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The Top Gear car review:Maserati Ghibli
For:It’s a Maserati, fun to drive, saying you own a Maserati
Against:Diesel could be better, rear legroom, styling
What is it?
Maserati has ambitious growth plans, and the Ghibli is leading the charge. That evocative name has had several previous outings on Maseratis, but never on a car of this size or mainstream intent. Effectively a scaled-down version of the huge Quattroporte limo, the UK gets three versions: a 3.0-litre, 272bhp V6 turbodiesel, and single- and twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrols, with 325bhp and 404bhp respectively. (Fact fans might like to note that the petrol units were developed and are made by Ferrari, for unbeatable golf club kudos.)
The Ghibli looks more effective in the flesh than it does in photographs, but we still suspect that it’s designed to appeal more to the very fast-growing Asia- Pacific and Chinese markets than the European one.
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