The Masterati Ghibli is the name that has been given to three different cars, each of which are produced by Italian carmaker Maserati. There was a V8 grand tourer, which was produced from 1966 to 1973, a V6 twin-turbo coupe produced from 1992 to 1997, and the Maserati Ghibli or M157 executive saloon that was produced from 2013 to now. The Ghibli is named after the Libyan word for the Sirocco dessert, which has a hot and dry climate year round.
The original Ghibli or Tipo 115 was a 2-door model, released in 1967. This vehicle used a powerful V8 engine that was first introduced to the public in 1966 at the Turin Motor Show and ended up being the most popular vehicle from this automaker since it withdrew from the racing circuit in the 1950s. The Ghibli outsold its two biggest competitors, the Lamorghini Miura and the Ferrari Daytona. This car was ranked number nine on Sports Car Internationla’s list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s. This car has a steel body with a low, shark-like nose and was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, who was working at Ghia at the time.
The Ghibli used a front-placed quad-cam 310 bhp V8 engine, which had the ability to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 6.8 seconds with a top speed of 154 mph. This car could be purchased with a 5-speed manual or 3-speed automatic transmission. By the standards at the time and for its own class, the Ghibli consumed a massive amount of fuel, though it was fitted with two 50 liter fuel tanks, which could be flipped via flaps located on either side of the roof pillars. This car was designed with pop-up headlights, allow wheels, and leather sport seats as well.
The convertible version of the Ghibli, known as the Ghibli Spyder, started production in 1969. The Ghibli SS, which was released in 1969, was a bit more powerful with its 335 horsepower engine. The Ghibli eventually went out of production in 1973 and was ultimately succeeded by the Khamsin. A total of 1,170 coupes and 127 Spyders were produced for a number of markets. The Ghibli II was introduced in 1992 with a completely different design and also came with updated Maserati Biturbo engines, including a 2.0 liter V6 and a 2.8 liter V6 with a six-speed transmission for a number of different countries around the world.
A revised version of the Ghibli was released in 1994 with quite a few different features, including a new interior, new wheels and a fully adjustable electronic suspension as well as ABS brakes. More improvements were made to this car in 1996, including spoked alloy 17” wheels along with some minor modifications to the transmission and suspension. The coupe version of this car was built primarily for performance as well as luxury with an interior that featured high quality materials and a number of features.
The Ghibli III or the M157 was the third generation car and came in the form of an executive saloon. This car was first displayed to the public at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2013 and was offered with three different engines, each of which was a 3.0 V6. These engines inclouded a twin-turbocharged 330 PS or 410 PS petrol and a 275 PS or 271 horsepower turbodiesel. This made the Ghibli the very first Maserati production vehicle to be powered by a diesel engine. There was also an 8-speed automatic transmission made available on all models, as well as all-wheel drive with the most powerful V6, though it was not available for right hand drive markets.