Trofeo! Maserati introduces the fastest ever Ghibli and Quattroporte

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Manny De Los Reyes
Manny De Los Reyes
Manny de los Reyes, motoring editor of wheels.ph as well as its print edition, has been writing about cars since 1995. His life has been deeply intertwined with cars, having cleaned and maintained the family cars as a teenager, operating a paint shop and entering national car shows in college, before joining Nissan after graduation. He handled car brands as a copywriter afterwards. Today, when he's not testing or writing about cars or attending motoring events, he is home reading novels or playing with his shih tzu.

When you win, you get a trophy. And you’ll truly feel like a world champion when you get behind the wheel of Maserati’s two newest additions to the celebrated Trofeo line, the Ghibli Trofeo and Quattroporte Trofeo — the fastest Maserati sedans ever.

Following the 2018 launch of Maserati’s flagship (and fastest) SUV, the Levante Trofeo, the new Quattroporte and Ghibli Trofeo have now made their world debuts, embodying the pinnacle of Maserati performance, sportiness and luxury in a luxury sedan.

To highlight Maserati’s all-Italian identity, the colors chosen for the Trofeo collection launch are those of the country’s tri-colore: green for Quattroporte, white for Levante and red for Ghibli, which combine with the burnished chrome-work and glossy red trims for a particularly aggressive and elegant look.

The heart of the Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo is the Ferrari-made 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 bursting with 580hp and 730Nm of torque, first seen on the Levante Trofeo. The engine is mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic.

Although completely new for the Ghibli, the V8 has previously been used in Quattroporte GTS, in slightly less powerful 530hp form. The Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo can now proudly claim to be the fastest Maserati sedans ever, each with a top speed of a stunning 326 km/h. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 4.3 seconds in the Ghibli Trofeo and 4.5 in Quattroporte guise.

Like the Levante Trofeo, the rear-wheel drive Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo also incorporate Maserati’s Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system, with a specific setup that guarantees enhanced driving dynamics, greater active safety and even more thrilling performance. Suspension is via front double wishbones and rear multi-links, with Maserati’s superb Skyhook shock absorbers at each corner. The sedans have the Corsa button that sets the car for an even sportier driving style. Also included is Launch Control, a function that first appeared on Levante Trofeo, to unleash all the engine’s power and deliver breathtaking performance.

The Ghibi and Quattroporte Trofeo models can be identified by exclusive stylistic touches that identify these flagship models. These include the front grille with twin vertical bars in Black Piano finish, and the introduction of carbon fiber on the front air duct trims and rear extractor, for an even more aggressive effect. The whole Trofeo collection is distinguished by the red details that characterize the bottom profiles of the side air vents and the lightning bolt on the Trident badge on the C-pillars. The Ghibli Trofeo’s hood has also been restyled, featuring two aggressive air ducts for better cooling, just like on Levante Trofeo.

There are major changes at the rear, where the taillights have been completely restyled, with a boomerang-like profile inspired by the 3200 GT and the Alfieri concept car. The Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo are fitted with 21-inch aluminum Orione wheels.

The Trofeo identity continues in the interior, with a new onboard panel that displays an exclusive interface at switch-on, while the headrests bear the Trofeo badge with the name in three-dimensional relief. The exclusivity also extends to the interior upholstery, in full-grain Pieno Fiore natural leather.

The ADAS system has evolved to include new functions, and thanks to Active Driving Assist, the assisted driving function can now be activated on city roads and highways.

New technologies also appear in MIA (Maserati Intelligent Assistant), the multimedia screen with upgraded resolution and larger size (10.1” on both Ghibli Trofeo and Quattroporte Trofeo), but with improved resolution and graphics.

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