia; when a vehicle approaches from behind, the LED warning signal embedded in the side mirrors lights up while a chime alert also sounds.

The area beside and behind the car is monitored at speeds above 10 km/h in order to avoid unwanted collisions with vehicles such as automobiles, trucks or motorcycles.

The Rear Cross Path function issues the same alerts also when reversing out of a parking space; this feature is intended to help drivers reverse out of parking spaces where their view of oncoming vehicles may be blocked. Using sensors located on either side of the rear bumper, it detects any vehicles or objects that are moving towards the side of the vehicle from between a minimum speed of approximately 1 to 3 km/h to a maximum of approximately 16 km/h, such as in parking lot situations.

Lane Departure Warning

The Lane Departure Warning (LDW) has been designed specifically for motorway driving in order to reduce the risk of the vehicle accidentally departing from its chosen lane.

If the vehicle unintentionally crosses the lane markers, graphic instructions on the instrument panel together with an acoustic chime warn the driver that the vehicle is veering out of its lane. When the indicators are activated no warning is given.

The system uses a front looking camera in the interior rear-view mirror. The LDW can be de-activated from the Maserati Touch Control Plus and is reactivated automatically every time the engine restarts. The system works only at speeds over 70 km/h.

Forward Collision Warning with Advanced Brake Assist

The Forward Collision Warning (FCW) monitors vehicles ahead by means of a camera and warns the driver via visual and audible alerts when they are in danger of a possible rear-end collision.

If the driver brakes and the system determines that the driver has not applied sufficient brake force, the Advanced Brake Assist will compensate for this and provide the appropriate amount of additional braking.

Automated Emergency Braking

AEB is an active system that provides braking support when collision is imminent. The system is designed to avoid collision or to reduce collision energy.

A potential collision is identified by the Adaptive Cruise Control radar and a forward looking camera. The driver is provided with visual and audible alerts as an early warning to start braking. If the driver does not take action, the system will brake autonomously to help slow the vehicle down and minimise the impact.

New Rear View Camera with dynamic lines

A next-generation rear view camera is offered with the new Driver Assistance package. The camera, located above the license plate, turns on automatically when the reverse gear is selected and shows the area behind the car on the new high resolution head unit display. The camera utilizes the rear parking sensors to both visually and acoustically alert the driver about potential objects or obstructions.

The Dynamic reference lines provide a clear orientation system when parking or during tight manoeuvres. Dynamic grid lines represent the maximum width of the car and the projected path based on the steering angle signal.

Optional Surround View Camera

A new Surround View Camera system is available as part of the Driver Assistance Systems Plus. It uses four cameras in total - two lateral cameras housed underneath the side mirrors, one camera in the front and one in the rear - and provides a clear 360° view around the car on a top-down image in the new high resolution display.

It is activated automatically in reverse gear or manually via the soft button on the 8.4” hi-res display and provides different selectable views: front, front cross (180°), rear, rear cross and top view. It also shows open doors and parking guide lines.

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

The system, which is available as standard on all Ghibli versions, continuously monitors tyre pressure with a sensor mounted inside the rim as part of the valve; the pressure can be read off the display on the dashboard. In the case of a puncture or a change in tyre pressure, the system notifies the driver with visual and acoustic warnings.

Speed Limiter Function

To ensure top level safety all* Ghibli cars allow the driver to set a maximum speed limit though the Active Speed Limiter function. This can be activated and deactivated using the button on the steering wheel. If the driver decides to override the limit in extreme situations he just has to “kick down” (providing significant accelerator pedal input) and thus exceed the set speed.

* not available in the US market

Active and Passive safety

  • Maserati Stability Program
  • Passive Safety Systems

Maserati Stability Program

Maserati drivers have long known about the benefits of the Maserati Stability Program (MSP) and the Ghibli’s system has been further refined. Developed in the most extreme test conditions, the MSP uses a wide array of sensors to detect any need to intervene on the driver’s behalf. MSP adds a layer of security on top of the Ghibli’s inherent chassis stability. It constantly measures the car’s handling and grip and combines a host of safety and performance systems to maintain the car’s optimum handling.

Two of the main elements of the MSP’s operation are the engine and the brakes. If skidding is detected, the MSP reduces the engine’s torque output and can activate the brakes with finely varied inputs to restore the car’s stability within milliseconds.

The other key systems that make up MSP include:

  • ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Anti Slip Regulation (ASR)
  • Motor Spin Regulator (MSR) that prevents the wheels from locking when downshifting on low-grip surfaces.
  • Advanced Brake Assist (ABA), which recognises emergency braking situations and increases the pressure in the braking circuit.
  • Hill Holder, which automatically connects to the braking system to prevent roll back

Passive Safety Systems

The Ghibli’s passive safety equipment has been designed to achieve maximum peace of mind. The Ghibli achieves five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test without compromising its weight or fuel consumption.

Maserati has balanced these conflicting demands by using hot-formed steels in critical areas of the passenger compartment for added occupant safety, while using aluminium in other areas to save weight.

In particular, the front of the passenger compartment (the pillars and under-door mouldings) features hot-moulded steel components, with a magnesium dashboard strut to save weight, while the rear is stiffened with high strength steel.

The crash bars at the front and rear of the car are made of extruded aluminium, while the doors and bonnetare in aluminium.

Maserati’s engineers added a third crash load path to the front structure of the car to help dissipate load and distribute the forces on the car to guarantee the stability of the body structure in frontal impacts.

Seven-Airbag system

The Ghibli is equipped with a seven-airbag system and anti-whiplash front headrests. At the front, two-stage airbags are concealed from the occupants inside the steering wheel and dashboard to protect the head in frontal accidents while a knee airbag protects the driver’s legs and reduces the femur load in crash situations. The chest and hips of the front occupants are further protected by the side airbags beneath the seat leather. The sides of the occupants’ heads are protected by two head “curtain” bags mounted in the roof of the car, next to the B-pillar. The “curtain” bag protects the heads of the front and rear occupants against lateral impact.

Seat belts and restraint systems

The front seats are brimming with safety equipment designed to reduce trauma to the occupant's cervical vertebrae. If the car is involved in a rear-end accident, its active headrests automatically reduce the distance between their surface and the passenger's head.

The front three-point seatbelts are equipped with load-limiting pyrotechnic pre-tensioners, which come into action in the event of a collision to hold the passengers securely and prevent or minimize injury.

The front seatbelts are fitted with height adjusters to adapt the height of the seatbelts to the occupant's height, not only improving comfort but also safety.

 Ghibli development & testing

The Ghibli is built together with the Quattroporte on the same production line at the Avv. Giovanni Agnelli plant in Grugliasco, near Turin. The plant is home to state-of-the-art technologies and production processes in line with the latest quality standards at the very top of the industry. Every single Ghibli is put through a quality assurance test as it emerges from the production line.

A long and rigorous program of reliability tests was included in the testing programme during the model’s development:

  •  More than 6,000,000 test kilometres.
  • A fleet of more than 90 Ghibli vehicles.
  • Hundreds of thousands of kilometres of additional tests to validate every modification.
  • Every single component tested for endurance, quality & noise.
  • Testing in extreme heat in South Africa and Morocco.
  • Testing in extreme cold in Sweden and New Zealand.
  • Severe process controls, including four in ‘Body-in-White’.
  • Three in painting.
  • Four in the assembly process.
  • Additional electronics, dynamometer and water testing.
  • More than 700 control checks for each car in production.
  • Final, 30-minute quality audit before delivery to the customer.
  • On-road 40 km test before delivery to the customer.

