Last Fall I was walking through the streets of Seattle with a friend when a parked car caught her eye. She turned her head as we passed the low-slung sports car and said, “What… is that?”
It was a Maserati GranTurismo, arguably one of the most beautiful cars on the planet. We don’t see a lot of exotics in our neck of the woods, so the Trident-branded beauty stood out to us both. There’s just something about a Maserati that demands attention. It’s an understated, elegant exotic that quietly seduces the senses. Well, until the engine turns on. The slow burble of the V8 can turn into a cacophony of roars and pops that’ll leave you wondering what in your life has gone so terribly wrong as to not have one of these in your garage.
By unveiling the new Ghibli sedan, Maserati hopes to drive more of us rectify the problem of not having a Maserati.
Set to take on the Jaguar XF and BMW 5 Series, the Ghibli will officially debut at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, happening later this month. Maserati has released some early pictures and specs, which leave little reason to doubt the newest Maser will continue to turn heads and open wallets.
The Ghibli will get power from one of two turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engines, in various states of tune, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Power will be sent to either the rear wheels or, for those of us in the U.S., Maserati’s new Q4 all-wheel-drive system.
Maserati is also planning a 3.0-liter turbodiesel Ghibli, which will likely not be sold in the United States. Evo believes the uplevel gas V6 will produce around 400 hp. Specific power numbers and prices will be announced in Shanghai.
Maserati hopes to move upward of 50,000 cars per year by 2015, with the Ghibli accounting for over half of those sales.
Maybe next time I’m with someone who sees a Maserati and asks me what it is, I can reply by unlocking the doors, smiling, and saying, “Mine.”
Let’s assume the Maserati Ghibli started at $50,000. Would you be interested?