Maserati Ghibli Concept

Written by tonks on August 25, 2007

Maserati Ghibli ConceptThe Maserati Ghibli concept is the next best supercar that we can expect to see. Many think that it shares some simlarities to the original Dino GT that was built in the 1960′s. While they may share some characteristics there are still some definite differences.

Once you compare the concept to a standard 599 GTB, you’ll see a couple of clear differences. When viewed in profile, the crucial dash-to-axle ratio up front is shorter, probably because this car doesn’t need room for a V12 under the hood. Then look at the prototype from the front and you will notice the narrow track, as the tires don’t quite fill the wheelwells properly.

Another point to consider is that the original Dino GT from the 1960s was a midengine car, and unless this prototype has some massive underbody changes that we can’t see, its power plant resides up front. Previous Dino models also used a relatively small V6 originally designed as a racing engine. If you could listen to the concept and you’ll clearly hear a V8 providing the power. And if it’s a detuned version of the 4.3-liter engine used in the F430 as some have suggested, it sure doesn’t sound like it.

So the test mule is not a 599 GTB, and it has a V8 engine mounted up front. This doesn’t sound like any Ferrari we know, and Ferrari General Manager Amadeo Felisa continues to strongly deny that Ferrari plans any sort of downsize, V8-powered car. This leads us to the Maserati Ghibli. Unlike Ferrari, Maserati already builds a front-engined coupe with a V8, the GranTurismo. This is a big GT 2+2, however, and its wheelbase is even longer than that of the Ferrari 599 GTB.

We think there’s plenty of room in the Maserati lineup for a smaller, hard-edged two-seater, a sports car like the original Ghibli, which debuted in 1967 as Maserati’s answer to the Ferrari 275 GTB. It would take the place of Maserati’s poorly executed Coupe and Spyder models and could share parts with the V8-powered Alfa Romeo 8C.Maserati has even submitted a trademark application for the name.

More important, a revived Ghibli would give Maserati a new entry-level car better positioned to compete with modern rivals like the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Lamborghini Gallardo.And unlike Ferrari, which has consistently said it has no desire to expand production in order to maintain its exclusivity, Maserati has not been shy about saying that it would like to boost output at its plant in Modena.

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