The legacy of Italian families who have invested their lives in creating some of the most hallmark machines to roam the Earth will always stand. Borne in the common womb of automotive excellence, Maserati has governed the fantasies of racing enthusiasts for a better portion of the last century and found its way into the echelons of luxury and performance in recent decades. From there, it commands a position of respect, with each new rendition that rolls in.
All Maserati cars are named after the impactful winds and the Maserati Ghibli is no exception. After debuting at the 1966 Turin Motor Show, it has come a long way and has finally beached on Indian shores. What’s really exciting is that it brings the top-of-the-line Trofeo model as well.
This shows the company’s intent and vision for the Indian market. Before you curb your enthusiasm, you need to know that the Hybrid variant has also landed. So, let’s dive into the details.
An absolute stunner
Maserati is known to have normalised 4-door sedans. That’s commonplace. However, the front grille and the tail-lights have received a few noticeable touches. The LED headlamps sport adaptive Matrix lights offering the driver a 200 per cent greater field of vision as compared to conventional headlamps. The presence of blue accents across the body makes it quite distinct from its cousins. You find it on the front fenders, brake calipers, and the emblem on the C-pillar. And this pattern is carried forward inside the car as well.
You now get an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Google and Alexa connectivity support. You get the advantage of the Maserati Connect system that keeps you connected with the car more intimately. With this, you can control your car remotely using your smartphone.
Maserati is known to not reserve too much when it comes to technical specifications. You get keyless entry, a powered boot with a kick sensor, soft-close doors, Level 2 Advanced driver aids, and adaptive suspension among other things.
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Built for power and performance
You can buy the 2021 Maserati Ghibli with either of the three available engine options. The base is the V6 3.0-litre engine that produces 430hp. Then there’s the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder mild-hybrid variant, which comes with a 48V hybrid configuration that provides an additional electronic boost on-demand. All of this is responsible for an impressive 330hp and 450Nm torque as output.
Here’s a hybrid that shoots from stationary to 100kmph in just 5.7 seconds, if Maserati’s claim is to be believed. The magic of the mild-hybrid setup is that it generates power for the battery to charge every time the brakes are applied since the battery is located under the boot.
And finally, we have the top-end 3.8-litre V8 engine that comes in the Trofeo. It amasses a massive 580hp and 730Nm of torque. The Trofeo is the best and the most expensive variant in the 2021 Ghibli range for good reason. It can go from 0 to 100kmph in just 4.3 seconds and can reach speeds of 326kmph — a feat you wouldn’t be able to truly test on too many Indian roads. The 8-speed automatic gearbox sends power to the rear wheels and sets this beast on a rampage. For those who frequently thumb through the annals of automotive racing history, these specifications wouldn’t be overwhelming. After all, it was a Maserati that swept the Formula 1 top spot in 1957 and has since been a close ally of top speed.
Who is it for?
Maserati has always inspired thought as much as it has passion. It taught the world that a saloon needn’t be as vanilla as the Germans would have theirs. That there is an underlying romance in the marriage of performance, stability, and astuteness. And that you can adapt to the new world with the passion of the old. The Maserati Ghibli has trodden a long and arduous path leading up to the 2021 version. It’s so versatile (like the wind that it is named after) that you can place it in any garage — be it a thrill-seeker, a stately businessman, or even a weekend escapist. Of course, performance is served by the model you pick and the differences between all three engine configurations are quite stark.
The 2.0-litre hybrid goes for Rs1.15 to Rs1.42 crore, the 3.0-litre V6 for Rs1.51 to Rs1.55 crore, and the Trofeo for Rs1.93 crore. This doesn’t look like the end of the road for Maserati in India because they sure have plans for us. There are reports about the Quattroporte and the Levante heading our way.
We cannot contain our excitement as we’ve been dreaming of seeing a lot more of Maserati, which is said to literally translate to ‘holy cow’.