For the development of the MY17 Ghibli a total of 840,000test kilometres were travelled in the hinterland of Turin. New Sport and Carbon features were thoroughly tested in extreme hot and cold conditions from Sicily to the Italian Alps.

 

 

GHIBLI DIESEL (250 hp)

GHIBLI DIESEL (275 hp)

GHIBLI

GHIBLI S

GHIBLI SQ4

ENGINE

Layout

Turbodiesel 600 V6

Petrol 600 V6, twin-turbo - direct injection GDI

Displacement (cc)

2,987

2,979

Bore x Stroke (mm)

83.0 x 92.0

86.5 x 84.5

Compression ratio

16.5:1

9.7:1

Max. Power (kW/hp @ rpm)

184/250 @ 4,000

202/275 @ 4,000

257/350 @ 5,500

302/410 @ 5,500

Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm)

600 @ 2,000 - 2,600

500 @ 4,500

550 @ 5,000

Overboost Torque (Nm/rpm)

---

500 @1,750 - 4,500

550 @ 1,750 - 5,000

Maximum engine (rpm)

---

6,500

Fuel Delivery

Common Rail

Direct Fuel Injection

Injection Pressure (bar)

2,000

200

Induction

Ball bearing VG turbo

Two twin-scroll turbochargers

Crankshaft

Forged steel

High resistance nitride steel with 4 main bearings

Lubrication

Variable displacement oil pump

Wet sump

Valve drive

DOHC

Chain-driven DOHC per bank with double continuous cam phasing

PERFORMANCE

0-100 km/h (sec)

6.7

6.3

5.5

5.0

4.8

Top Speed (km/h)

240

250

267

285

284

100-0 km/h (m)

36.0

35.5

35.0

CONSUMPTION & EMISSIONS

Urban (l/100 km)

7.7

7.7

12.6

13.8

14.1

Extra-Urban (l/100 km)

4.9

4.9

6.8

7.1

7.1

Comb. NEDC (l/100 km)

5.9

5.9

8.9

9.6

9.7

CO2 Emissions Combined (g/km)

158

158

207

223

226

CO2 Emissions Urban (g/km)

204

204

292

321

328

CO2 Emissions Ext-Urban (g/km)

132

132

158

165

165

* data valid for EU Market

 

 

GHIBLI DIESEL (250 hp)

GHIBLI DIESEL (275 hp)

GHIBLI

GHIBLI S

GHIBLI SQ4

TRANSMISSION RATIO

First

4.71

Second

3.14

Third

2.11

Fourth

1.67

Fifth

1.28

Sixth

1.00

Seventh

0.84

Eighth

0.67

Reverse

3.32

Final Drive

2.80

SUSPENSION

Front

Double Wishbone, anti-roll bar

Rear

Multi Link, anti-roll bar

BRAKES

Front

345 x 28 mm ventilated discs, Brembo 4-piston fixed calipers

360 x 32 mm ventilated & drilled discs, Brembo 6-piston fixed calipers

Rear

330 x 22 mm ventilated discs, single piston floating calipers

345 x 28 mm ventilated & drilled discs, Brembo 4-piston fixed calipers

TYRES

Front

235/50 R18

235/50 R18

Rear

275/45 R18

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTS

Length (mm)

4,971

Width (mm)

1,945 - 2,128 (with mirrors)

Height (mm)

1,461

Wheelbase (mm)

2,998

Front Track (mm)

1,635

Rear Track (mm)

1,653

Luggage (l)

500

Fuel Capacity (l)

70

80

Kerb Weight (kg)

1,875

1,810

1,810

1,870

Turning circle (m)

11.7

   * data valid for EU Market  

Maserati Ghibli MY17

The Ghibli MY17 adopts additional high-tech content in the area of on-board comfort and driver assistance while offering an even higher degree of customisation thanks to the new Luxury and Sport packages.

For the MY17 upgrade the Maserati Ghibli range remains faithful to its DNA while offering unmistakable class, top-quality performance and a thrilling yet comfortable driving experience in a premium saloon that is more desirable than ever before.

The exterior design stands out for its coupé-like philosophy and several unique features in the E High-End Segment, like the distinctive c-pillar that bears the iconic “Saetta” logo, the frameless doors, the pronounced grille that resembles iconic Maserati cars of the ‘50s and the four exhaust chromium-plated pipes on all versions.

When it was launched, the Ghibli offered the highest degree of customisation in its segment. The MY17 takes a further step towards satisfying individual taste with the introduction of two new packages, Luxury and Sport, which enhance the standard features of every Maserati. The packages are designed to appeal to customers with differing tastes. 

The Luxury and Sport packages personalise the exterior finish and create a focused environment for the driver and passengers. Two Carbon packages, one with exterior and the other with interior elements, are now available as a further customisation option and an upgrade for the Sport Package.

The  MY17 Ghibli benefits from interior upgrades as well.  The central dashboard has been redesigned to accommodate a high resolution 8.4” screen with multi touch function. The new infotainment system is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring functions. The central, lower console has also been redesigned and now hosts a rotary knob to control volume and functions, a new lid and a new phone storage compartment.

All versions of the Ghibli are now equipped with Air Quality Sensor, a feature that substantially improves the comfort of occupants           on-board. The system combines an intelligent sensor and a signal analysis system that calculates the external pollution levels and prevents polluted air and toxic gases from entering the cabin.

A new package of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems is available as an option. It includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind Spot Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning with advanced Brake Assist and Automated Emergency Braking. An additional Surround View Camera is available as an option in combination with the ADAS package.

In terms of engines, both versions of the petrol range, the Ghibli and Ghibli S, feature the acclaimed, Ferrari built, Euro 6 homologated Twin Turbo-charged 3.0-litre V6 engine with the 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, which now features the Start&Stop function.

The Ghibli now delivers 350 hp, 20 hp more than in the previous model year, an increased top speed of 267 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds.

The Ghibli S, with its power output of 410 hp, accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 285 km/h. The Ghibli S is also available with the Q4 All Wheel Drive system. The Ghibli SQ4 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds, up to a top speed of 284 km/h. The Ghibli Diesel with its Euro 6, 3.0-litre V6 engine, which is exclusively developed by Maserati together with VM Motori, produces a power output of 275 hp, amongst the best in its class.

The Ghibli shares parts of its core architecture - chassis, suspension layout, V6 engines and ZF 8-speed automatic transmission - with the Quattroporte. It is, however, 293 mm shorter and 50 kg lighter than the flagship Italian saloon.

Dynamic and precise handling is guaranteed by the car’s perfectly balanced 50:50 weight distribution while the sophisticated suspension system and the standard limited slip differential make every ride even more enjoyable. The Ghibli has been awarded five Euro NCAP stars in collision testing, giving the driver and passengers complete peace of mind.

