The most popular model of Maserati has received a version with a hybrid powertrain. Will such electrification hurt the image of the sports brand?
Maserati says the hybrid solution for the Ghibli is focused primarily on improving the sedan’s performance. However, both the reduction of fuel consumption and emissions are all just as good and up-to-date.
The hybrid powertrain is a proprietary Maserati design. It is about a mild hybrid technology, therefore, the sports sedan is spared from charging wires, a heavy battery pack and other ballast of full-fledged hybrids and electric cars.
The powertrain includes a petrol turbo-four, a 48-volt alternator and an e-Booster – an additional electric supercharger. This is a unique solution in the segment and, in fact, the first such.
The battery is mounted at the rear of the vehicle, which has the advantage of improving weight distribution. By the way, the mild hybrid Maserati Ghibli is about 80 kg lighter than the diesel version.
The maximum power output is 330 hp, the torque is 450 Nm. The Maserati Ghibli Hybrid reaches speeds of up to 255 km/h. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 5.7 seconds.
In order not to spoil the characteristic sound of all Maserati models in the Ghibli Hybrid, the exhaust system has been optimized. It includes specially designed resonators.
Thus, there is currently no threat to the dynamics and even the “voice” of Maserati through electrification.
The new hybrid is the first item in the electrification plan for all new Maserati models. As for pure electric vehicles, they will be the new developments of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio. Their debut is scheduled for 2021.