Before we get into the drive, the car’s modes need to be addressed: especially the exhaust’s throaty growl in sports mode. It was a pleasant surprise and something that definitely brings a smile to your face. When you drop it into sports mode, bypass valves within the exhaust open up and the car goes from Doctor Jekyll to Mr. Hyde really quick. In normal mode – the car is much more refined.
While luxury takes precedence, the car’s sporty genes manifest on open roads. The car is fast. It can go from 0-100kmph in 4.9 seconds and can touch a top speed of 286 kmph. For a large sedan, this thing has a spring in its step. While the Ghibli is generally called the baby of the Maserati family, the car is rather large and heavy at 1810kgs.
While I usually take demo or review vehicles to the mountains in Al Ain, Ras Al Khaimah or Fujeirah, I decided to take the Ghibli on a long family road trip to Umm Al Quwain. While I thought I would prefer the car in constant-sports-mode with its V6 firing on all cylinders, I ended up favouring the pure luxury the Ghibli has to offer.
And during the long drive I got to play around with the car’s ‘Advance Driver Assistance Pack’. The pack is comprises more than 6 features that are designed to enhance your driving experience. While adaptive cruise control, stop & go and active blind spot alerts are standard, those features when paired with the lane keeping assistant and the forward collision warning just make the drive even better.
Another feature that I fell in love with is its Traffic Sign Recognition. The feature, at first seemed rather gimmicky, but over time it proved how useful it actually is.
The Traffic Sign Recognition feature does what it says on the box. Cameras towards the front of the car constantly scan speed limits or other road signs and display them in the form of a little icon on the driver’s 7-inch display. I did mention that it felt like an unnecessary gimmick, but it helps loads during long drives where speed limits are constantly changing and you sometimes don’t spot every single speed sign.
Together with the several driving aids, handling the car itself is effortless, the Ghibli demands a certain respect on the road and almost everything is absolutely perfect.
Of all the cars we’ve been lucky to experience over the years – I did feel a bit disheartened while I drove the Ghibli GranSport back to Maserati.
Even though we choose to spend our time with the Ghibli instead of the Quattroporte of the GranTurismo, there were no regrets at all. And while the Ghibli is the more affordable option, or the baby of the pack – the car is all Maserati.