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Maserati, under the stewardship of Naza Italia, has announced the four-door Ghibli in two variations for domestic luxury sports market. The availability of the Ghibli, in regular and S guises, marks a turning point in Maserati’s centennial mark. For the first time, Maserati has made two concurrent four-door sedans available amongst its impressive portfolio of luxury Super Sports.

In a nutshell, the Maserati Ghibli shares plenty of similarities the existing Maserati 2-door and 4-door variants; obviously the Quattroporte comes to mind in an instant. Outline of the body reflects a coupé-like philosophy for the four-door sedan, while there are noticeable feline hints around the Ghibli’s grille and headlights. The pronounced grille draws a line back to the iconic A6 GCS of the 1950s. Then there’s the recognizable Trident headlights and swage line with the air vents right behind the front wheels that simply define the Ghibli’s muscular profile, both front-end and side. From the rear, the exciting contours and LEDs clearly bring out the four-door sports back end. The long wheelbase that measures 4.97m and wide tracks give the 4-door Super Sports its intended element to rule the roads!

Maserati Ghibli and Ghibli S not for the faint-hearted

Both versions of the petrol range, Ghibli and Ghibli S, feature a new-generation twin turbo-charged 3.0-liter V6 engine and an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. With its power output of 410 hp the Ghibli S sprints to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 285 km/h. The regular Ghibli delivers a lot less, but still sufficient 330 hp. Top speed touches 263 km/h for the normal Ghibli, while acceleration goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds. The Ghibli shares parts of its core architecture, chassis, suspension architecture, the V6 engine and transmission with the Quattroporte; though it’s wheelbase is 173 mm tighter, overall length lesser by 291 mm and weighs in at 50 kg lighter.

Inside, the cockpit-inspired dashboard design matches its sporty and youthful character without compromising on the highest level of refinement and sophistication. Key elements such as the 8.4″ Maserati Touch Control and the fine Poltrona Frau leather finish underline the cabin’s timeless sporting character. Optional features include the 15-speaker (B & W) Bowers & Wilkins high end audio system, WLAN based WiFi and a wide range of customization options that cater for the most demanding individuals.

The Ghibli provides a cornerstone in Maserati’s plan to build 50,000 cars on an annual basis by 2015. It is the second variant after the Q to be manufactured to new benchmark quality standards in the Super Sports marque’s new state-of-the-art production facilities in Grugliasco, near Turin, Italy.

Naza Italia retails the new Ghibli and Ghibli S at these respective starting prices RM 538,800 and RM 628,800 respectively (duties and taxes included). The cars come with a 3-year/60,000km service package.

Maserati Ghibli/Ghibli S specifications

Ghibli

Engine: 3.0L 60°V6
Power: 330 hp
Transmission: ZF Eight Speed Automatic Gearbox
Torque: 500 Nm
Top Speed: 263 km/h
Acceleration: 5.6s 0-100km/h
Consumption combined: 9.6 (l/100 km)
CO2 emissions combined: 223 (g/km)

Ghibli S

Engine: 3.0L 60°V6
Power: 410 hp
Transmission: ZF Eight Speed Automatic Gearbox
Torque: 550 Nm
Top Speed: 285 km/h
Acceleration: 5.0s 0-100km/h
Consumption combined: 10.4 (l/100 km)
CO2 emissions combined: 242 (g/km)