Maserati Ghibli MY17

  • New Luxury & Sport packages with individual contents
  • 0 V6 petrol version with 350 hp (+20 hp than MY16)
  • Increased top speed of 267 km/h for Ghibli 350 hp
  • New infotainment system with hi-res 8.4” touch screen
  • Redesigned central console with rotary knob
  • Standard Air Quality Sensor on all versions
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems optional package
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning with advanced Brake Assist
  • Automated Emergency Braking
  • Surround View Camera with front and rear dynamic lines

 

 

GHIBLI DIESEL (250 hp)

GHIBLI DIESEL (275 hp)

GHIBLI 

GHIBLI S

GHIBLI SQ4

ENGINE

Layout

Turbodiesel 600 V6

Petrol 600 V6, twin-turbo - direct injection GDI

Displacement (cc)

2,987

2,979

Max. Power (kW/hp @ rpm)

184/250 @ 4,000

202/275 @ 4,000

257/350 @ 5,500

302/410 @ 5,500

Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm)

600 @ 2,000 - 2,600

500 @ 4,500

550 @ 5,000

Consumption NEDC (l/100 km)

5.9

5.9

8.9

9.6

9.7

CO2 Emissions Combined (g/km)

158

158

207

223

226

0-100 km/h (sec)

6,7

6.3

5.5

5.0

4.8

Top Speed (km/h)

240

250

267

285

284

100-0 km/h (m)

36.0

35.5

35.0

Gearbox

8-speed automatic ZF AT8 - HP70

Transmission

RWD with Limited Slip Differential

Q4 AWD

with rear LSD

Front Suspension

Double Wishbone, anti-roll bar

Rear Suspension

Multi Link, anti-roll bar

Length/width/height (mm)

4971 / 1,945 / 1,461

Wheelbase (mm)

2,998

Tyres (standard)

235/50 R18 (front)

235/50 R18 (front)
275/45 R18 (rear)

in brief key data

 

Timeless design, more customisation

While the exterior styling of the Maserati Ghibli sports saloon remains untouched for the MY17, the introduction of the Luxury and Sport packages provides an even higher degree of customisation, dedicated to customers with distinctive styles.

With the longest wheelbase in the category, a total length of 4.97 m and wide tracks, the Ghibli demonstrates a perfect blend of sportiness and elegance that is second to none in its class. Compared to the Quattroporte, the Ghibli is 293 mm shorter and 50 kg lighter. The wheelbase is 2,998 mm, 173 mm shorter than that of the flagship saloon.

The outline of the body reflects a coupé-like philosophy, while there are noticeable feline hints around the grille and the headlights. The pronounced grille is reminiscent of the iconic A6 GCS of the 1950’s. The headlights converge onto the Trident, with every angle designed to draw the attention to Maserati’s legendary symbol.

The distinctive C-pillar is responsible for much of the Ghibli’s coupé-like feel and hosts the classical “Saetta” Maserati logo, continuing a tradition dating back to 1963. The side profile is dominated by swaged lines on the bodywork that give it muscular impact; they run from the unmistakable Maserati air vents behind the front wheels through to the rear wheel arches and rear lights, without intersecting.

The Ghibli’s body and underbody design fulfil the sporty promise of its appearance with a low drag coefficient of 0.31 that contributes to reducing fuel consumption and improving stability at high speeds.

The Ghibli can be fitted with a selection of aluminium rims ranging from 18 to 21 inches, all of which enhance the car’s visual appearance and are engineered to lower the unsprung mass for better grip and handling. While the 18’’ and 19” and the majority of 20” alloy rims are crafted using flow-forming technology that reduces the core thickness of the wheels and prioritizes lightness without sacrificing stiffness and strength, the 21” and the new 20” design rims are in forged alloy for even lower weight and thinner spokes.

Luxury and Sport oriented customisations

Luxury and sportiness, the essential elements that form the DNA of every Maserati, are now represented in two new packages introduced in the MY17 Ghibli. Both packs are conceived to satisfy individual customer styles.

The Luxury pack gives the Ghibli exterior a touch of extra elegance and includes 19” “Poseidone” wheels, black brake calipers, exclusive Zegna Edition Silk or Full Premium Leather Interiors and 12-Way Power Comfort Seats with Memory function.

The Sport package gives the Ghibli an even sportier appearance and includes 20” Urano machine polished wheels, red brake calipers. Skyhook Adaptive Suspension, 12-Way Power Sport Seats, and a Sport Steering Wheel.

An exterior Carbon Package, which emphasises the Ghibli’s racing DNA, is available as a further customisation option. It includes door handles, external mirrors, B-pillar /C-pillar covers and rear trunk spoiler in carbon fibre.

Adaptive Front-lighting System

The Ghibli’s distinctive headlights are fitted with Bi-xenon and LED daytime running lights.

The Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), which is standard on the Ghibli S and SQ4, actively adjusts the headlight depth to combine an outstanding view of the road with very low glare for oncoming traffic. Each headlight includes LED daytime running lights, with a light shape that provides instant recognisability in both day and night running. Each light also contains direction indicators, LED side position lights and a side reflector.

With a video camera integrated into the rear-view mirror, the lighting system offers beam control specifically for motorway driving which increases the depth of the light beam without the need for manual high beam activation.

Sensors monitor driving style and speed and if the road is clear, the beam depth offers the greatest depth and width, combined with the directional rotation of the headlights themselves.

In addition, there are four different automatic lighting setups: for city driving, for motorway conditions, for low visibility and for driving on the opposite side of the road in applicable countries. Each of these modes automatically activates a strategy to best illuminate the road surface. The Town Beam turns on below 45 km/h and sets the beam wider and shallower, giving a better view for turning and for peripheral danger zones while causing minimum disturbance for fellow road users.

The LED tail lights have been designed to offer maximum visibility while maintaining a recognisable style. They integrate the position light function in an illuminated ring running right around the tail light itself. Inside this ring are the brake lights, the direction indicators, the reverse lights and the fog lights. The outside reflector and LED side position lights round off the unit.

More refined, more individual

The Ghibli’s elegant interior is further upgraded with new hi-tech contents while the introduction of the Luxury and Sport packages maximises the opportunities for customisation.

The Ghibli entered the E High-End Segment in 2013 with a tangible advantage in cabin craftsmanship and detailing. It also set itself apart with a unique, cockpit-inspired dashboard design that perfectly matched its sporty, driver-oriented character without compromising on the refinement and sophistication typical of every Maserati.

The Ghibli’s interior is built around a driver interface that is intuitive, uncluttered and simple to use. The instrument cluster features large analogue gauges for the tachometer and speedometer, alongside a 7” TFT display. Major dynamic functionalities are incorporated into the buttons alongside the gearshift, while other on-board settings can be set via the upgraded - for 2017 - Maserati Touch Control Plus at the centre of the dashboard, or the steering wheel controls for the 7" TFT display.

The central, lower console has been redesigned and now features a rotary knob - as introduced first in the Levante - that offers extremely intuitive control of audio volume and other functions of the infotainment system. The lid and the smartphone storage compartment have also been redesigned and are even more user-friendly.

The brand new infotainment system of the MY17 Ghibli is based on a high resolution 8.4” capacitive touch screen and offers compatibility with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring functions.

The Ghibli provides class-leading front legroom and, despite its coupé-like silhouette, comfortable head and leg room for all occupants.

The clever interior packaging also incorporates 60/40 folding rear seats and 500 litres of luggage capacity alongside the practical, climate controlled centre console compartment, large door pockets and a large climate controlled glove box facing the passenger. A large central tunnel separates the front seats and contains two cup holders as well as a 12 V power socket; the console houses a compartment for mobile phones as well as USB- and Aux-In sockets.

