Maserati makes

diesel whisper

Maserati Ghibli, rear
Maserati Ghibli, interior
Maserati Ghibli, side, static
Maserati Ghibli, side

THERE are some car names that really stand out from the crowd like Bentley, Porsche and Ferrari.

But if you can tell people you drive a Maserati, the cachet is just as special. These are cars that exude history and heritage, from a manufacturer that competed successfully in Formula 1 within living memory.

Its latest sports saloon is the luxurious and fascinating Ghibli, which comes with whisper quiet 3.0-litre V6 petrol or diesel engines driving the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

I drove the most important model as far as this country is concerned - the 271bhp diesel - and was hugely impressed with its immense acceleration, silky gearchanges and excellent grip through a tortuous handling course.

The ride might not be quite as smooth as some competitors but to be honest, most drivers would hardly notice the difference when they had such a wonderful machine to drive.

This is a business driver's dream, with performance plus economy and low emissions.

Sumptuous hardly comes close to the luxurious ambiance of the cabin, with electrically adjusted, beautifully-shaped leather armchairs front and rear, more dials than a Eurofighter, and almost every conceivable extra as standard.

These include a multi-function leather covered steering wheel, active cruise control for long motorway journeys, and a big, easy-to-use touch screen for climate, audio, phone and sat nav.

 

FAST FACTS

Price: £49,160

Mechanical: 271bhp, 2,987cc, 6cyl diesel engine driving rear wheels via 8-speed automatic gearbox

Max Speed: 155mph

0-62mph: 6.2 seconds.

Combined MPG: 47

Insurance Group: 46

C02 emissions: 158g/km 

Bik rating: 27%

Warranty: 3yrs/ 60,000 miles

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