Maserati Ghibli S Q4 – Poseidon of the new age

The Maserati named Ghibli performs in the upper middle class, and will compare its strength with competitors BMW Series 5, Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Jaguar XF.

Being behind the wheel of a V6 engine with two turbochargers is a nice feeling, however if we add four-wheel drive, a cold December morning and the name Maserati, then your day can begin. Ghibli is the name for a very successful model from Maserati, production dates back to 1967 until 1973, when the first generation of Ghibli (AM115) was completed. 19 years later, Maserati begins production of the second generation, and since 2013 comes the last, third, generation of this popular trident and bears the designation M157. The name Ghibli means dry warm Libyan desert wind, and we will find out soon how “hot” this car of 410 horsepower is.

Ghibli comes with three V6 units, two of which are petrol models that deliver 243 kW / 330 hp in the weaker version and in the stronger under the designation “S” 301 kW / 410 hp. The third engine is also the biggest surprise related to the Maserati, and it is diesel, and it delivers 184 kW / 250 hp and this is the first time that the diesel engine goes into the front nose of the trident. The dimensions of this sports sedan are 4,971 x 2,103 x 1,460 mm, while the wheelbase is almost exactly 3 meters. The weight of the Ghibli S is from 1,835 to 1,870 kilograms, depending on the unit and drive.

In the test, we had the Ghibli S Q4 model, ie the most powerful engine on offer, which was “borrowed” from Ferrari and all-wheel drive, which delivers 410 hp and 550 Nm, which makes this car a real beast. If we talk further about its performance, we should mention the acceleration of 0-100 km / h, which for this car with a mass of 1,870 kg is only 4.9 seconds and the maximum speed is 284 km / h. 0-200 km / h Ghibli “climbs” in a little over 18 seconds, and 402 meters closes in 13 seconds. To stop this car, it was provided by the Brembo company, so that there are six-piston pliers with a disc diameter of 360 mm on the front and 350 mm on the rear.

The driving characteristics of the Maserati Ghibli Sa, although it belongs to the upper middle class, are oriented towards a more dynamic and sporty ride, which is quite normal for a Maserati. The car in Comfort mode is extremely comfortable, the shock absorbers work fine and you will have the feeling that you are traveling in the cloud, the seats are finely profiled and have the option of cooling and heating. The interesting thing about this model are its strange combinations, in this case blue and brown, which at first glance looks repulsive, but after a while one simply gets used to it. The new IVC (Integrated Vehicle Control) stability control does a great job with the Q4 drivetrain so this car literally lies on the road, and the dynamic driving and curves are its home ground.

In this vehicle you have three modes for driving Eco (completely unnecessary in this vehicle), Comfort, and the most beautiful and most important Sport. In sport mode, it would be best to close the windows and let the noise from this V6 engine penetrate inside the cabin, and outside, it’s just a party outside… It’s not as seductive as the V8 used in GranCoupe and GranCabrio, but it still elicited a smile when you cover the gas.

The capacity of the tank is 80 liters, while the consumption on the test in city conditions is 17.5 liters and outside the city 8.4 liters. Overall, the Ghibli is still a more obvious choice of luxury four-door sedans than its German rivals, with a great note of engine, interesting interior and beautiful looks.

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