Maserati expands its Trofeo collection
Ferrari-built V8 makes Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo the fastest Maserati sedans ever.
So, you’ve been a good girl or boy all year and you’re wondering what to ask Santa to leave under your tree, come December 25.
How about the new Maserati Levante Ghibli sedan?
The Italian luxury and sports car maker has shoehorned its Ferrari-built 3.8-litre V8 beneath the bonnet of its mid-sized Ghibli sedan as part of an expansion of its Trofeo collection.
The new engine is the same unit that made its debut in the 2018 Levante Trofeo SUV, the most extreme and powerful version of the trident brand’s big off-roader.
Now, the smaller Ghibli (pictured above) and larger Quattroporte (pictured below) sedans are also available in Trofeo specification, each representing the pinnacle of sports luxury in their respective ranges.
The V8 engine at the heart of these new Maserati sedans is a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 with power output of 433kW at 6250rpm and peak torque of 730Nm.
The engine is built at Ferrari’s Maranello plant to Maserati’s specifications, with recent modifications freeing up even more power for fitment to the sedans.
Although completely new for Ghibli, the V8 engine has already been used in the past on Quattroporte GTS, albeit in a 395kW tune.
Now, with the engine’s wick turned up to deliver 433kW, Maserati claims the Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo are its fastest sedans ever, each with a top speed of 326km/h.
By comparison, the 2.1-tonne Levante Trofeo is a relative slug, with a maximum speed of just 302km/h, despite benefiting from the same power and torque upgrades.
The new Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo sedans incorporate the same Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system as underpins the Levante Trofeo, with a specific setup that guarantees enhanced driving dynamics, greater active safety and even more thrilling performance.
The sedans feature a Corsa button that sets the car for an even sportier driving style, as well as Launch Control, which electronically controls the engine and transmission to deliver maximum off-the-mark acceleration.
In addition to extra performance and the distinctive aural signature of their V8 exhaust note, the Trofeo collection models feature special stylistic touches to differentiate them from others in the range.
The rear light clusters have been completely restyled on both sedans, with a boomerang-like profile inspired by the 3200 GT and the Alfieri concept car.
The grilles are finished in a glossy piano black and there are splashes of carbon fibre on the front air duct trims and the rear diffusers.
Other stying enhancements include 21-inch aluminium Orione wheels, red detailing on the side air vents, and a lightning bolt on the Trident badge on the C-pillars.
Inside, the Trofeo models feature a new on-board panel that displays an exclusive interface at switch-on, the headrests bear the Trofeo badge, and the interior is clad in full-grain Pieno Fiore natural leather.
The ADAS system has evolved to include new functions and, thanks to active driving assist, the assisted driving function can now be activated on urban roads as well as highways.
New technologies also appear in MIA (Maserati Intelligent Assistant), the multimedia screen with upgraded resolution and a larger 10.1-inch size on the sedans.
Maserati Australia has not yet released pricing or specifications for this market, but a spokesperson said the new models were expected to arrive in Australia in early 2021.
Expect pricing to be north of the current range toppers in the respective ranges: the 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 powered Ghibli S Gran Sport, at $184,990; and the 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo powered Quattroporte GranLusso, at $299,990.