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Maserati Unveils Its First Hybrid Engine

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When you think of Maserati, you likely imagine high-performance sports cars renowned for their power and luxury. Maserati has a reputation for producing some of the most powerful and expensive supercars globally, but until now, efficiency and sustainability weren’t typically associated with the brand. With the debut of their inaugural hybrid model, Maserati aims to change that perception. What can enthusiasts anticipate from this groundbreaking vehicle?

Meet the Ghibli Hybrid

Recently, Maserati revealed plans to introduce a hybrid model, christened the Ghibli. This hybrid masterpiece features a 2.0L four-cylinder engine, an electric supercharger, and a 48-volt hybrid powertrain. Despite not matching the monstrous power of the typical Maserati supercar, the Ghibli still impresses with 325 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque.

The Ghibli hybrid boasts a top speed of 158 mph and accelerates from 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds, as per Maserati’s press release. Lighter than its diesel counterpart by 176 pounds, the hybrid delivers improved handling due to the rear-positioned battery pack. It achieves an average fuel consumption of 33.2 miles per gallon.

Maserati’s Electric Vision

Traditionally, the Ghibli serves as Maserati’s experimental platform for new technologies. Initially a diesel model in 2013, it now leads the way as Maserati’s pioneer hybrid vehicle. The Ghibli is just the start, with Maserati planning to introduce hybrid or fully electric options across its entire lineup by 2023. This strategic move propels Maserati into the era of electrification.

Subsequent plans involve transitioning to wholly electric drivetrains, intended for new versions of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio set to debut in the 2020 model year.

Embracing the Mild Hybrid Approach

Contrary to expectations of a plug-in hybrid, Maserati chose a “mild hybrid” powertrain. This mild hybrid system focuses on reducing fuel consumption while enhancing performance. Rather than plugging in to charge, the Ghibli’s hybrid system captures kinetic energy while in motion or during braking. This energy is stored in the battery to elevate the vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

While not yielding significant fuel economy improvements akin to a conventional plug-in hybrid, the Maserati Ghibli impresses with a unique resonator that retains the iconic Maserati engine roar. Drivers might not even notice they’re behind the wheel of a hybrid!

Prospects for Owning a Ghibli

The availability and pricing of the Maserati Ghibli in the United States remain uncertain. The standard 2020 Ghibli, available in the U.S., commences at just under $70,000, a surprisingly reasonable figure for a Maserati. The prospective cost of the Ghibli Hybrid is expected to be notably higher if Maserati decides to introduce it in the U.S.

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The transition to a fully electric drivetrain with the GranTurismo and GranCabrio in the pipeline for next year poses an intriguing development. Electric systems have the potential to deliver more horsepower than traditional combustion engines. The future holds the possibility of Maserati or another top-tier brand creating an electric car so potent that it exceeds street-legal limits. The future of Maserati and other luxury car manufacturers in the Age of Electrification remains uncertain, yet promises exciting horizons.

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