Maserati reveals Ghibli range ahead of NZ launch

Maserati reveals Ghibli range ahead of NZ launch

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Maserati has announced the details of the New Zealand range of the new Maserati Ghibli, ahead of its mid-year arrival.

“The success of the new Maserati Quattroporte around the world has driven Maserati to new sales records, but it is the new Ghibli that will wholly launch Maserati towards its target of 50,000 sales worldwide by 2015,” says Maserati Australia and New Zealand general manager Glen Sealey.

“The Ghibli is smaller, shorter, lighter, more dynamic, less expensive and more economical than the flagship Quattroporte and, by providing Maserati with two four door saloons in its range for the first time, it takes Maserati into a new market sector with significantly more sales potential.”

With the arrival of new Quattroporte in January, Australia and New Zealand have now started to see the same sales climb, with sales up 57% in the first quarter of the year ahead of mid-year arrival of the Ghibli, which will further intensify the sales increase.

In New Zealand the most visible sign of this growth has been the launch of Maserati Auckland. Owned by New Zealand businessman Neville Crichton, it is the first stand-alone dealership for the brand in New Zealand, a clear sign of intent to expand sales in the country’s largest market. Meanwhile, in Christchurch, Euromarque Maserati will be expanded and enhanced ready for the arrival of the new Maserati models.

“The new Maserati Ghibli, with an entry price point of $129,990, excluding dealer and delivery costs, is nearly $65,000 below the previous Maserati entry point and, indeed, there is no overlap in pricing between Ghibli and Quattroporte, with range-topping Ghibli S priced at $149,990 excluding dealer and delivery costs,” says Sealey.

The Ghibli’s most powerful model, the Ghibli S, has 301 kW (410 bhp) of power, races to 100 kmh in 5.0 seconds and stretches out to a top speed of 285 km/h.

The more affordable V6 petrol engine variant not only has an impressive 243 kW (330 bhp) of power and 500 Nm of torque, but also delivers a combined fuel economy figure of just 9.6 litres/100 km. But it is much more than a fuel saving car, though, and is capable of accelerating to 100 km/h in just 5.6 seconds. The flat torque curve makes this power unit particularly responsive, a feature of its performance further enhanced by the eight speed gearbox, and endows this variant of the Ghibli with particularly impressive pick-up from steady speeds in, for example, over taking manoeuvres, and for powering out of corners, something which it excels.

The new Maserati Ghibli is also the first Maserati to offer diesel power, with a 3.0 litre turbo diesel delivering 202 kW and a crushing 600 Nm torque that ensures it can provide the exhilarating performance expected of a Maserati, with a zero to 100 km/h time of 6.3 seconds matched to a combined fuel consumption fuel figure of 5.9 litres per 100 km.

The choice of a diesel Ghibli will not mean the loss of the characteristic engine sound that is so much part of Maserati ownership, with the ‘Maserati Active Sound’ system endowing the diesel engine with a sound and a character that makes it a clear member of the Maserati family.

Compared with the larger Quattroporte, the Ghibli is 50 kg lighter, 173 mm shorter in the wheel base and 291 mm shorter overall. The award-winning Quattroporte has donated much of its under the skin technology, including core architecture, including its crash safety, chassis, suspension architecture, engines and LED headlight technology, ensuring the new model has the highest levels of safety, NVH and technology from which to develop its own distinct and different character.

Inside, the Ghibli has a unique interior that reflects its core performance values, with a unique dashboard design and cockpit for the driver that perfectly matches its sportier and more youthful character without losing any of the luxury or spaciousness expected from Maserati.

The Ghibli, Ghibli Diesel and Ghibli S utilise an eight-speed automatic transmission to deliver their performance, providing seamless comfort with fast gear shifting for hard acceleration.

All Ghibli models deliver exquisite handling thanks to their perfectly balanced weight distribution, a double-wishbone front suspension and a state-of-the-art five-link rear suspension.

The Ghibli has entered the E-segment sports premium market with a marked advantage in cabin craftsmanship and detailing, offering luxury features like the Maserati Touch Control screen, reversing camera, Poltrona Frau leather interior and the 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, as well as WLAN-based WiFi and compatibility with most modern mobile phone systems.

The Maserati Ghibli is available to order now with deliveries starting mid-year, with the Ghibli priced at $129,990 excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and delivery, the Ghibli Diesel at $131,990 excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and delivery and the Ghibli S entering the market at $149,990 excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and delivery.

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