BMW 5-series rival takes to the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The new Maserati Ghibli saloon was given its world dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Ghibli, based around a shortened version of the new Maserati Quattroporte's architecture and intended as a glamorous alternative to the BMW 5-series, will launch in the UK later this year.

Engines in the line-up include a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine with either 326bhp or a 404bhp, or, in a first for Maserati, a 271bhp 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel that's expected to account for the bulk of sales.

All Ghiblis come with an eight-speed paddle-shift ZF transmission, multilink rear suspension and double wishbones up front, Maserati’s electronically controlled Skyhook dampers, a limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes and hydraulically assisted steering.

All benefit from 50:50 weight distribution, a model-for-model kerb weight 50kg lighter than the Quattroporte and a 0.31 drag coefficient.

The volume-selling diesel model has been priced from £48,830.

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11 July 2013

0.31 drag co-efficient is very poor these days. Need another decimal place, to compare the nitty gritty.

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