Maserati Bids Arrivederci to V-8 with Special Ghibli and Levante

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  • Maserati is transitioning away from V-8 engines, celebrating the powertrain with two remaining particular editions fitted with the twin-turbo 3.8-liter unit.
  • The Ghibli 334 Ultima unlocks a brand new prime pace of 208 mph, wears extra severe efficiency tires, and is available in a vibrant shade of turquoise.
  • The Levante V8 Ultima options plenty of carbon-fiber accents and particular badges denoting its restricted manufacturing standing, with solely 103 of every being constructed.

When Maserati revealed a brand new era of its slinky GranTurismo coupe final fall, the sports activities automobile was lacking the roaring V-8 that made earlier iterations so memorable, as a substitute providing both a twin-turbo V-6 or an all-electric powertrain. That transfer hinted at a broader demise for the eight-cylinder engine, and now Maserati has introduced two particular editions—the Ghibli 334 Ultima and Levante V8 Ultima—on the Goodwood Competition of Velocity that mark the tip of the road for the V-8.

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Will Ghibli Ultima Be the World’s Quickest Sedan?

The 2024 Ghibli 334 Ultima takes the model’s smallest sedan—set to be phased out within the coming years—to the restrict. No particulars on the V-8 had been offered, however we presume the Ultima packs the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter unit from the Trofeo model, rated at 572 horsepower. The “334” within the identify references the highest pace in kilometers per hour, with Maserati elevating the Vmax from 203 to 208 mph for the particular version. Maserati claims this makes the Ghibli the quickest sedan on the planet, placing it simply past the 207-mph Bentley Flying Spur Velocity.

Maserati additionally says weight financial savings and new tires helped lower the zero-to-62-mph time from 4.3 to three.9 seconds however did not specify what rubber the 334 Ultima rolls on, solely calling it “new efficiency tires created utilizing a particular compound.” A carbon-fiber rear spoiler and 21-inch wheels are stated to enhance aerodynamics.

The vivid blue paint—dubbed Scià di Persia—remembers the primary roadgoing Maserati fitted with a V-8: a 1959 5000 GT painted Blu Sera for the Shah of Persia. The 334 Ultima wears carbon fiber on the entrance bumper, side-view mirrors, window pillars, and door handles, whereas “334” is painted in a purple shade referred to as Rubino on the entrance fender. The cabin is decked out in Pale Terracotta leather-based with Maserati’s Trident brand and “334” stitched into the headrest.

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All concerning the Levante V8 Ultima

The 2024 Levante V8 Ultima packs the identical 572-hp twin-turbo V-8 because the special-edition Ghibli and in addition comes dressed to the nines in carbon fiber, with the unique materials adorning the entrance and rear bumpers and facet skirts. The Levante shall be supplied in two shades, Nero Assoluto (black) and Blu Royale, with “V8 Ultima” painted in Rubino on the entrance fender.

The V-8-powered SUV rides on 22-inch wheels, and the inside mirrors the Ghibli with Pale Terracotta leather-based on the seats and the “V8 Ultima” brand embroidered into the headrest. Each particular editions additionally put on an “una di 103” badge on the transmission tunnel between the seats that notes their restricted manufacturing standing.

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Maserati will construct simply 103 examples of the Ghibli and 206 examples of the Levante, with 103 items in every coloration. There is no phrase on pricing, however we wager the Ultima editions will price a good chunk greater than the Ghibli Trofeo’s $125,195 and the Levante Trofeo’s $168,495 base worth. Maserati has not but launched pictures of the complete vehicles, however we’re anticipating to get a greater have a look at the Ultima editions earlier than they go on sale within the fourth quarter of this yr.

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Caleb Miller started running a blog about vehicles at 13 years outdated, and he realized his dream of writing for a automobile journal after graduating from Carnegie Mellon College and becoming a member of the Automobile and Driver staff. He loves quirky and obscure autos, aiming to in the future personal one thing weird like a Nissan S-Cargo, and is an avid motorsports fan.

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