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.”
Bentley Continental GT V8 Brings New Engine, Better Fuel Efficiency
The GT V8 is fast despite having a downsized engine.
Doing away with the W12 TSI engine of the regular Continental GT, the new GT Continental V8 variants feature a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, allowing the coupe to accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.9 seconds before topping out at 198 mph (319 km/h). The convertible is a tenth of a second slower to 60 mph but has the same top speed.
Drivers can travel more than 500 miles on a single tank, thanks in part to the new engine’s ability to shut off four of its cylinders when they’re not needed.
Designers gave the Continental GT Coupe and GT Convertible V8 badging and a unique set of 20-inch 10-spoke painted alloy wheels, while interior highlights include twenty-way adjustable leather seats, Crown Cut Walnut trim, a 12.3-inch touchscreen for infotainment duties, and a 650 watt 10-speaker Bentley Audio system that pumps out a powerful 650 watts of entertainment.
Buyers can spruce up their ride even more with a range of exterior colors and interior upholstery configurations and the choice of other wheels up to 22 inches in size.
The Bentley Continental GT V8 models go on sale in the third quarter of 2019.
New, 2020 Cadillac CT5 Sports Sedan Suits Up To Replace CTS
The CTS replacement has arrived in style.
Cadillac has unveiled the CT5, the successor to the CTS and the brand’s all-new midsize sports sedan.
Design wise, the new CT5 falls in line with Cadillac’s latest design language, featuring a short and wide shield-shaped grille, angular headlights, and vertical LED daytime running lights.
A fastback-like roofline rather than traditional three-box proportions gives the model a more distinctive side profile than the CTS, while thin, vertical taillights make it instantly recognizable as a member of the Cadillac family.
The CT5 rides on an evolution of the critically-acclaimed Alpha platform that underpins the ATS, the CTS, as well as the Chevrolet Camaro. Power will come from one of two engines (you choose): a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, or a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V6.
Rear-wheel drive and a 10-speed automatic transmission come standard, and all-wheel drive will be offered as an option on select models.
Two flavors of the CT5 will be available at launch: Sport and Luxury. The former takes on a more muscular appearance, while the latter goes for elegance instead.
The all-new, 2020 Cadillac CT5 goes on sale in the second half of 2019 after making its world debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show. Are you happy with how it turned out?
Polestar 2 Electric Car Charges Up To Battle Tesla Model 3
Sweden delivers yet another promising electrified vehicle.
The Polestar 2 has arrived, and it’s ready to do battle with the Tesla Model 3 and other premium compact electric cars.
As Polestar’s first fully-electric vehicle, the Polestar 2 draws heavy inspiration from the Volvo 40.2 concept that debuted in 2016, featuring a relatively high ride height for a sedan and a five-door fastback design that makes it more versatile.
In fact, the Polestar 2 is based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture platform and is powered by a drivetrain consisting of two electric motors and a 78 kWh battery that deliver a combined 408 horsepower and 487 lb-ft. of torque, enough power to accelerate it from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under five seconds.
The 27-module battery pack also integrated into the floor to improve the rigidity of the chassis and improve noise, vibration and harshness levels. It provides the Swedish electric car with a driving range of around 275 miles (443 km) on a single charge.
For those interested in a sportier driving experience, the Polestar 2 will be available with a Performance Pack that adds Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and unique 20-inch forged wheels. It also adds gold seat belts, brake calipers and valve caps.
Highlights of the interior include an 11-inch touchscreen that runs an Android-based infotainment system, granting owners access to Google Assistant, Google Maps and a number of other vehicle-based apps.
Production of the Polestar 2 kicks off in China in early 2020, with pricing starting at 39,900 Euros in Europe and at $55,000 in the United States.
Like the Polestar 1, it will be available exclusively via an online ordering system, and there will also eventually be a subscription program to broaden its reach.
Polestar will also introduce a less expensive version of the Polestar 2 down the road.