Maserati Ghibli Hybrid is one of the first cars to use an electric supercharger (called an e-Booster) to add additional power to the turbo two-litre petrol engine.
The Ghibli produces 246kW and 450Nm of torque, accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 5,7 seconds. Interestingly enough, this hybrid weighs 80 kg less than the diesel Ghibli that it replaces.
The 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 sets the seal on another step forward towards Maserati’s new Era.
Facing numerous challenges when entering the world of electrification, primarily to avoid altering the brand’s core philosophy and values, resulted in the creation of the best possible hybrid. What’s more, Ghibli Hybrid will retain the unmistakable sound that has always distinguished every Maserati.
Ghibli Hybrid is immediately recognisable, thanks in part to the new design of both exterior and interior. The common denominator of the restyling, developed by the Centro Stile Maserati, is the blue colour, chosen to identify all cars with hybrid technology and the new world they represent.
Three iconic side air ducts, the brake calipers and the thunderbolt in the oval that encloses the Trident on the rear pillar and 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.
In perfect harmony with its DNA, Maserati chose a hybrid solution focused primarily on improving performance, while also reducing fuel consumption and cutting emission. The hybrid technology exploits kinetic energy the car accumulates when in motion, recovering it, then transforming it into electricity during deceleration, and storing it in a battery.
The innovative powertrain, 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 with a 48 volt alternator and an additional electric supercharger, supported by a battery.
Ghibli Hybrid also marks the debut of the new Maserati Connect program, which enables a constant connection with the car: the information exchange continues when on the move, to improve the services offered to the driver. As well as updating the software packages, the system performs checks on the car and monitors the Safety Security services in emergencies.
The Maserati Intelligent Assistant multimedia system is latest-generation, based on digital inputs from Android Automotive, software that delivers an innovative User Experience fully customisable to the driver’s personal preferences. The multimedia system’s HD screen, with new graphics, more user-friendly and without surrounds, is increased in size from 8”4 to 10”1. A new instrument panel with digital devices and new graphics is also introduced.
A surprising package indeed!