2017 Maserati Ghibli/ Track-Ready Performance, Luxury Sedan Design

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It’s one thing to say a 2017 Maserati Ghibli in Albany, NY is a luxury sports sedan, and another thing to break down and analyze what that truly means. As a high-end sports car, it has performance that many would consider track-ready. Stock track-ready performance, mind you; not modified in anyway. Meaning that the Ghibli is, for all intents and purposes, a turnkey race vehicle. But, it doesn’t have the look of a track vehicle. No, that power and performance is harnessed in the body of a luxury sedan. It’s still aerodynamic and engineered for peak performance, but it looks more elegant than sporty.

In other words, it’s the perfect vehicle for those who want sporty handling with a luxurious flair.

Track-Ready Performance

The 2017 Ghibli is a luxury sports sedan that has a designed underpinned to the idea of agile handling. The performance of the Ghibli instantly responds to the driver’s command, including everything from cornering to transmission shifts that are not only snappy, but very gratifying. For the ultimate performance, the Ghibli S Q4 is ideal. Check out what it’s able to offer.

Engine

The Ghibli model is powered by a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Yes, two turbos, not just one. This does wonders for the horsepower and torque, allowing the 3.0-liter to produce an enticing 404 horsepower and near matching 406 lb.-ft. of torque. Because of the power output, the Ghibli S Q4 is able to attain a blazingly quick 0-60 mph time of a mere 4.7-seconds, with the ability to reach a max speed of 176 mph. Combined fuel-efficiency comes in at 19 mpg.

On the base Ghibli trim, that 3.0-liter V6 engine puts out 345 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque, but can only attain a 0-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds.

Clearly if performance is your goal, then you’ll want to choose the Ghibli S Q4. Especially since the range-topping model also comes with the Q4 Intelligent all-wheel drive system.

Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive

During normal conditions, the Q4’s power is sent to the rear-wheels. Why? Simply because RWD is able to provide the best type of sporty driving dynamics. However, thanks to the intelligent all-wheel drive system on the Q4 model, when weather and road conditions become hazardous all-wheel drive is engaged. This allows the Ghibli to experience surefooted handling in any type of weather condition.

Why is it called intelligent? It continually analyzes data to optimize driving dynamics and fuel consumption. For example, if the road surface turns slippery, the Q4 system transfers up to 50% of the power to the front wheels in 150 milliseconds, providing maximum traction.

It might not be as sporty as RWD, but the intelligent AWD system doesn’t hinder the sporty handling too much. Instead, it provides a balance of security and safety coupled with exhilarating performance; the best of both worlds.

Luxury Sedan Design

The Ghibli is a good blend of luxury and sport. Luxury is the more prominent design that comes to mind, but the sporty undertones add just the right amount of athleticism for a performance sedan. It’s primarily the stance that adds the athleticism. Though the sleek, coupe-like lines enhance the sporty look as well. Interestingly enough, the elongated and sweeping hood is more indicative of a large luxury sedan, while the tight back-end (quite literally) rounds off the sporty feel. The headlights adorn the front-end like jewelry, and are shaped so that your eyes are immediately directed to the famous Maserati trident. In itself, that symbol is a very sophisticated looking logo. The easily recognizable grille and its concave nature help the trident logo stand out even further.

Its look was truly designed to inspire and excite the senses. It’s a design that only Maserati could have come up with. Of course, it’s still an engineering marvel when it comes to aerodynamics and overall performance. If it wasn’t, it would just be considered a sports sedan.

Interior

While the exterior design is a blend of luxury and sportiness, the craftsmanship on the inside is all about luxury and comfort. Quite frankly, the Ghibli’s design is revolutionary when it comes to customization in the luxury sports car segment.

For example, the leather seating in the front and back of the Ghibli can be found in three different colors (one of which is a very nice burgundy shade). Initially, that might not seem like a revolutionary concept. However, the same leather can be used as trim and extended to the side areas above the dashboard, the instrument panel brow, and the door armrests. This creates an original two-tone combination you won’t find anywhere else. It’s much more than just a two-tone color scheme. The leather mixing with the high-quality plastic and chrome is able to create a noticeably different feel to the cabin.

If you really want to experience revolutionary luxury, then opt for the natural-fiber Zegna mulberry silk inserts. Yup, that’s right: silk inserts. They’re embellished with a hand-stitched micro-chevron pattern on the seats, door panels, roof lining, sunshades, and ceiling light fixture.

This revolutionary nature also comes with the perfect combination of functionality and style. The highest quality materials ensures value for your dollar and comfort. The wrap-around front seats create a slightly sporty feel, and the classic three-row bench in the back is like that of larger luxury sedans. The front seats are also heated, and have 12-way power adjustment.

The dashboard and central console are made of smooth, flowing lines, which matches the contours found on the outside of the vehicle.

The steering wheel is leather-clad and economically placed, helping to frame the striking instrument panel. White backlighting is used to illuminate the speedometer and rev counter.

Two premium sound systems are also available: a Harman Kardon Sound System and a Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound System. The Harman Kardon is the optional choice, and has 10 high-powered speakers positioned throughout the cabin to produce 360 degrees of sound reproduction; regardless of what seating position you’re listening from. A special high-performance subwoofer is poised to produce rumbling low-end frequencies. The Bowers & Wilkins system? 15 speakers and a 1,280-watt amplifier. Need we say more?

Maserati: Luxury and Power

Maserati is luxury and power, there’s no doubt about it. It’s not just the Ghibli that has cutting-edge performance and luxury, but other Maserati models as well. With more than a century in the making, the automaker never fails to impress consumers with its exceptionally designed — and calibrated for peak performance — vehicles.