A wolf in Zegna's clothing
Tweaks made to the 2018 Maserati Ghibli appear to be minimal on paper with subtle styling touches and new badges, but place it in its natural habitat of narrow, mountain roads and you quickly find some other hidden gems lurking in the steering and suspension which ensures the smile stays planted on the face.
The hills above Monaco are home to some of the world’s best driving roads. Narrow and not without their pitfalls, you need to be at your alert best, but they are incredibly rewarding when you get it right.
Behind the wheel of a twin-turbocharged, 430bhp V6 Maserati Ghibli on a crisp, cold, yet sunny winter’s morning, hunting down a warm Espresso, I had settled into a nice stride with the car.
Cornering, apexing nicely, keeping the turbos on the boil, it was a rapid climb through the hills which, thanks to the lack of shrubbery from the trees awaiting their spring foliage, gave me a clear line of sight through most corners that wound their way around the mountains like strands of licorice.
The Ghibli chassis was composed through the dips and troughs of the often uneven surface but with the suspension set to Sport mode, plus the fact we were punting the all-wheel drive S Q4 version, reaffirmed my stance that this is the best handling car to currently wear a Maserati badge. [To be continued...]
Upsetting the boring executive trio of Mercedes, BMW and Audi is Italian sports car player, Maserati and with good reason. The new Ghibli that competes with E-Class, 5-Series and A6 respectively, offers a solid, if not lusty alternative
Yes, it’s more expensive than the Germans, but not only does the Maserati Ghibli offer a 430bhp, twin-turbo V6 option for the executive, middle management class, it includes something the others have consigned to the trash bin – a sound track.
At this level of car buying, most decisions are made rationally because you’re a well-to-do middle-management type and your choice is something like a BMW, Mercedes or an Audi.
But stretch the eyes just a tiny bit further south/west to Italy and I promise you something completely different, yet still in the same class.
The Maserati Ghibli has received a refresh for 2018 and with that comes the GranLusso and GranSport badges from the rest of the family, signifying the difference between the luxury version with its Ermenegildo Zegna silk and leather upholstered interior and the sports option that also includes the Q4 all-wheel drive platform. [To be continued...]