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Maserati Ghibli II: Buying guide and review (1992-1998)

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Despite bearing the same name as its 1960s stable mate, the ‘90s Ghibli was a completely different beast. Save for that name and the fact that if also featured a pair of occasional rear seats, the Maserati Ghibli II was actually in evolution of the Biturbo – a car that made few friends thanks to its sketchy reliability. However, utilising updated Biturbo engines and running gear, as well as much improved electronics the Ghibli has proven to be a far more reliable and generally impressive car. The angular looks have aged well and the performance is still respectable today.
Values have remained low for a while now, although prices for Cup models and mint condition cars have been firming up so it may be a good time to start looking at these angular Italian machines. 

Which one to buy?

Produced solely in a two-door coupe body shell, European customers got the Ghibli a year earlier than the UK, when it arrived the 302bhp 2.0-litre turbo power plant was replaced with torquier but slightly less powerful 2.8 V6 turbo. Both engines have proven to be reliable. The 2.0-litre requires a few more revs to get going, but it offers a bit more at the top end. 
Production volumes were low, with a little over 2000 cars built and just over 1000 finding homes in the UK, the first UK-spec Ghiblis came equipped with five speed manuals, which were replaced with six-speed units from 1995-on. A four-speed automatic was available as an option from the start, and most UK cars were so equipped. As the manuals are more suited to the car’s sporty character, a number of LHD imports equipped with the six-speed manual and 2.0-litre litre engines were imported into the UK. Specification levels were high with very few extras available, Connolly leather interior, electric everything and burr walnut trim were standard.
The limited edition 335bhp 2.0-litre Ghibli Cup cars were introduced to celebrate the single make Ghibli Cup series, which comprised of 25 cars and ran from 1995-1996. 57 road-going versions were built and these have become highly sought after.
Another limited edition car, the Ghibli Primatist was built to commemorate a world speed record on water – a record achieved by a speedboat powered by a Ghibli Biturbo V6. Ultramarine blue exterior paint and two tone blue leather interior mark out the 60 Primatist cars. Availability is very limited, so our choice would be any car that has been well cared for. Manuals are preferable but don’t dismiss a mint automatic. 

Performance and specs

Engine 2790cc, 24 valve DOHC V6 
Power 284bhp @ 6000rpm 
Torque 305lb ft @ 3500rpm
Top speed 155mph 
0-62mph 6.0 sec 
Fuel consumption 20mpg est.
Gearbox Five-speed manual/six-speed manual/four-speed automatic

Dimensions and weight

Wheelbase 2514mm
Length 4223mm
Width 1775mm
Height 1300mm
Weight 1365kg

Common problems

• The youngest cars are getting close to 20 years old now and parts are a bit thin on the ground, this is due partly to the limited production run and the stranglehold that Maserati had on parts when they were available. Clubs, enthusiast sites and specialists are sometimes a better source for parts.

• Maserati had a complex servicing schedule for the Ghibli, each one focused on a different aspect however the major ones were at 24,000 mile intervals and involved changing the cambelt which was a very labour intensive job. Make sure your potential purchase has followed these service intervals or you may be in for more than you bargained.

• Despite their complex design, both the 2.0 and 2.8-litre engines are reliable units, remapping should be avoided though as the extra strain on the internals can cause issues. Not to mention the cost of replacement parts.

• Electronics are generally reliable, however being an Italian exotic from the 90s means that gremlins will be present. Check for corroded wiring connections, waterlogged ECUs and make sure the alternator is clear of road grime as this can adversely affect the charging system.

• Brakes were well up to their task although as the discs had no backing plates corrosion is a real issue and you should take a good look under the car. While you are there take a look at the exhaust system too as earlier cars with 16-inch wheels had lower ground clearance and the lambda sensors could be ripped off over bumps.

• Corrosion protection was not quite up to German levels and as a result rust can rear its corrosive head in all manner of nooks and crannies. Check the usual areas, as well as any clogged drainage holes.

• Electronically adjustable shock absorbers were equipped on some cars, and due to their unreliability it is unlikely any have their original systems in place. Leaks and odd tread wear on the tyres can indicate defective units.

