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    MASERATI said its all-new Ghibli, which debuted at the Shanghai Motor Show last month, breaks new ground for the brand as it’s the first time in its history that two Maserati four-door sedans are on sale at the same time.

    The Ghibli, Maserati asserted, emphasizes a more dynamic driving characteristic and is more visually aggressive than the larger Quattroporte while still maintaining styling links with its big bro.

    The rear-wheel drive Ghibli is also sportier than the Quattroporte, and is offered with a choice of two turbo-charged 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engines and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The more powerful V6 on the Ghibli S, with its twin turbo, spins out 410 horsepower and 550 Newton-meter of torque at a low—really low—1,750rpm. This allows the car to reach 100kph in five seconds flat and a top speed of 285kph.

    The other V6 dispenses 330 horsepower and 500 Newton-meter—good for a naught-to-100kph sprint time of 5.6 seconds. Not unheard of in Maserati’s case, both the new engines were developed in partnership with Ferrari, and are in fact built at the Prancing Horse’s engine construction facility in Maranello, Italy.

    Oh, and the Ghibli can come with a 3.0-liter V6 turbo-charged diesel engine, too—a first in Maserati’s history.

    This car really opens new doors into the brand.

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