Maserati’s answer to the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6 — the all-new Ghibli — has made its world debut at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show. Not only is the premium sport sedan aesthetically pleasing, it’s also sporty.
Slotting under the larger Maserati Quattroporte (its overall length and wheelbase are 29- and 20 cm shorter, respectively), the mid-size Ghibli is a page straight out of the Italian automaker’s most recent design book. It features the brand’s trademark feline-inspired front grille and LED headlights, sweeping roof line, distinctive C-pillar and a side profile dominated by a swage line that runs from the grille vents to the rear lights. It looks like a shrunken Quattroporte really, albeit with a sportier twist.
Its interior is also notably more sporty than the Quattroporte’s, featuring a dashboard design with chunkier proportions and a more vibrant persona. It does, however, have a similar center console design with the same 8.4-inch touchscreen that is used to control a comprehensive infotainment system.
The sports sedan will be available with two direct-injected, turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engines and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The most powerful is the twin-turbo unit in the Ghibli S, producing 410 horsepower and 406 foot-pounds (550 Nm) of torque. It launches the rear-wheel drive sedan from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5 seconds flat on route to a top speed of 177 mph (285 km/h).
The second turbo 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine produces 330-hp and produces 330-hp and 369 lb-ft. (500 Nm) of torque, accelerating the Ghibli to 62 mph in 5.6 seconds. It delivers an estimated fuel-economy of 9.6 litres/100 km (28.8 mpg).
A diesel engine will also be available, making the Ghibli the first Maserati in history to be offered with a oil-burner. The unit, a direct-injected 3.0-litre turbo-charged V6, develops 275-hp of and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque, accelerating the car to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds, while delivering fuel economy of 6.0/100 l/km (more than 47 mpg).
The Ghibli’s sporty chassis features double-wishbone front and a multi-link rear suspensions, a mechanical limited slip differential, and (in the Ghibli S) a powerful braking system consisting of ventilated, dual-cast front discs with Brembos and ventilated rear discs. Lesser models ride on 18-inch wheels, while the more powerful Ghibli S sits on 18-inchers. 19-inch, 20-inch and 21-inch wheels are optional.
In Europe (not including the UK), a Q4 all-wheel drive system will be available and promises to provide “the responsiveness of a rear-wheel drive combined with the added security that only an all-wheel drive can bring in critical situations.”
New Porsche 911 Cabriolet Is Ready For Your Summer Enjoyment
This version of the latest 911 offers unlimited headroom for your open-air driving enjoyment.
Not long after unveiling the all-new, , Porsche has taken its roof off to give us the 911 Cabriolet.
With the exception of the soft top, Porsche’s new convertible is nearly identical to the coupe. The soft top can be operated at speeds up to 31 mph (50 km/h), with new roof hydraulics reducing the opening time to around 12 seconds and an electrically-extendable wind deflector helping keep driver and passenger warm.
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Only the Carrera S Cabriolet and Carrera 4S Cabriolet will be available at launch, both powered by a turbocharged 3.0L six-cylinder rated at 443 horsepower (450 PS) and 391 lb-ft. of torque, paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Carrera S Cabriolet can reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds or 3.7 seconds when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, hitting a top speed of up to 190 mph (306 km/h). The Carrera 4S Cabriolet, on the other hand, completes the sprint in 3.8 seconds (3.6 seconds with the Sport Chrono package) before capping out at 189 mph (304 km/h).
The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet starts at $126,100 in the United States, while the Carrera 4S Cabriolet kicks off at $133,400.
BMW Creates Meteoric M850i Night Sky For Outer Space Geeks
The unique 8 Series features meteorite inlay and 3D-printed brake calipers.
BMW has revealed the M850i xDrive Coupe Night Sky, a one-off take on the new M850i created by the company’s Individual Manufaktur team for astronomy fans.
The car features an outer space theme. Inside, hunks of meteoric rock adorn the center console, start/stop button, shift lever, iDrive controller and other surfaces, while Widmanstätten surface pattern of meteorites can be found on the center console’s trim finishers, brake discs, exterior mirror caps and the front splitters.
For the non-space geeks among us, Widmanstätten patterns are the result of iron-nickel crystals forming on meteors over the course of around 10 million years and cannot be reproduced on Earth.
Special LED project constellations of stars on the center console and other interior surfaces.
Not content with the space theme, BMW created new lightweight brake calipers using generative design processes (3D printing). The pieces manage to be 30 percent lighter than the 8 Series’ usual calipers without negatively affecting necessary strength characteristics.
The one-off Night Sky edition is finished in San Marino Blue metallic paint over a black base coat. Its debut coincided with a meteor shower that took place overnight from January 3 – 4, resulting from the Earth briefly passing through the orbit of the asteroid 2003 EH, with fragments from the asteroid entering our planet’s atmosphere and burning up.
Some of these meteoric fragments were incorporated into the BMW Individual M850i Night Sky’s interior.
Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept Previews Infiniti’s EV Future
It introduces a new platform and a new design language inside and out.
Infiniti has revealed the QX Inspiration concept ahead of its world debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
The stylish concept previews the brand’s plans for electrified, high-performance production vehicles, featuring the the same new design language as the Q Inspiration Concept and a spacious, lounge like interior.
“QX Inspiration is the beginning of a new era for Infiniti and an illustration of where we want to go with the brand,” the Japanese premium marque said in a statement. “New technology has given us the opportunity to evolve our design philosophy — and the new vehicle communicates the serene strength at our core.”
The cabin was hand-crafted using traditional techniques and a choice of materials inspired by a subtle Japanese sensuality. Occupants are treated to new technology that follows the Japanese hospitality principle of omotenashi, creating a welcoming environment while assisting drivers and connecting occupants to the world around them.
The QX Inspiration Concept is underpinned by a brand new platform specifically engineered for electric vehicles, one that will be a centerpiece of the brand’s planned electrification push scheduled to begin in 2021.
In an earlier report, Infiniti President Roland Krueger suggested that the new line of electric vehicles could have a driving range of at least 311 miles (500 km).