Model history

1992: Maserati Ghibli goes on sale in Europe. Equipped with a 302bhp 2litre turbo and six-speed manual gearbox. 
1993: UK Ghibli production begins with 284bhp 2.8-litre V6 engine instead of 2.0-litre unit. Five-speed manual gearbox standard with four-speed auto an option
1994: Interior received an update as well as larger 17-inch alloys, ABS and electronically adjustable suspension
1995: Ghibli Open Cup single make race series starts. Six-speed manual replaces five-speed gearbox on export cars. Limited run of 335bhp Ghibli Cup road cars built to commemorate racing series.
1997: Ghibli GT introduced with unique wheels and minor suspension and gearbox changes
1998: Final Ghibli rolls of the production line with just over 2000 units produced

Owners clubs, forums and websites

• www.maserati-alfieri.co.uk – Enthusiast site, good starting point for spares and info
• www.maseraticlub.co.uk – UK Maserati car club
• www.maseratinet.com – International Maserati Club

Summary and prices

Attempting to rectify a neglected car will almost always prove to be more costly than getting a good one in the first place. The trick is in finding that good one, and the relatively small production run means that your choices will be limited, so you can’t afford to be too picky if you are in a rush. 
The majority of UK cars were specified with auto boxes which are not quite as sweet as the manual cars. 2.8-litre UK spec cars in decent condition generally range from £10,000 to £15,000. The Ghibli Cup is the most collectible, and offers the most visceral drive, however they are an extremely rare find and are around £30,000.
The Ghibli is a truly ‘90s Italian sports car. Look past the creaky interior, odd driving position and stiff controls and you will find a sublime chassis and characterful engine that make for a great drivers car. Take your time to find a good one and enjoy.
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 29th Sep 2016
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    Variant: S V6 410 BHP - Sport Pack - 2016 16 Blu Emozione with Sabbia Seats, Nero Dashboard, Nero Carpets, Sabbia Headlining, Nero Stitching, Carbon Fibre Trimming, Nero Sports Steering Wheel, Pianowood Trim, Mica Paint, Power Steering Column, Extended Leather, 21” Alloy Wheels with Red Brake Callipers, Convenience Pack, Sport Pack, Adaptive Cruise, Power Rear Sunblind, Rear Parking Camera, Heated Front Seats, Airbags, Premium Sound and Security System with NavTrak ADR.

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    Variant name:DV6 ,Derivative:M157 ,Variant: Diesel V6 275 BHP - Sport Pack - 2015 65 Grigio Metallo metallic with Nero Upper Dashboard, Nero Carpets, Sabbia Seats, Sabbia Headlining, Tone-On-Tone Stitching, Radica Trim, Nero Steering Wheel, Nero Dash Central Pads, 8 Way Power Seats, Power Steering Column, Extended Leather, 20” Alloy Wheels, Sports Suspension, Sport Pack, Bi-Xenon Headlights, Heated Front Seats, Airbags and Security System with NavTrak ADR.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 16000 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Maserati Ghibli

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    Big Spec Ghibli V6D. Spec includes Convenience, Business and Executive Packs, Full Rosso Leather Upholstery with 12 Way Electrically Adjustable Heated Front Seats, Driver Memory, Electronic Lumbar Support, Black Carpets and Black Carpet Mats, 20 inch 'Urano' Alloy Wheels and Silver Brake Calipers, Maserati Multi Media with Touchscreen Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth Telephone Connectivity and Driver Information Centre, DAB Digital Radio/CD Player/USB Port/Aux Input, Reverse Camera with Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Dual Zone Climate Control, Electrically Adjustable Multi function Leather Steering Wheel with Paddle Shift Controls, Cruise Control, Keyless Entry and Go, High Gloss Carbon Fibre Interior Trim, LED Daytime Running Lights, Power Folding Door Mirrors, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, Auto Lights, Rain Sensors, Remote Alarm Locking, ISOFIX Rear Child Seat Attachments, Sport Mode, 275 BHP, 1 owner, V6, supplied and serviced by Graypaul Maserati Nottingham at 12209 miles in 01/15 and 25063 in 11/15 and at Giallo Cars Hildenborough at 34800 miles in 11/16 including 4 new Bridgestone tyres and brake discs/pads all round, Maserati Warranty until 04/17, 2 x keys, superb throughout, Santander finance available, subject to status.