The driver’s seat in the Ghibli offers six-way electric adjustment*, while in the Ghibli S and SQ4 both front passenger seats are 12-way (8+4 lumbar) power adjustable. *For EU Markets; U.S. versions are equipped with Standard 12-way power front seats.

The rear seats can accommodate three people. They provide optimized lateral support and guarantee comfort even on long journeys. The foldable central armrest houses two cup holders and a storage box. The rear is equipped with ISOFIX fittings to securely anchor child seats.

Customisation with  Luxury or Sport packages

The essential elements that form the DNA of every Maserati are luxury and sportiness. These two elements are reflected in the new packages introduced in the 2017 Ghibli range.

With the adoption of the Luxury package, the Ghibli’s cabin is even more refined thanks to the Zegna edition Silk & Premium Leather upholstery which is exclusively available in the specific pack in combination with premium leather, Alcantara® headliner, upgradable wood trim and leather steering wheel with wooden inserts. The steering wheel comes in 3 colours (black, beige and brown) and is also available with a heating function as an option. The Luxury pack also includes a 900 W Harman Kardon Premium Audio System, power adjustable foot pedals and rear armrest with illuminated cup-holder*.*Luxury Package contents may vary according to the market.

The Sport package reflects the legendary racing heritage of every Maserati. The sport-oriented interior transmits a sense of passion and is immediately recognisable thanks to the new sport seats and sport steering wheel, fitted with aluminium gear shift paddles.

An array of exclusive contents is included in the Sport pack: the brand new sport steering wheel fitted with aluminium gear shift paddles, the inox sport pedals and the brand new sport seats are exclusively available as part of the Sport package.

The sport seats with anti-whiplash integrated headrests ensure better body retention in any driving situation while offering the same safety standard as before. They are available in three colours - black, red and tan - and in two different leather textures.

The new sport steering wheel has a sportier shape and is covered by full drilled leather. It comes in black and offers better grip, especially for performance driving. It is also available with a carbon fibre finish (in combination with the interior Carbon pack) and a heating function.

The Interior Carbon package (also available in combination with the Sport package) enhances the sporty nature of the Ghibli interior, making it feel like an  exclusiveand lightweight racing cockpit. The optional carbon package includes sport steering wheel with carbon inserts plus carbon gear shift paddles and carbon trims and door sills.

Ermenegildo Zegna interior

The Ermenegildo Zegna interior exclusively for Maserati combines fine grain leather with 100% natural fibre Zegna Mulberry Silk inserts on the seats, door panels, roof lining, sunshades and ceiling light fixture. It is exclusively available with the Luxury package. The Ermenegildo Zegna silk, always in the Anthracite colour, can be combined with three different shades of luxurious fine leather, for three individual looks:

  • Black colour fine grain leather
  • Tan colour fine grain leather
  • Red colour fine grain leather

Silk, an inherently sophisticated material, is further embellished by the hand-stitched macro-chevron; on the door panel, too, the matching salt and pepper silk jersey is enhanced by alternating rib embroidery.

As for the seating, the extra fine grain leather with contrasting light grey stitching is matched with a central silk insert with a micro-chevron weave of vertical rolls on the central seat and backrest area, within which the central roll, with leather tapes on the sides, features a special macro-chevron weave adding to its three-dimensional feel and technical look.

On the door panels, the central parts are covered with Zegna silk jersey and embellished by a diagonal roll pattern, with tone-on-tone ornamental stitching and alternating rib embroideries. The same fabric is used to cover the car's roof lining and sunshades, the latter including grosgrain “Ermenegildo Zegna Exclusively for Maserati” brand labels on the inside. The sophisticated, luxury finish of the car interior can also be seen in the headrests which feature an embroidered Trident emblem and contrast stitching.

This unique and exclusive silk is made in Trivero by the Zegna wool mill using a patented process.

New infotainment system

The MY17 Ghibli adopts a brand new infotainment system that includes a high resolution 8.4” multi touch screen and a user-friendly rotary knob in the central console.

The unit structure is new and the central dashboard has been redesigned to accommodate the high resolution 8.4” screen with multi touch function. A new Ghibli logo is visible on the head unit bezel. The brand new infotainment system is more stylish and offers improved interaction. It is also compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring functions.

By utilising the 8.4" high resolution capacitive touch screen, the user can control almost all of the Ghibli’s on-board equipment simply and intuitively.

The system includes features like the radio and the optional navigator. It also has a standard Bluetooth connection for external sources like cell phones and Apple devices.

The DVD reader is replaced by a phone storage compartment containing an SD card reader, USB socket and Aux-in port. Using them, the user can play music, watch films or even view images. Its menus have options to configure the car's main settings and the system's various menus are always available from the icons displayed at the bottom of the screen.

The MTC Plus also controls the front seat heating and ventilation, if present, the steering wheel heating and the optional rear window shade, as well as providing the screen for the reversing camera.  

User friendly rotary knob

The central, lower console has also been redesigned and now features a rotary knob that allows for extremely intuitive control of the audio volume and other functions of the infotainment system. The lid and the smartphone storage compartment have also been redesigned to be more user-friendly.

With the upper knob in “Radio” or “Media” mode, the user can adjust the volume or the tracks being played. The control also allows the user to adjust the beeping sound of the park assist system.

With the bottom knob in “Radio” or “Media” mode, the user can scroll through the radio stations available or stored in any connected external device and press “Enter” to make a selection. In any other mode of the MTC Plus, the bottom knob is used to scroll through the list of available options, followed by “Enter”.

Siri Smart Personal Assistant

Thanks to the Apple chip contained in the MTC Plus, a usable feature that exploits iOS functionality - an intelligent personal assistant - has been introduced. Based on Bluetooth technology, Siri allows users to perform iOS connected device tasks and make requests using voice commands. For this in-car application and for related safety reasons, while driving, responses that contain visual information or require user interaction will be blocked and Siri will only respond with suitable audio feedback and voice commands. The advantage is that Siri uses natural language to understand commands.

State-of-the-art Sound Systems

The standard 8-speaker, 280 W audio system can be upgraded to a Harman Kardon Premium Sound System with 10 speakers and a 900 watt amplifier. The extra 300 watts compared to the previous system, the aesthetical differentiation with the black finish grille pattern on the door’s woofer with the Harman Kardon logo and the new 12-channel amplifier, in conjunction with a high-performance subwoofer, represent the best trade-off between sound clarity and performance.

Bowers & Wilkins Surround System

Maserati also offers those who insist on the finest hi-fi equipment the option of the Bowers & Wilkins Premium Surround Sound system, with 15 speakers, a 1,280 watt amplifier and perfectly configured QuantumLogic™ Surround.

The Bowers & Wilkins Premium Surround Sound system features a central 100 mm Kevlar cone for midrange sound and three 25 mm tweeters at the centre and sides of the dashboard. The front doors house a 165 mm woofer and 100 mm Kevlar cone midrange speaker, while the rear doors each carry a 165 mm Kevlar woofer and 25 mm tweeter. The rear shelf has two 100 mm Kevlar midranges and a 315x200 mm subwoofer.

