Exclusive: 2021 Maserati Ghibli Trofeo
Maserati Ghibli Expert Review
Maserati presented the Ghibli as a sporty Italian alternative to the proven Germans dominating the mid-size luxury car segment. When it hit the market for model year 2014, the Ghibli was also an early part of Maserati's strategy to dramatically increase sales. The new model has brought the Ghibli name back to modern audiences; This name was previously used on the impressive grand touring vehicle of the late 1960s and early 1970s, as well as on the trendy turbo coupe of the 1990s.
The V-6 engine from Ferrari has been one of the key differentiators of the Ghibli since its launch, and in 2021 there will be a Ghibli Trofeo powered by a Ferrari V-8 Twin-Turbo engine. The Ghibli competes with other mid-size luxury sedans including the Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series.
- Ghibli Trofeo adds 580-horsepower V-8 to the lineup;
- A 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment display is now standard.
What we think.
Ghibli's greatest strength is, without a doubt, its engine lineup. Most models are powered by a powerful twin-turbo V-6 engine that delivers more linear power, and the new Trofeo offers V-8 performance. Inside, shoppers will be impressed by the Ghibli's rich leather interior, although the small amount of plastic controls and infotainment borrowed from Chrysler's parts basket is disappointing.
Thanks to its excellent engine exhaust, the Ghibli is a pleasant car to drive in a series of corners. Ride quality remains tough, though, and highway driving isn't as comfortable as most of the Ghibli's competitors. The brakes are a little soft too, and this midsize Maserati can use more traction in the rear, or at least a less intrusive tuning of the stability control system.
+ 6 + 6 Sometimes the engine is special enough to ignore the flaws of the car. For some, Ghibli's raucous Twin-Turbo Ferrari V-6 will make it easy to look beyond Chrysler's parts exchange, but this switchgear will never look right in a luxury sedan with prices ranging from $ 75,000 to over $ 100,000.
Performance and fuel consumption.
Maserati previously only offered a six-cylinder engine under the Ghibli's bonnet, but the new Trofeo variant changes that. Every Ghibli uses an eight-speed automatic transmission, both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available.
The inherited engine is a 3.0-liter Twin-Turbo V-6. In the base rear-wheel-drive Ghibli, it develops 345bhp. and 500 Nm of torque, which, according to Maserati, allows you to accelerate from standstill to 100 km / h in 5.5 seconds. Under the hood of the RWD Ghibli S and AWD Ghibli S Q4, it develops 424 hp. and 551 Nm of torque, and accelerates to "hundreds" in 4.9-4.7 seconds, respectively (a few years ago we tested a 405 hp engine, the version reached 100 km / h in 4.8 seconds). Fuel consumption for RWD V-6 models is estimated at 13.8 / 9.4 liters per 100 km in city / highway, while all-wheel drive vehicles consume 14.7 / 9.8 liters.
New this year is the Ghibli Trofeo, a model with the engine found in the Quattroporte GTS. Ferrari's 3.8-liter V-8 twin-turbo Trofeo engine develops an impressive 580 hp. and 729 Nm of torque, and accelerates to 100 km / h in 3.7 seconds. The Ghibli Trofeo will be offered in rear-wheel drive only and consume 18.1 / 11.8 liters.
In incomplete safety testing, Ghibli earns the highest possible scores in four shock tests (out of six conducted) in which he participated. In terms of driver assistance technology, Maserati equips the Ghibli as standard with front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams and blind spot monitoring. The Driver Assistance Package is optional on the base Ghibli and Ghibli S / S Q4 models, but is standard on the GranLusso and GranSport trim levels as well as the Trofeo. The package adds adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera system, traffic sign recognition, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear cross traffic alert and lane keep assist.
Cargo and interior space.
The Ghibli seats five, just like its competitors, although legroom is the smallest in the segment. Compared to the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, all three of these vehicles offer at least 76mm more legroom front and rear than the corresponding 958mm and 843mm Ghibli. In terms of cargo space, the Ghibli's 501-liter boot outperforms the 388 and 371 liters in the A6 and E-Class, but is inferior to the 530-liter BMW boot.
Every Ghibli is equipped with a 10.1-inch touchscreen Maserati infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. The standard audio system is an eight-speaker system, but GranLusso and GranSport trims include a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and a 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins system is available as a separate option.
Ghibli Trofeo: A Different Approach.
The Ghibli Trofeo, with its stunning V-8 engine, excellent infotainment and driver assistance systems, and unique leather interior, is objectively no better than the BMW M5 or Mercedes-AMG E63, but deserves attention. What it lacks in pure performance, it makes up for in distinctive power and balance to make the car just as engaging to drive. It's not perfect - it has little of the onscreen real estate and content that's common to its contemporaries - but it's a less common take on a luxury sedan with laughable power.
Key competitors: Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, Audi A6
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