    • Mileage: 34000 mi
    • Engine size: 2987
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  • Maserati Ghibli

    £59,990 £59,990

    Variant name:S ,Derivative:M157 ,Variant: S Brand New UN-REGISTERED Ghibli S Petrol. Finished in Optional Metallic Paint Nero Ribelle (Metallic Black), with Extended Cuoio (Tan) leather interior. Other Options fitted to the vehicle include: Skyhook Adaptive Suspension and Ebano High Gloss Wood Trim. Other Standard Features include: Sat Nav, Bluetooth, Front + Rear Parking Sensors, 8-Way Memory Seats, Keyless Entry and Go, Duel Zone Climate Control, DAB digital Radio, iPod Connection.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 2059 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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    £58,000 £58,000

    Variant name:V6 ,Derivative:M157 ,Variant: V6 Ghibli Petrol 330. Finished in Optional Mica Metallic Blu Passione (Dark Blue) with FULL Nero (Black) Poltrona Frau Natural Smooth Leather Interior with Grigio (Grey) Contrast Stitching and Trident Stitched into Headrests. Huge Optional Spec includes: 20'' Forged GTS Wheels, Skyhook Adaptive Suspension, 8-way Heated Memory Seats, Electric Steering Column, Solid Aluminium Paddle Shifters, Piano Gloss Black Trims, Convenience Pack (Reversing Camera, Homelink System, Electric Bootlid), DAB Digital Radio, Harmon Kardon Sound System. Standard Spec includes: Sat Nav, Bluetooth, Keyless Entry and Go, Front + Rear Parking Sensors, Duel Zone Climate Control, Cruise Control.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 5050 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Maserati Ghibli

    £42,000 £42,000

    Variant name:DV6 ,Derivative:M157 ,Variant: DV6 Ghibli Diesel. Finished in optional Metallic Grigio Maratea (Gunmetal Grey) with Nero (Black) Leather interior. Options fitted to this car are: 19'' Apollo Alloy Wheels and Convenience Pack (Reversing Camera and Homelink System). Standard features include: Sat Nav, Bluetooth, Keyless Entry and Go, Front + Rear Parking Sensors, Cruise Control, Duel Zone Climate Control.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 35 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Maserati Ghibli

    £68,000 £68,000

    Variant name:Ghibli S ,Derivative:M157 ,Variant: S Ghibli S Petrol finished in optional Metallic Grigio Metallo (Silver Met) paint, with FULL optional Nero (Black) Poltrona Frau Natural Smooth Perforated Leather Interior and Grigio (Grey) Alcantara Headlining. Huge option list including: 21'' Sports Pack (21'' Titano Wheels, Blue Brake Calipers, Solid Aluminium Paddle Shifters), Skyhook Adaptive Suspension System, Premium Pack (Adaptive Bi-Xenon Headlights, Auto Dimming Mirrors, Easy Entry/Exit, Electric Steering Column) Convenience Pack (Reversing Camera, Homelink), Cold Weather Pack (Front + Rear heated seats, power rear sunshade, heated washer nozzles), Vented/Cooled Front Seats, Carbon Fibre Interior Trim, Bowers & Wilkins 15 speaker Sound System. Other Standard Features include: Sat Nav, Bluetooth, Ipod input, Front + Rear Parking Sensors, Keyless Entry + Go. One of the highest spec'd Ghibli's in the country!!

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 170 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • 2015 Maserati Ghibli S


    20" Urano Design Alloys, Skyhook Electrically Variable Active Damping Suspension System, Nero Extended Premium Fine Grain Poltrona Frau Perforated Leather, Nero Ribelle Metallic Paint, Convenience Package (Front & Rear Park Distance Sensors, Rear Parking Camera, Keyless Entry System), Heated Front Seats, Rear Privacy Glass, Steering Wheel & Gear Knob In Fine Poltrona Frau Black Leather With High Gloss Carbon Fibre Insert, Electric Steering Column With Power Height & Reach Adjustments, Double Laminated Side Windows With High Thermal & Noise Insulation, Red Brake Calipers, 18" Space Saver Spare Wheel, 1 Owner From New, UK Supplied, Exceptional Example! Maserati Touch Control Unit With 8.4" Touch Screen Display Including Radio, CD/DVD Audio/Video Player, SD Card Reader, USB & Aux In, Active Cruise Control, Bluetooth, Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control, 8 Way Electrically Adjustable Front Seats With 2 Memories For Drivers Side, 4 Way Electrically Adjustable Front Lumbar Adjustments, Electrically Adjustable, Foldable & Heated Exterior Mirrors With Integrated LED Turn Lights, Automatically Dimming Interior Mirror & Auto High Beam Assist, Bi-Xenon Front Headlamps With Adaptive Front Ligh

    • Mileage: 5950 mi
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