The technical Clari-Fi function that was introduced in the Ghibli MY16 is an advanced solution for digital music that is capable of restoring the artistic details lost in your digitally-compressed songs. Clari-Fi scans all types of compressed audio files for lost music details, supporting MP3, AAC, Satellite Radio, Playback and Streaming Music Services, and intelligently corrects waveform deficiencies based on existing music information and audio source quality. By recapturing the missing highs and lows, restoring the vocals to their natural tone, returning to a true stereo sound and removing unwanted distortions and artefacts, these features exclusive to the Bowers & Wilkins Premium Audio system set a new benchmark in automotive audio.

The system perfectly reproduces every nuance of the sound with the utmost dynamic purity.

As the QuantumLogic™ Surround Sound system processes each track, individual elements such as musical instruments and voices and the interior's reverb are identified, separated and processed into a surround sound field which is exceptionally realistic and precise and creates a perfectly defined audio image.

Wi-Fi Hotspot

The Ghibli can contain optional WLAN technology that effectively turns the car into a Wi-Fi Hotspot. Owners can place a SIM card into the WLAN router to receive Internet signals, which can be resent around the car as a wireless Internet signal. Up to three devices can be connected simultaneously.

Climate control with Air Quality Sensor

Ghibli is now equipped with Air Quality Sensor, a feature that substantially improves the comfort of occupants on-board. The system combines an intelligent sensor and a signal analysis system that calculates the external pollution levels and prevents polluted air and toxic gases from entering the cabin.

Keyless Entry

In the world of Maserati, small details are everything - right down to the design of the aluminium key, which reflects the Ghibli style and incorporates ‘Keyless Go’ technology. Once inside the car, the driver has only to press the ignition button to start the engine. The ‘Keyless Entry’ function enables the driver to open the doors or boot without ever touching the key.

Power Boot Lid with Hands-Free Mode

With the introduction of the Power Boot lid, the light aluminium boot lid is now autonomous in its closing phase. With its electric actuators and a motorised latch, the system makes it possible to open or close the boot automatically, ensuring that the lid is locked upon closing.  

What's more, it is possible to open and close the boot lid by simply moving your foot under the rear bumper. In this case, and for safety reasons, the lid will open or close only if the “Passive Entry” system acknowledges the presence of the key.

A range of high-performance 3-litre V6 engines

  • Petrol Twin Turbo V6 manufactured by Ferrari in Maranello
  • 0 V6 twin-turbo GDI petrol engine with 410 hp & 350 hp
  • 9 litres/100 km for the 275 hp diesel version
  • Euro 6 homologation for all engines

State-of-the-art Twin Turbo V6

The two Maserati Twin Turbo V6 engines featuring the latest GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) technology form the beating heart of the Ghibli.

The V6 petrol engines were designed by Maserati Powertrain and are manufactured by Ferrari in Maranello for the exclusive use of Maserati. These new-generation engines are powerful, exciting to drive and more eco-friendlythanks to the Start&Stop technology and Euro 6 homologation.

The 2,979 cc V6 engine shares part of its technology with the 3.0-litre V6 engine available on the Quattroporte. It uses the same Gasoline Direct Injection technology, cylinder architecture and combustion technology along with two low-inertia parallel turbochargers and four continuous camshaft phasers.

A characteristic feature of this Maserati engine family is the 200 bar direct fuel-injection system. This very high pressure helps atomise the fuel, thus improving the fuel-air mixture and optimising combustion at higher engine speeds.

The Ghibli has two intercoolers - one to feed each of the turbo chargers - mounted low on either side of the main radiator to catch a constant supply of fresh, cool air.

Maserati Powertrain has implemented on-demand ancillaries, with a variable displacement oil pump that works under electrical control for improved consumption and performance. The Ghibli also features the I.C.E. (Increased Control & Efficiency) driving mode, aimed at reducing consumption, emissions and noise. It delivers softer pedal response for smooth driving, cancels the turbocharger’s over-boost function and keeps the exhaust’s “sport” flaps closed up to 5,000 rpm. It also adjusts the gear changes to make them softer and slower and reduces torque at each gear’s take-up point.

Maserati Soundtrack

In the best Maserati tradition, the sound and performance of the Ghibli’s exhaust system are controlled by pneumatic valves in the pipes emerging from each bank to maintain the rich aural tradition of the brand.

In “normal” mode, the bypass valves are closed up to 3,000 rpm to give a comfortable and discreet engine sound, which emerges through four sport exhaust tips. The “sport” mode not only adjusts a variety of handling parameters but also opens the exhaust valves, providing the shortest possible, high-energy route for the exhaust gases, guaranteeing the maximum engine performance of the Ghibli and the unique Maserati engine sound.

Ghibli - 350 hp V6 Twin Turbo

The turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 gasoline engine available on the Ghibli now delivers 350 hp at 5,000 rpm - 20 hp more than in the previous version - and 500 Nm torque from 1,750 up to 4,500 rpm in over-boost mode. Fuel consumption is just 8.9 litres/100 km and COemissions 207 grams/km. The 350 hp Ghibli is capable of accelerating to 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 267 km/h.

Ghibli S & SQ4 - 410 hp V6 Twin Turbo

The Ghibli S and SQ4 feature the most powerful version of the 2,979 cc V6 engine, which shares part of its technology with the

3.0-litre V6 engine available on the Quattroporte S and SQ4. It uses the same gasoline direct injection technology, cylinder architecture and combustion technology along with two low-inertia parallel turbochargers and four continuous camshaft phasers.

With 410 hp at 5,500 rpm, the V6 available on the Ghibli S and SQ4 delivers a powerful drive with a torque of 550 Nm between 1,750 rpm and 5,000 rpm. The maximum engine speed is 6,500 rpm, yet it delivers 90 percent of its 550 Nm of torque from 1,600 rpm. It also has an over-boost function that is capable of providing the engine’s maximum boost between 1,750 rpm and 5,000 rpm.

Ghibli Diesel

The Ghibli Diesel is the first diesel-powered car in Maserati history. The 3.0 litre V6 Turbodiesel with Common-Rail direct injection has been exclusively developed by Maserati. The Euro 6 homologated unit includes Ad Blue technology, the Start&Stop system, which results in overall fuel and CO2 emission reductions of up to 6%, and an Active Sound System that gives it a thrilling exhaust growl.

This engine produces a best-in-its-class power output of 275 hp, while still achieving a CO2 figure of 158 g/km. Fuel consumption of 5.9 l/100 km in the combined cycle and a 70-litre tank ensure a long range of over 1,000 kilometres, making the Ghibli Diesel a car that really serves the needs of customers who use their vehicles to travel long distances for work or leisure.

The Ghibli Diesel boasts a maximum torque of 600 Nm between 2,000-2,600 rpm (with over-boost turbocharging). It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds before going on to a top speed of 250 km/h.

The state-of-the-art engine includes Ad Blue technology and Euro 6 homologation, as well as a Common-Rail direct injection with system pressure of up to 2,000 bars. Multiple injections reduce fuel consumption and noise levels while also improving responsiveness and agility. In addition, the variable geometry turbocharger with variable nozzle turbine allows the engine to deliver both high output and high torque from low revolutions.

The Start&Stop system generates overall fuel and CO2 emission efficiencies of up to 6%. This function is automatically deactivated in “sport” mode and when the driver turns the stability control off. It can also be deactivated from the cluster display controls using the steering-wheel buttons.

