With the new Ghibli Hybrid, the Italian luxury Trident brand enters the world of electrification. The new Ghibli Hybrid represents one of the most ambitious projects for Maserati, which after the announcement of the new engine for the MC20 super sports car now marks another step forward towards the brand’s new era.
The company promises that the Ghibli Hybrid will retain the unmistakable sound that has always distinguished every Maserati.
The common denominator of the restyling for the new model, developed by the Centro Stile Maserati, is the blue colour, chosen to identify all cars with hybrid technology and the new world they represent.
On the exterior, the blue colour characterises the three side air ducts, the brake calipers and the thunderbolt in the oval that encloses the Trident on the rear pillar. The same blue colour reappears inside the car, in particular on the embroidered seams of the seats. There are significant changes at the rear of the car, where the light clusters have been completely restyled, with a boomerang-like profile inspired by the 3200 GT and the Alfieri concept car.
Maserati says it has chosen a hybrid solution focused primarily on improving performance, while also reducing fuel consumption and cutting emissions.
The hybrid technology exploits the kinetic energy the car accumulates when in motion, recovering it and transforming it into electricity during deceleration and braking, and storing it in a battery.
The powertrain, which is the outcome of in-depth engineering development work by the technicians and engineers of the Maserati Innovation Lab in Modena, combines an internal combustion engine (4 cylinders, turbo, displacement of 2.0 l) with a 48 volt alternator and an additional electric supercharger (e-Booster), supported by a battery.
The battery is mounted in the rear of the car, with benefits in terms of improved weight distribution.
This version weighs about 80 kg less than the Diesel.
Thanks to maximum power output of 325 bhp and torque of 332 ft lb delivered from 1,500 rpm, the new Ghibli Hybrid’s performance data are: top speed of 158 mph and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds.
Electrification the Maserati way
The new Ghibli Hybrid represents the first step in a plan that will lead to the electrification of all new Maserati models. The Brand’s first all-electric cars will be the new GranTurismo and GranCabrio, scheduled for 2021.