A TRUE TRIDENT

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maserati-ghibli20140603THE Maserati Ghibli is a turning point for the brand’s history.

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This is according to Marc Soong, executive director at Autostrada Motore Inc., the official importer and distributor of Maserati in the Philippines.

“It is the first time in 100 years that the luxury Italian brand presents two four-door sedan models simultaneously,” Soong said.

Recently, this Maserati history-making car debuted in the Philippines, joining its larger sedan sibling, the Quattroporte—which is Italian for “four doors.” The Ghibli is seen to play a key role in Maserati’s plan to build 50,000 cars a year by 2015.

Maserati’s smaller sedan is the second model, after the Quattroporte, to be built at the company’s new production facilities in Grugliasco, near Turin, Italy. It made its global debut earlier this year at the Shanghai International Auto Show.

Ghibli’s grunt
The Ghibli is available in four variants, three of which are gasoline-powered ones, with a choice of two 3.0-liter V6 power plants. The third variant comes with all-wheel drive. All three gasoline variants have an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

The fourth variant is also historic for Maserati as it is the first from the Trident brand to get a diesel engine.

The more powerful of the gasoline V6s is a twin-turbo unit, found in the Ghibli S, which produces 410hp at 5,500rpm and 550Nm of torque from just 1,750rpm. Maserati said this rear-wheel drive variant can reach 100kph in 5.0 seconds and a top speed of 285kph.

The other gasoline V6 engine, found on the Ghibli, makes 330hp and 500Nm. It can accelerate the car to 100kph in just 5.6 seconds. Both V6 engines, with their parallel turbochargers, were developed by Maserati together with Ferrari. They are built by Ferrari in its facilities in Maranello, Italy.

The diesel Ghibli also has a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. With common rail direct injection, it develops 275hp and 600Nm of torque—enough to launch the car from rest to 100kph in 6.3 seconds. Maserati said the car’s NEDC-rated fuel economy figure is less than 6.0 liters per 100km. Also, Maserati said the diesel Ghibli still sounds like any of its models, thanks to an active sound system that has actuators fitted near the car’s tailpipes. This accentuates the engine’s tones and modulates these to suit the way the car is being driven. When the Sport button is pressed, the sound becomes even more resonant, Maserati said.

Truly a Trident
“The Ghibli’s distinct Italian design, leather interior, Ferrari-made engine and sound make it the obvious choice among its competitors in its category. The heritage of the brand alone, being 100 year old, also gives it a big edge,” Soong said.

Sophisticated cabin features of the Ghibli include the 8.4-inch Maserati Touch Control and fine Poltrona Frau leather. The car can also be fitted with a 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio, a WLAN-based WiFi and a wide range of customization options.

According to Soong, the Ghibli costs between P7 million to P10 million.

WITH A REPORT FROM RUBEN D. MANAHAN 4Th

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