Active Sound System

Thanks to Maserati Active Sound technology, the Ghibli Diesel sounds just as good as the famed Maserati gasoline engines, with a truly thrilling exhaust growl. Two sound actuators, fitted near the exhaust tailpipes, accentuate the engine’s most distinctive tones and modulate them according to the way the car is being driven. The actuator transforms the exhaust tones into an unmistakable sound, full-bodied yet restrained in “normal” mode and much sportier and more aggressive in “sport” mode.

 8-speed automatic & Q4 AWD

  • ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox
  • Intelligent Q4 AWD system
  • Mechanical rear limited-slip differential as standard

All versions of the Ghibli are fitted with the same ZF AT8 - HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission, also installed on the Quattroporte.

The transmission caters for all demands, from comfort to fast gear shifting, and from minimized fuel consumption to low Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH). There are five dedicated shift modes: “Auto Normal”, “Auto Sport”, “Manual Normal”, “Manual Sport” and “I.C.E.” mode.

“Auto Normal” is the Ghibli’s default setting and performs its gear changes with smooth shifts at low engine speeds to emphasize the car’s comfort and to minimize fuel consumption.

The “Auto Sport” mode sees the transmission switch the drive character to change gears with greater alacrity at higher engine speeds and delivers distinct gear engagement to enhance the powertrain’s sporting feel.

The car also recognizes a variety of conditions, such as whether it is travelling up or down hill, is braking hard or is driving through a corner, and selects the best gear and the best gear-shift style accordingly.

The transmission can also be controlled manually by selecting the M button on the transmission tunnel.

In “Manual Normal” mode, the driver can change gear with either the elongated gearshift paddles besides the steering column or by using the gear lever. The driver is in charge of the gear selection, though the system will intervene and change to a lower gear if the engine revs drop too low or change to a higher gear if the engine revs climb too high.

In “Manual Sport” mode gear shifts are at their fastest and crispest, giving the driver full control of the powertrain. The system will not intervene, even if the driver strikes the engine’s rev limiter. It will only intervene if the engine’s revs drop too low to be effective in a given gear.

I.C.E. (Increased Control & Efficiency) mode is designed for remarkable fuel economy, relaxed driving and extremely low grip conditions. The transmission changes gear as softly as possible, both going up through the gears and returning back down. All gearshift modes can be selected via buttons on the left of the gearshift.

Ghibli SQ4: AWD the Maserati way

As an option, Maserati offers the Ghibli S together with an All Wheel Drive system for genuine all-weather capability: the Q4 AWD system maximizes traction on every surface. The Ghibli SQ4 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds, slightly faster than the Ghibli S with rear-wheel drive, while maintaining almost identical fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Its top speed is 284 km/h.

The Q4 system has been conceived to convey a typical Maserati rear-wheel driving experience, even on low grip road conditions. The system architecture is based on an electronically controlled multi-plate wet clutch, installed into a transfer case linked by a drive shaft to the front axle.

The system acts by transferring traction to the front wheels on demand and with an immediate response. In normal driving conditions, the system provides 100% of the engine torque to the rear wheels; this also to optimize fuel consumption and emissions. In low grip driving conditions (slippery or loose road surfaces) or in the case of a loss of grip at the rear axle (acceleration from zero or very high cornering speed) the system reacts instantaneously, transferring the necessary traction to the front wheels.

If traction is lost due to excessively fast cornering, sudden acceleration or very low grip on the rear axle, in a mere 150 milliseconds the Q4 all-wheel drive system is capable of altering the torque split from 100% rear wheel drive to equal distribution (50%-50%) between the front and rear wheels.

When conditions require, the Q4 All Wheel Drive system, with its variable torque control, is activated constantly and continuously. While the change in torque split is imperceptible, for the keenest drivers a monitoring system is integrated in the 7” cluster display which shows the front to rear distribution in real time.

While driving, a sophisticated algorithm specifically developed by Maserati is capable of monitoring an extensive range of dynamic vehicle parameters in real time, like wheel speed, steering and yaw angle, power output, speed, braking action and ESP, as well as wheel grip versus driving style.

Processing all this data, the Q4 system can maximize a dedicated grip profile for each single wheel, creating the optimal vehicle dynamic management to suit any given road condition, at any time. This strategy has the sole objective of optimizing the balance between driving pleasure and safety.

Limited-Slip Differential

The Ghibli is the only car in its class to use a standard mechanical limited slip differential in all of its versions in order to deliver the best inherent traction in all driving situations.

The bevel-drive, asymmetric unit offers 35 percent lock-up under power and 45 percent under release.

The rear differential is driven via a two-piece, 80 mm-thick light-weight steel prop shaft with two constant velocity joints and a head rubber coupling, which runs through a cross member-mounted rubber bearing for lower NVH levels without compromising rigidity.

Grand Touring in absolute comfort

  • Extensive use of aluminium in chassis, body and suspension
  • Ideal 50:50% weight distribution
  • Double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension

The chassis of the Ghibli shares its core architecture with the Quattroporte and has been precisely designed to meet the performance and comfort demands of Maserati buyers while maximising safety aspects.

Based around a rigid and extremely secure steel cell, it uses an array of different steel and aluminium alloys, each designated a precise task to maximise strength, minimise weight and retain the sports saloon’s perfect 50:50 weight distribution models.

The front of the chassis features an aluminium casting with a reinforced cross-strut which helps deliver outstanding rigidity in all directions, while the rear of the chassis is made from rolled steel.

Accordingly, all four doors and the bonnet are made of aluminium. Ultra-light weight magnesium is used in the dashboard’s cross strut.

Front Double Wishbone - rear Multi Link Suspension

Double wishbone suspension layouts are a race-bred tradition at Maserati and the Ghibli continues with this heritage but also incorporates some new technologies.

Utilizing a suspension layout and software system that has already proven its qualities in the Quattroporte, the Ghibli has high-mounted all-aluminium double wishbones at the front to guarantee light and precise handling characteristics. The geometry of the system has delivered a quadrilateral architecture, which has enabled Maserati’s handling team to deliver steering that is precise, communicative and comfortable.

The rear suspension employs a five-bar multi-link system with four aluminium suspension arms, and has achieved the conflicting targets of executive ride comfort and sports performance.

The Ghibli’s suspension package is based around a fixed rate damping system to control the movement of its steel springs and anti-roll bars.

The Ghibli is also available with the option (included in the new Sport pack) of the Skyhook adaptive damping system, where all four dampers can now be electronically controlled independently of each other.

The default mode for the Skyhook system prioritizes comfort, and then becomes more athletic if the driver presses the suspension button. This extra damping stiffness, which was developed in both extreme test scenarios and on the racetrack, pushes the Ghibli’s handling to even higher levels. .

Essentially, it drastically reduces both longitudinal and lateral load transfers and minimizes body roll to bring out the sportiest side of the car’s character. The computer system in control of the Skyhook dampers monitors an enormous array of parameters including speed and lateral and longitudinal acceleration, individual wheel movements, body movement and damper dynamics. Adjusting also to suit the suspension mode chosen by the driver, the system delivers the perfect damping mode for each wheel almost instantly.

Brakes

The Ghibli and the Ghibli Diesel feature four-piston brakes with fixed alloy Brembo calipers and 345x28 mm ventilated discs in the front; floating calipers with 330x22 mm ventilated discs in the rear. *EU Market: all versions equipped with Dual Cast Brembo Braking System (360x32mm Front & 345x28mm Rear).

