MASERATI Family: Cars to definitely ogle at

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Supercars have one thing in common, Speed!

But, what sets some super cars apart than the rest is the name. Maserati is one of the more unique names in the super car segment. It has cars belonging to various segments. Built for a niche crowd, here is a sneak peek into some of the prominent offerings by Maserati:

MASERATI QUATTROPORTE:

Maserati’s Quattroporte is a 4-door sports luxury saloon. Its name translates to four doors in Italian. There have been 6 generations of this car, with the first introduction in 1963 and the current model that was launched in 2013.

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Engine:

The Quattroporte from Maserati comes in 3 different variants. The S model produces 404 HP with its 3-liter V6 engine that has a rear wheel drive. The S Q4 model is an all-wheel drive. Lastly, the GTS comes with a 523 HP producing 3.8 Liter V8 engine and has rear-wheel drive. All these cars have twin-turbo charged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V8 aluminum block and heads engine with direct fuel injection that come married to an 8-speed automatic.

The 2014 model is reborn and Maserati’s big sedan named Quattroporte comes with plenty of updates. The Quattroporte comes as the brand’s 4-door saloon. It is as stylish as ever and offers luxury and performance in equal doses with a choice of the aforementioned engines. In the gas mileage front, the Quattroporte features a mileage of 13 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highway. Both combined, the Quattroporte provides 16 miles per gallon.

 

Design:

The predecessor has no similarity with its predecessor. The vehicle hosts crisp creases and has angular accents that dominates its exterior design. It carries an ovoid grille with a large trident emblem sets the tone at the nose, sweeping up to the curved hood and into the fenders. A character line traces along the side and over the flanks, into a simple, understated rear end. The overall effect is one of refinement and class, as well as emotive style.

 

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On the inside, the car looks much more subdued and well executed. It carries satin wood and fine leather finish that compliment the vehicle’s metal accents in a pretty clean and two-tonal finish.

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In terms of features, this Maserati features a 1,280-watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system; the Maserati Touch Control screen; adjustable pedals; and a reverse camera. The car also has an optional in-car Wi-Fi system standard on all Quattroporte models.

MASERATI GHIBLI:

Being just a year old, Maserati Ghibli was introduced with the goal of boosting sales worldwide. The new Ghibli  is a scaled down version of the older Quattroporte.  With rivals like Mercedes-Benz CLS, Audi A7, BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe and the Jaguar XF, here is Maserati Ghibli .

Engine:

The Ghibli  gets its power from a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that is the older cousin of the Quattroporte. The Ghibli comes in 2 outputs; Standard and S Q4. The S Q4 version produces a mighty 404 HP and is an incredible machine. Maserati says the Ghibli accelerates to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds, topping out at 177 mph.

The vehicle comes mated on to an 8-speed automatic transmission engine that follows up as standard across all the Ghibli models. The vehicle offers manual-shift mode as well. The Q4 is an all-wheel-drive Maserati that distributes torque from rear to the front.

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The vehicle comes in different choices of driving modes that range from economy, normal and sport.

 

Design:

Ghibli shares quite a simple and brilliant design from Maserati. The car has a relatively compact car for its class and it is quite brilliantly rendered with a deep shoveled nose bearing a trident badge and grille, sleekly sculpted fenders, and a pert rear end with a roofline that’s the chief link between it and the Q-Porte.

 

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In terms of interiors, the Ghibli shares quite a sober environment. It is quite modern in appearance and its dash is shaped like one of its relatives from the Fiat Chrysler Group, the Jeep Cherokee. It’s distanced from its origins with layers of leather and opulent trim choices like open-pore wood, and fitted with huge, cold-to-the-touch paddles for shifting. Still, some lesser cues show up in some plastic trim, in the parts-bin switches and buttons.

