Maserati Ghibli Review from Belgium

1997 Maserati Ghibli GT 2.8 V6 24v bi-turbo

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 24v bi-turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 kilometres
Most recent distance40000 kilometres
Previous carMaserati 222

Summary:

The ultimate Bi-turbo

Faults:

Nothing, just an oil leak from the oil cooler because it had taken a bump.

General Comments:

This our second Maserati and I must say the difference is remarkable.

The positive side is that with the new generation of our engine, it now has direct ignition for each bank and pop off valves and other improvements. The engine runs much smoother, and with the new 6 gearbox the acceleration is even better. The brutal acceleration is the same, but when you drive easy going the engine is a lot smoother and easier to handle.

The road holding is even better with the Ferrari trans axle (same as on the Quattro Porte V8), and also with the much larger wheels. The electronic suspension is the same as on our old one and does its job very well. Now the speed bumps are easier to take because the car is higher above the ground due to the large 17" wheels.

In comparison with our old Maserati the interior is like the house standard - very luxurious, but less refined than our old one, the airbag steering wheel needs a little time to get adjusted to. When you have both side by side you can tell it easy. The Ghibli's more sport orientated.

Very powerful engine and you have a real safe feeling when driving fast. Superb road holding and handling make it a real drivers' car. But you need to be aware what you are handling 284ps, 305 lb-ft at 3500rpm, 1365kg and a ranger transaxle. A very refined car with the temperament of an true Italian race car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2002

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 1 review