Maserati’s answer to the BMW 5-Series and E-Class has landed in Malaysia. Behold the Ghibli, a resurrected nameplate, now in four-door saloon format which complements the Quattroporte in Maserati’s passenger-oriented line-up of vehicles.
The Ghibli arrives in Malaysia in two formats, namely the Ghibli and Ghibli S. Both variants are powered by a Ferrari-derived 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine mated to the familiar but oh-so-effective 8-speed ZF gearbox. The differences lie mainly with the output. The standard Ghibli gets 330hp and 500Nm while the Ghibli S’s V6 heart is uprated to produce 410hp and 550Nm.
As a result, the Ghibli S is the quicker of the two, with its century sprint and top speed of 5.0 seconds and 285kph eclipsing the Ghibli’s 5.6 seconds and 263kph.
Like the Quattroporte, the shorter and lighter Ghibli offers just as much luxury as it does in terms of performance. The interior is wrapped in colour-customisable Poltrona Frau leather while an 8.4-inch Maserati Touch Control system and 15-speaker Bower & Wilkins audio setup are standard fitment.
Prices for the Ghibli and Ghibli S start at RM538,800 and RM628,800. Local distributor Naza Italia has also thrown in a three-year, 60,000km service package into the sticker price. Does that tempt you away from the tested German fare?