 

MASERATI GRANTURISMO:

Maserati’s Gran Turismo is quite an extraordinary and brilliantly built high-performance 6-figure coupe or convertible. This is spectacularly built and makes quite the sound too:

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Engine:

Although the Gran Turismo’s engine doesn’t make it devastating but leaves no scope in terms of speed. The Turismo gets its power from a Ferrari-derived 4.2-liter V8 engine that delivers over 400 bhp of power. Boasting its speed from 0-100 takes just 5.2 seconds and the car flings it at 177 mph tops. The car also has a 4.7-liter twin that carries a sports badge and churns out 450 bhp of power and hits 0-100 in just 4.2 seconds.

Design:

The design language on the Gran Turismo consists of accurate curves placed at the right places. The interiors of this car are quite well appointed with plenty of luxury. The exteriors of this car are quite exotic and they come wrapped around a temperamental hardware. The new Gran Turismo comes with a new and slightly tweaked front fascia. The model Sports a bixenon illuminated LED and has adaptive  lighting control. The sports model has the addition of side skirts that come as standard. It also has enlarged fender vents, new mirrors and 20-inch wheels.

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Standard technology features include leather-lined cockpit, Bose Sound system with satellite radio, iPod Connectivity as well as a parking warning system that are tuned for various kinds of curbs.

On the inside, this car can easily seat 4 people without a frown. Although the headroom has been compromised a tad, the passengers can comfortably arrange themselves. Seat boast their finesse with special leather design. The vehicle also has a 30GB Hard Drive to save files on the go.

MASERATI GRANCABRIO:

Based on the 2001 coupé that had just 2 seats, the Gran Cabrio came into existence. Before the GranCabrio, the only other four-seat convertible Maseratis were produced by two coachbuilding firms in the 1930s. The Italian firm Castagna and British company RAG Patents both used Maserati’s 26M as the starting point for their convertibles. The GranCabrio has however set a new benchmark for Maserati as it is the first time maserati has produced a four-seat convertible. The heritage of maserati has definitely passed on to this stunning-looking Cabrio.

Engine:

The very name suggests that the GranCabrio is based on the GranTurismo. The coupé is available with either a 4.2 or a 4.7-litre V8, and a choice of a conventional automatic or automated manual gearbox. That said, there is just one GranCabrio engine/gearbox combo: a 4.7-litre automatic. However it can be had in standard or more focused Sport trims. Maserati has also introduced the MC variant to the Grancabrio range. It draws on the styling of the stripped-out MC Stradale GranTurismo, but with no mechanical changes.

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Design:

The GranCabrio covers a space of 4.9 m and this makes it quite a long car. Maserati has opted for a canvas roof over a folding metal design. The triple-layer roof, available in a choice of six colors, takes 28 seconds to close and can be operated on the move at speeds below 19mph. The construction of the GranCabrio is as pleasing as any other maserati and comes fitted with all the proportional bells and whistles suited for a comfort seeker.

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Wrap up:

Maserati holds its own level of reputation on the streets. These models are by-far the most sought after names. What do you feel about Maserati as a brand?

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The Maserati Ghibli-An Overview

Much like its predecessor all the way  back in 1967 with the emphasis on sporty glamour , the all new Maserati Ghibli is sure to captivate you with her herculean personality and her phenomenal performance . Maserati is a Italian luxury sports car company since 1914 , well known by its brand mission statement  ” Build Ultra-Luxury Performance Automobiles With Timeless Italian Style”.  Maserati is a style and brand that sets it apart from rest of the luxury cars of its kind with the perfect fusion of style , luxury and phenomenal performance . Ghibli is the limitless satisfaction for the drivers desires and expectation and is a  revolution in the sports sedan segment .Sculpted forms and sleek lines of the Maserati Ghibli creates moments like the wind .

