The Maserati Ghibli is a model with a very controversial history. It is the last car of a much discussed management, that of Alejandro De Tomaso, and it is the first of the great rebirth under the aegis of the Fiat Group, strongly desired by the Lawyer, who took charge of it personally, so that this glorious brand remained in Italy
The name Ghibli is strongly evocative. It is that of the hot and dry wind that blows from the Sahara desert over Tripolitania and Cyrenaica and it is that of the Maserati Ghibli of 1965, which has brought so much success to the Maserati brand: it mounted a 4.7-liter V8 of 310 liters of 310 hp. Lots of horses and a lot of torque for 7,800,000 lire (equal to about 81,000 euros today). The car that in the 1990s unquestionably changed the history of Maserati, the 1992 Ghibli, built until 2,183 until 1997 under the control of “two owners”, was also named with this name. Maserati, in fact, as a car industry has had a troubled history, and that of the family, which even traces its origins in the second half of the nineteenth century, even more. The first step towards the affirmation of the Maserati name in the automotive world can be dated back to December 1, 1914, when three of the seven brothers opened a garage in Bologna with an attached workshop, founding the “Società Anonima Officine Alfieri Maserati”, named after the brother who died prematurely. and to the fourth-born Alfieri, who had been given the same name. These, together with the younger Ettore and Ernesto, had been forced to stop the business because of the war, and then return to their shared passion in the post-war period. Alfieri mainly wanted to build cars and had the cue of racing and he will succeed in 1926, always with his brothers. Starting from a Diatto GP 8C compressor they will make the “Tipo 26”, the first car that would have exhibited the “Trident”, designed by his brother Mario painter, which still stands out today on modern Maserati cars.
The period between 1992 and 1997 is the one that saw the birth and development of the Ghibli, based on the mechanical platform of the Biturbo. For the launch of the new coupe the prestigious stage of the Turin motor show was chosen, the name instead was dictated by the “superstition” to recall the first historic and glorious Ghibli, also presented in Turin in 1965, and which then had marked a great turning point in the life of the “Officine Alfieri Maserati”. The new Ghibli was discovered by Alejandro De Tomaso in person, who was also president of one of the most prestigious Italian body shops, where the top designer was “a certain young man” Giorgetto Giugiaro, hoping to close the “magic” triangle again: Ghibli , Turin, success.
The dimensions of the Ghibli are rather small: it is 4,223 mm long, 1,775 wide, 1,300 mm high, with a 2,514 mm wheelbase and a 420 liter boot. However, despite being very equipped and cared for in the interior, and with the self-supporting body with high rigidity soundproofed with the Silent Travel system, the empty weight was 1,400 kg. A detail that will favor it in performance. The suspension with independent wheels was chosen for the suspension. They are McPherson type with stabilizer bar, coil springs and hydraulic shock absorbers, double-acting pressurized double-acting on the front, with oscillating trapezoidal arms, coil springs, twin-tube pressurized hydraulic shock absorbers, on the rear. The braking system includes discs on the four wheels, self-ventilated with floating calipers on the front. The wheels are 205/45 ZR 16 keyed on rims with 7 “J x 16” channel, the front ones and 225/45 ZR 16 on rims with 8 “J x 16” channel, rear ones
However, the highlight is the compact 90º 24V 6-cylinder V-engine entirely in aluminum. A 2.0 liter with a displacement of 1,996 cc, capable of expressing a maximum power of 305 hp at 6,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 374 Nm at 4,250 rpm with a three-way catalyst and lambda probe. Two Hih turbochargers and as many intercoolers complete the propulsion system coupled to a 6-speed mechanical gearbox. Through a differential, the front engine transmits the power to the rear axle. The Ghibli’s performances are considerable: it reaches 258 km / h and accelerates from standstill to 100 km / h in 5.7 seconds. The driving pleasure is remarkable, while retaining the typical comfort of touring cars