The Ghibli S and SQ4 have Dual Cast 360x32mm brakes ventilated and cross-drilled with six-piston fixed alloy Brembo calipers on the front axle, while the rear axle is fitted with four-piston fixed alloy 345x28 mm Brembo calipers.

The Dual Cast technology, pioneered by Maserati, allows the weight of the cast-iron braking surface area to be offset with an alloy hat to minimise unsprung mass.

These brakes have a large swept area, highly efficient cooling and are designed for consistent performance in sports driving situations.

At 100 km/h the Ghibli S & SQ4 stop in 35 metres. But high-performance stopping power is only one measure of overall braking performance and the collaboration with Brembo also concentrated on optimizing the acoustic comfort of the Ghibli’s breaking systems.

Besides being powerful, the Maserati brake calipers have also always added a significant touch of style. Ghibli and Ghibli Diesel have standard matte grey calipers while the Ghibli S & SQ4 calipers are matte black. The Luxury pack also stands out for the painted black calipers and the Sport pack for the calipers painted red. Maserati blue, painted silver and polished silver are additional options for the calipers. 

Hydraulic steering

The Ghibli uses a technological aluminium steering box, developed specifically for the high-performance front-suspension geometry, to deliver more response, more consistency at high speed and easy manoeuvring at low speed. This allows Maserati’s suspension engineers to deliver extreme precision combined with the steering sensitivity needed when turning into corners at high speeds.

It also has a reduced steering ratio, which delivers a level of agility that is rare for this class, and while it is comfortable in all situations, the steering feel is geared up towards driving enjoyment.

In line with customer feedback, Maserati has bypassed the trend for electro-hydraulic steering systems. The Ghibli employs a speed-sensitive, servo-powered hydraulic system that prevents unpleasantly artificial assistance when the driver turns the wheel quickly.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Blind Spot Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning with Advanced Brake Assist
  • Automated Emergency Braking
  • New Rear View Camera with dynamic lines
  • Surround View Camera
  • Park Assist

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function

The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with integrated Stop & Go function, which is included in the optional package of Driver Assistance Systems, further increases comfort and safety when driving on main roads and motorways. The ACC allows the driver to keep cruise control engaged without having to constantly reset the system when approaching slower moving vehicles.

When activated (from 30 to 210 km/h), ACC constantly monitors the space between the Ghibli and the vehicle ahead, maintaining a safe pre-set distance. If the traffic slows or another vehicle moves in front, it slows the car down by making it coast or by engaging the brakes. Conversely, when the vehicle ahead speeds up or moves into another lane, the system accelerates up to the pre-set speed.

The ACC uses a radar sensor, located on the front grille and a front-looking camera behind the internal rear-view mirror to detect the presence of a vehicle ahead. If the ACC is automatically braking, the stoplights activate  as if the driver is braking.

Thanks to the integrated Stop & Go function, the car will adjust to the target vehicle’s speed until it comes to a complete stop and will set off automatically within 2 seconds.

Blind Spot Alert & Rear Cross Path

The Blind Spot Alert informs the driver through visual and audible signals when a vehicle enters the blind spot zones; this important safety feature, which had been introduced in the MY16 Ghibli as an option, is designed to avoid unwanted collisions while the driver changes lane. BSA is conceived to reduce the risks involved in changing lane, monitoring the blind spot areas using two radar based sensors located inside the rear bumper fascia; when a vehicle approaches from behind, the LED warning signal embedded in the side mirrors lights up while a chime alert also sounds.

The area beside and behind the car is monitored at speeds above 10 km/h in order to avoid unwanted collisions with vehicles such as automobiles, trucks or motorcycles.

The Rear Cross Path function issues the same alerts also when reversing out of a parking space; this feature is intended to help drivers reverse out of parking spaces where their view of oncoming vehicles may be blocked. Using sensors located on either side of the rear bumper, it detects any vehicles or objects that are moving towards the side of the vehicle from between a minimum speed of approximately 1 to 3 km/h to a maximum of approximately 16 km/h, such as in parking lot situations.

Lane Departure Warning

The Lane Departure Warning (LDW) has been designed specifically for motorway driving in order to reduce the risk of the vehicle accidentally departing from its chosen lane.

If the vehicle unintentionally crosses the lane markers, graphic instructions on the instrument panel together with an acoustic chime warn the driver that the vehicle is veering out of its lane. When the indicators are activated no warning is given.

The system uses a front looking camera in the interior rear-view mirror. The LDW can be de-activated from the Maserati Touch Control Plus and is reactivated automatically every time the engine restarts. The system works only at speeds over 70 km/h.

Forward Collision Warning with Advanced Brake Assist

The Forward Collision Warning (FCW) monitors vehicles ahead by means of a camera and warns the driver via visual and audible alerts when they are in danger of a possible rear-end collision.

If the driver brakes and the system determines that the driver has not applied sufficient brake force, the Advanced Brake Assist will compensate for this and provide the appropriate amount of additional braking.

Automated Emergency Braking

AEB is an active system that provides braking support when collision is imminent. The system is designed to avoid collision or to reduce collision energy.

A potential collision is identified by the Adaptive Cruise Control radar and a forward looking camera. The driver is provided with visual and audible alerts as an early warning to start braking. If the driver does not take action, the system will brake autonomously to help slow the vehicle down and minimise the impact.

New Rear View Camera with dynamic lines

A next-generation rear view camera is offered with the new Driver Assistance package. The camera, located above the license plate, turns on automatically when the reverse gear is selected and shows the area behind the car on the new high resolution head unit display. The camera utilizes the rear parking sensors to both visually and acoustically alert the driver about potential objects or obstructions.

The Dynamic reference lines provide a clear orientation system when parking or during tight manoeuvres. Dynamic grid lines represent the maximum width of the car and the projected path based on the steering angle signal.

Optional Surround View Camera

A new Surround View Camera system is available as part of the Driver Assistance Systems Plus. It uses four cameras in total - two lateral cameras housed underneath the side mirrors, one camera in the front and one in the rear - and provides a clear 360° view around the car on a top-down image in the new high resolution display.

It is activated automatically in reverse gear or manually via the soft button on the 8.4” hi-res display and provides different selectable views: front, front cross (180°), rear, rear cross and top view. It also shows open doors and parking guide lines.

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

The system, which is available as standard on all Ghibli versions, continuously monitors tyre pressure with a sensor mounted inside the rim as part of the valve; the pressure can be read off the display on the dashboard. In the case of a puncture or a change in tyre pressure, the system notifies the driver with visual and acoustic warnings.

Speed Limiter Function

To ensure top level safety all* Ghibli cars allow the driver to set a maximum speed limit though the Active Speed Limiter function. This can be activated and deactivated using the button on the steering wheel. If the driver decides to override the limit in extreme situations he just has to “kick down” (providing significant accelerator pedal input) and thus exceed the set speed.

* not available in the US market

Active and Passive safety

  • Maserati Stability Program
  • Passive Safety Systems

Maserati Stability Program

Maserati drivers have long known about the benefits of the Maserati Stability Program (MSP) and the Ghibli’s system has been further refined. Developed in the most extreme test conditions, the MSP uses a wide array of sensors to detect any need to intervene on the driver’s behalf. MSP adds a layer of security on top of the Ghibli’s inherent chassis stability. It constantly measures the car’s handling and grip and combines a host of safety and performance systems to maintain the car’s optimum handling.

