Carmudi Monthly 015 - Page 28

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performance

In the Ghibli, I'd be the annoying guy at the traffic light constantly revving away. Not because I want to show off or try to race anyone, but purely because the sweet notes the Twin Turbo-charged V6 makes is it plays that Maserati melody through the quad exhausts.

Driven sensibly, the Ghilbi is a comfortable 4 door sedan—the steering is light and the gearbox ticks through the gears with no complaints. The suspension is set to be more sporty, so the ride can feel a little hard on bumpier roads, and it sitting so low (114mm ground clearance), you may need to be careful of how you get over those bumps.

If you are looking to buy the Ghibli and only use it for boring stuff like going to the office or dropping off the kids at school, well, that's kind of like getting an eagle and never letting it fly. You need to let it fly, the eagle, and the car, because its brute force becomes driving ecstasy faster than it takes the Ghibli to hit 100kmph (which is just 4.7 seconds). Roaring like a beast finally uncaged, those 420+ horses come galloping out and you can't help but smile. However, straight line speed isn't where the Ghibli truly shines, its in the corners.

Suddenly, the low stance and the hard suspension make so much sense, hugging the road like a child that refuses to part with his favorite toy, the car seems to find an endless supply of grip as you push it through winding up hill roads. Make sure to switch on to

sport mode, to get the full Ghibli experience though, deeper growls and more excitement. Negatives? Though the steering is hydraulic, it feels electric, so its too light. Great for slow traffic but takes away the feedback and fun when putting your foot down.

The first Maserati Ghibli was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and unveiled at the Turin Motor Show of 1966.