Maserati Ghibli S Video Review
There are only a few brands that can inspire an emotional reaction from those of us who love to drive, and Maserati is one of them. It may well come as surprise to you when we tell you the current Ghibli has been around for three years now. The hottest, most appealing, and perhaps less sensible member of the Ghibli family is the S, and it comes with a very special V6 heart. And that three-liter turbo charge V6 engine produces not only a rather substantial 410 PS, but a truly lovely soundtrack to match it. Of course, it goes just as well as it sounds, too. The trip to 62 miles per hour from a standstill takes 5 seconds, and the top speed is 177 miles per hour.
The Ghibli S comes equipped with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It’s a slick shifting unit and works well in every situation, from a lazy automatic motorway cruise to a fast-changing manual back road blast. Being a heavy saloon, it doesn’t ever feel all that agile, but the light steering does a good job of masking the weight of the Ghibli S. Unfortunately, it sacrifices plenty of steering feel in order to do so. Thankfully, there’s a vast amount of grip from the rear, important because it’s the rear wheels that handle all that power from the engine.
Maserati make some of the most beautiful cars on sale today, and the Ghibli S is no different. It has fantastic proportions and a number of charming touches that can’t help but draw the eye.
Inside the Ghibli S, the traditional dash-mounted analog clock is still there, but underneath is the new large entertainment touchscreen where the majority of functions for the Ghibli S are controlled from. The dash itself is swathed in elegantly stitched leather, and Maserati has done an excellent job in offering comfortable and supportive seats, too. These are wrapped in more beautiful leather and come with highly adjustable electronic controls.
Speaking in more sensible terms, there’s plenty of space available in the boot, 500 liters to be exact, but there isn’t as much space available for passengers in the rear. Only two adults will get into the back, the middle seat is only suitable for a child on a booster cushion, and leg and headroom isn’t the best.
Maserati does a good job in offering heavy customization for those who can indulge in it, but for those looking to keep the cost of the basic £64,000 price tag, you’ll be pleased to know the Ghibli S is well-equipped. Adaptive LED lighting, unlimited slip dif, climate and cruise control, and sat-nav are all standard amongst a host of other things.
If you drive a BMW, a Mercedes, or even one of Jaguar’s new saloons, you walk into your house at the end of the day and close the door behind you just like anybody else. If you drive a Maserati, you do exactly the same thing, except just before you sit down, you peek out of the curtains, briefly gaze upon the Italian car parked outside, and smile. What price you put on that feeling is entirely down to you.