Two of the main elements of the MSP’s operation are the engine and the brakes. If skidding is detected, the MSP reduces the engine’s torque output and can activate the brakes with finely varied inputs to restore the car’s stability within milliseconds.

The other key systems that make up MSP include:

  • ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Anti Slip Regulation (ASR)
  • Motor Spin Regulator (MSR) that prevents the wheels from locking when downshifting on low-grip surfaces.
  • Advanced Brake Assist (ABA), which recognises emergency braking situations and increases the pressure in the braking circuit.
  • Hill Holder, which automatically connects to the braking system to prevent roll back

Passive Safety Systems

The Ghibli’s passive safety equipment has been designed to achieve maximum peace of mind. The Ghibli achieves five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test without compromising its weight or fuel consumption.

Maserati has balanced these conflicting demands by using hot-formed steels in critical areas of the passenger compartment for added occupant safety, while using aluminium in other areas to save weight.

In particular, the front of the passenger compartment (the pillars and under-door mouldings) features hot-moulded steel components, with a magnesium dashboard strut to save weight, while the rear is stiffened with high strength steel.

The crash bars at the front and rear of the car are made of extruded aluminium, while the doors and bonnetare in aluminium.

Maserati’s engineers added a third crash load path to the front structure of the car to help dissipate load and distribute the forces on the car to guarantee the stability of the body structure in frontal impacts.

Seven-Airbag system

The Ghibli is equipped with a seven-airbag system and anti-whiplash front headrests. At the front, two-stage airbags are concealed from the occupants inside the steering wheel and dashboard to protect the head in frontal accidents while a knee airbag protects the driver’s legs and reduces the femur load in crash situations. The chest and hips of the front occupants are further protected by the side airbags beneath the seat leather. The sides of the occupants’ heads are protected by two head “curtain” bags mounted in the roof of the car, next to the B-pillar. The “curtain” bag protects the heads of the front and rear occupants against lateral impact.

Seat belts and restraint systems

The front seats are brimming with safety equipment designed to reduce trauma to the occupant's cervical vertebrae. If the car is involved in a rear-end accident, its active headrests automatically reduce the distance between their surface and the passenger's head.

The front three-point seatbelts are equipped with load-limiting pyrotechnic pre-tensioners, which come into action in the event of a collision to hold the passengers securely and prevent or minimize injury.

The front seatbelts are fitted with height adjusters to adapt the height of the seatbelts to the occupant's height, not only improving comfort but also safety.

 Ghibli development & testing

The Ghibli is built together with the Quattroporte on the same production line at the Avv. Giovanni Agnelli plant in Grugliasco, near Turin. The plant is home to state-of-the-art technologies and production processes in line with the latest quality standards at the very top of the industry. Every single Ghibli is put through a quality assurance test as it emerges from the production line.

A long and rigorous program of reliability tests was included in the testing programme during the model’s development:

  •  More than 6,000,000 test kilometres.
  • A fleet of more than 90 Ghibli vehicles.
  • Hundreds of thousands of kilometres of additional tests to validate every modification.
  • Every single component tested for endurance, quality & noise.
  • Testing in extreme heat in South Africa and Morocco.
  • Testing in extreme cold in Sweden and New Zealand.
  • Severe process controls, including four in ‘Body-in-White’.
  • Three in painting.
  • Four in the assembly process.
  • Additional electronics, dynamometer and water testing.
  • More than 700 control checks for each car in production.
  • Final, 30-minute quality audit before delivery to the customer.
  • On-road 40 km test before delivery to the customer.

For the development of the MY17 Ghibli a total of 840,000test kilometres were travelled in the hinterland of Turin. New Sport and Carbon features were thoroughly tested in extreme hot and cold conditions from Sicily to the Italian Alps.

 

 

GHIBLI DIESEL (250 hp)

GHIBLI DIESEL (275 hp)

GHIBLI

GHIBLI S

GHIBLI SQ4

ENGINE

Layout

Turbodiesel 600 V6

Petrol 600 V6, twin-turbo - direct injection GDI

Displacement (cc)

2,987

2,979

Bore x Stroke (mm)

83.0 x 92.0

86.5 x 84.5

Compression ratio

16.5:1

9.7:1

Max. Power (kW/hp @ rpm)

184/250 @ 4,000

202/275 @ 4,000

257/350 @ 5,500

302/410 @ 5,500

Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm)

600 @ 2,000 - 2,600

500 @ 4,500

550 @ 5,000

Overboost Torque (Nm/rpm)

---

500 @1,750 - 4,500

550 @ 1,750 - 5,000

Maximum engine (rpm)

---

6,500

Fuel Delivery

Common Rail

Direct Fuel Injection

Injection Pressure (bar)

2,000

200

Induction

Ball bearing VG turbo

Two twin-scroll turbochargers

Crankshaft

Forged steel

High resistance nitride steel with 4 main bearings

Lubrication

Variable displacement oil pump

Wet sump

Valve drive

DOHC

Chain-driven DOHC per bank with double continuous cam phasing

PERFORMANCE

0-100 km/h (sec)

6.7

6.3

5.5

5.0

4.8

Top Speed (km/h)

240

250

267

285

284

100-0 km/h (m)

36.0

35.5

35.0

CONSUMPTION & EMISSIONS

Urban (l/100 km)

7.7

7.7

12.6

13.8

14.1

Extra-Urban (l/100 km)

4.9

4.9

6.8

7.1

7.1

Comb. NEDC (l/100 km)

5.9

5.9

8.9

9.6

9.7

CO2 Emissions Combined (g/km)

158

158

207

223

226

CO2 Emissions Urban (g/km)

204

204

292

321

328

CO2 Emissions Ext-Urban (g/km)

132

132

158

165

165

* data valid for EU Market

 

 

GHIBLI DIESEL (250 hp)

GHIBLI DIESEL (275 hp)

GHIBLI

GHIBLI S

GHIBLI SQ4

TRANSMISSION RATIO

First

4.71

Second

3.14

Third

2.11

Fourth

1.67

Fifth

1.28

Sixth

1.00

Seventh

0.84

Eighth

0.67

Reverse

3.32

Final Drive

2.80

SUSPENSION

Front

Double Wishbone, anti-roll bar

Rear

Multi Link, anti-roll bar

BRAKES

Front

345 x 28 mm ventilated discs, Brembo 4-piston fixed calipers

360 x 32 mm ventilated & drilled discs, Brembo 6-piston fixed calipers

Rear

330 x 22 mm ventilated discs, single piston floating calipers

345 x 28 mm ventilated & drilled discs, Brembo 4-piston fixed calipers

TYRES

Front

235/50 R18

235/50 R18

Rear

275/45 R18

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTS

Length (mm)

4,971

Width (mm)

1,945 - 2,128 (with mirrors)

Height (mm)

1,461

Wheelbase (mm)

2,998

Front Track (mm)

1,635

Rear Track (mm)

1,653

Luggage (l)

500

Fuel Capacity (l)

70

80

Kerb Weight (kg)

1,875

1,810

1,810

1,870

Turning circle (m)

11.7

   * data valid for EU Market  

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