Yes, I agree, it does look awfully like a Quattroporte with different headlights, but I can assure you with a hand over my heart that it is not. Instead, this is the all-new Maserati Ghibli, revealed earlier than it’s scheduled unveiling at the Shanghai Auto Show due to numerous images being unsurprisingly leaked onto the internet. Ghibli sound familiar? Hopefully it does, as this car bears the same name as the seductive 1970 Ghibli Coupe.
Unlike the 1970 classic, the new Ghibli drops the Coupe bit from the name and adds two more doors onto the car. Obviously, the car closely resembles the current Quattroporte however Maserati tells us that this car has “a sportier character compared to the larger Quattroporte.” The car is expected to slot below the Quattroporte and go head-to-head with the likes of Mercedes’ E-Class and BMW’s 5-Series.
Further differences between the Ghibli and the Quattroporte can be noted under the hood, as instead of sporting the larger car’s turbocharged V8, Maserati instead decided to use two versions of a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. Power is sent to either the rear or all four corners through an eight-speed automatic transmission. A future V8 power source is not out of the question, however.
Looking at this car from all sides, it seems to resemble a cross-breed of the Gran Turismo and the Quattroporte, and if it is to be a more sporty version of the Quattroporte, we can most likely expect that it will perform the equivalent as well. The overall shape of the car seems to take a great deal of inspiration from that of the Gran Turismo’s, and the face of the car looks as if the Quattroporte and Gran Turismo had a head-on collision resulting in the two’s front morphing together.
And to be honest, I like where Maserati’s going. It’s next to a crime for such a storied manufacturer such as Maserati to only be able to offer (now) three cars in it’s lineup – ruling out the countless variants of the Gran Turismo, of course. Plus, rumor has it that there could be a new addition to Maserati’s production line, as there is talk for Maserati to produce their take on Ferrari’s new LaFerrari as they previously did on the Enzo with the bonkers MC12.
However, enough with the ranting. It should be interesting to bee able to truly examine the car when it is revealed in Shanghai in a matter of weeks, and it will certainly be interesting to read and hear all the discussions there will be surrounding this car. But the real area of attention will arguably be when journalists get their grips on the steering wheel and thrash this ‘sporty Quattroporte’ on some proper roads.