Maserati Ghibli

Ghibli literally means the wind , the winds of northen Africa – making it the most suitable model name for this Maserati because it leaves you with an impression that it moves like the wind . The first ever Maserati Ghibli was the Ghibli | all the way  back in 1967 this v8 powered beauty took part in the 1966 Turin Motor show and since then proved to be the most popular car of its kind . After withdrawing from racing in the 1950s it out sold its biggest rivals, the Ferrari Daytona and the Lamborghini Miura and has remained top in the list of luxury sports cars since then.

Looks And Exterior 

2014 Maserati Ghibli front

 

With emphasis on sporty glamour the all new Maserati Gbhili is sure to fascinate you with her looks. Most notable feature of  this car include the front and rear bumpers which meld together into a single line to give it a dynamic look . The cars nose is accentuated by the featured Maserati grille and the icon vertical concave filters are inspired by Gran Turismo and the A6 GCS Berlinetta, a popular  icon from the past. Being one the longest cars of its kind and such a large wheel base the Ghibli still maintains  the look of a sleek coupe achieved by the frame-less window , the iconic Saetta logo and the triangular C-pillar. The cars traditional oval shape is replaced by the rectangular narrows at the top & highlighted by the iconic headlights give it a built-up look . The tapered boot and the back lighted are the natural continuation giving it the same muscular look even from the back . The iconic twin exhaust gives it a very attractive sporty appearance .

Interior

Maserati Ghibli Interior

Maserati Ghibli interior

This car is the child of pure craftsmanship , the interior is so striking that it sets her apart from the rest of the luxury cars of her kind . The most attractive feature of the interiors is the striking instrumental panel with the 7” TFT display to view the cars dynamic data , the larger than usual odometer with the featured back-light, is a special attraction to the interior of the car. When you buckle up and are ready to drive, you have complete ergonomic control over the car. The gbhili’s interior balances perfectly a sporty look and pure luxury giving atmosphere of pure elegance. The optional all electric front adjustment system and the soft leather seating enables the drivers and passengers to be seated in any angle or any posture resulting in top class comfort .

Performance and Technology 

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This muscular beauty is more than what meets the eye. If  her  looks were just not enough to be awestruck then let the numbers do the talking. Inside the heart of this mean machine lies a twin turbo V6 3-litre engine which accords all the performance and power one can desire without compromising on the fuel consumption.For a diesel engine these specifications are very impressive ,the Maserati Gbhili is a perfect fusion of versatility in terms of use and outstanding power and performance .It can produce an imprressive maximum power of 330 HP (243 kW) at 5,000 rpm , when the Sport mode is opted , 500 Nm available at engine speeds from 1,750 to 4,500 rpm. Just throttle on to the Ghibli for 5.7 sec you will reach the magic number 100kmph from standstill and an impressive top speed of 243 kmph.

When compared to the more powerful unit in its sibling the Ghibli S , this iconic six cylinder engine is forged with a custom  designed camshafts and injectors , combined with turbo mapping and one of a kind electronic systems to reduce the fuel consumption without compromising on the power and the  throttle response. The Maserati Ghibli can be driven on a versatile range of modes including  Auto Normal, Auto Sport, Manual Normal, Manual Sport and I.C.E. (Increased Control & Efficiency).The all new Ghibli is forged with the revolutionary ZF automatic transmission system which in turn gives a lightweight and highly efficient gear transmission assisted by an auto guide software which adapts to the road condition so swiftly to give a high class driving experience .

Handling 

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This car is made with such care and precision that driving it gives as much fun as possible , the servo assisted hydraulic steering wheel gives the best feel with the wheel , steering is so effective and smooth  at all times even when moving through slow city traffic. The ghibli is crafted with a highly sophisticated suspension system to give you high levels of comfort and also sporty performance .

The Verdict 

The all new Maserati Ghibli seems like a very dangerous competitor for its rivals in the luxury sedan class like the Audi A6 , BWW 5 series and the Mercedes E-class . This Italian- American luxury sedan still manages to pack a punch being a diesel engine , price in India is estimated to around $100K ie. 45 Lakhs.

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