Alfardan Sports Motors, in their commitment to bringing the best of the best to their clientele, officially launched Maserati’s new four-door sports executive sedan, the Ghibli, at the annual Qatar Motor Show, one of the most notable motoring event in the Middle East. In addition to the Ghibli, visitors of the show are also able to see Maserati’s flagship, the Quattroporte S, as well as the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale.
The Ghibli, Maserati’s new four-door sports executive sedan, has been heralded as a masterpiece for its combination of Italian luxury; elegance and performance with everyday practicality and accessibility. The Ghibli delivers ‘everyday luxury’ for buyers in the executive class (E-segment) premium sports market.
“The Ghibli is a masterpiece and we at Alfardan Sports Motors are delighted to present it to Qatar. The Ghibli enters the E-segment of the sports premium market with superb design, performance and handling qualities. We predict it taking off in Qatar at lightning speed. It’s suited for those who admire luxury that can be a part of one’s everyday life,” commented Mr. Mohamed Kandeel, General Manager of Alfardan Sports Motors.
The launch of this important new model coincides with the Italian marque’s centennial celebrations. As Maserati officially celebrates the 100th year of its history, it does so in a period of unprecedented health and unparalleled growth. The Ghibli provides a cornerstone in Maserati’s plan to build 50,000 cars a year by 2015.
“Not only are we remarkably proud that Maserati has stood the test of time, with unparalleled growth over our youthful 100 years, but in terms of our product range and new launches, the launch of the Ghibli could not have come at better time. We are proud of what has been created. Our new Maserati brand claim ‘The Opposite of Ordinary’ is a testament to the company’s first 100 years and a guideline for the next 100,” commented Mr. Umberto Maria Cini, Managing Director for Maserati’s Global Overseas Markets.
The Ghibli epitomises everyday luxury whilst exceptional inspiration from a long lineage of successful automobiles that have redefined Italian sports cars. It is the second model after the flagship to be manufactured to new benchmark quality standards in Maserati’s new state-of-the-art production facilities in Grugliasco close to Turin. Both versions of the petrol engine range, the Ghibli and Ghibli S, feature a new-generation twin turbo-charged 3.0 litre V6 engine and an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. With its power output of 410 hp the Ghibli S races to 100km/h in 5.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 285km/h. The Ghibli delivers 330hp, a top speed of 263 km/h and acceleration of 0 to 100km/h in 5.6 seconds.
The outline of the body reflects a coupé-like design philosophy for the four-door sedan, while there are noticeable feline hints around the Ghibli’s grille and headlights. The shape of the headlights converges onto the Trident symbol, with every angle designed to attract the eye to Maserati’s legendary marque. With its long wheelbase, a total length of 4.97m and wide tracks, the Ghibli demonstrates a perfect blend of sportiness and elegance that is second to none in its class.
The Ghibli enters the E-segment of the sports premium market with a tangible advantage in cabin craftsmanship and detailing. It also sets itself apart with a unique, cockpit-inspired dashboard design that perfectly matches its sporty and youthful character without compromising on the highest level of refinement and sophistication. Key elements such as the 8.4" Maserati Touch Control and the fine Poltrona Frau® leather finish underline the cabin’s timeless sporting character. Optional features include the 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkes high end audio system, WLAN based WiFi and a wide range of customization options that cater for the most demanding individuals.
With the original Quattroporte in 1963, Maserati invented the concept of the luxury sports sedan and the new Quattroporte continues to be the benchmark for high quality engineering, supercar performance and limousine comfort. The sixth-generation model delivers a leap forward, but also remains faithful to Maserati’s long history. The flagship of the Maserati product range is larger, lighter, more luxurious and more practical than the globally acclaimed car it replaces. The powerful engine and the large cabin are at the core of the Quattroporte’s design. The direct-injection, twin turbo charged 3.0-litre V6 engine has been, like the engines of the Ghibli, developed in partnership with Ferrari Powertrain and built by Ferrari in its world-leading engine construction facility in Maranello.
The GranTurismo MC Stradale four-seater perfectly blends high performance driving with the luxury of a coupé made in Modena. First launched in 2010, the previous two-seater version of the GranTurismo MC Stradale took development ideas from the Trofeo track racing cars to the road. Now Maserati evolved the super coupé into a machine that is just as fast but even more practical, technically advanced and even more beautiful.
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