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November 21, 2013updated Nov 22, 2013

LA Auto Show Report: Maserati Ghibli Debuts in US

By Chris Boyle

Maserati has debuted its Ghibli sedan at the LA Auto Show.

Maserati’s new Ghibli line-up has a twin tubo 3-liter V6 petrol engine and offers both rear and all-wheel drive. It is smaller, lighter and more economical than the flagship Quattroporte.


It has a more-focused, sportier philosophy than the larger Quattroporte and its most powerful model, the Ghibli S, has 404 hp, races to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and stretches out to a top speed of 175mph.

The Ghibli, the Ghibli S, the Ghibli S Q4 utilize an eight-speed automatic transmission to deliver their performance, providing seamless comfort with fast gear shifting for hard acceleration.

All Ghibli models deliver balanced handling thanks to their weight distribution, a double-wishbone front suspension and a five-link rear suspension. It now also provides the added security and all-weather assurance of all-wheel drive.

Maserati’s design team was challenged to produce a sedan that emphasized its more dynamic driving characteristics through a more aggressive visual personality, yet still maintained discernible visual links with the Quattroporte.

The outline of the body reflects a coupé-like philosophy for the four-door sedan, while there are strong feline hints around the Ghibli’s grille and headlights. The grille takes its inspiration from the current GranTurismo and it can draw a line back to the classic 1950s A6 GCS.

It also maintains Maserati’s distinctive C-pillar treatment, which delivers much of the coupé-like stance and carries the classical Saetta Maserati logo, carrying on a tradition dating back to 1963.

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The side profile is dominated by a swage line that runs from the traditional Maserati grille vents behind the front wheels and finishes in the rear lights themselves.

Maserati’s original 1963 Quattroporte invented the concept of the luxury sports sedan. The new offers all the Quattroporte’s qualities in a more dynamic, more affordable package.

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