Maserati’s latest sedans suffer from what we call the “Cadillac Problem.”
Good design, competitive performance, great equipment and true BMW-battling credentials in almost every way.
But one huge deficit is present in the Cadillac and Maserati ranges: coolness.
The factory cars wear nerdy wheels, nerdy colors and overall seem tailored to a geriatric customer base. Tan with small multi-spoke alloys?
Almost all CTS sedans like this sit on the lot for months, and the same goes for the base Ghibli and Quattroporte. They are just old lady cars — and that is never something to aspire to own.
They desperately need a performance makeover that takes only a few hours and a few thousand dollars to become stunning performance icons. Wheels, de-chroming, lowering springs and subtle body styling add-ons create seriously cool cars that not just match BMW — but beat it in the curb appeal stakes. Why? A one-of-a-kind custom is always cooler than a factory car.
For Maserati, Novitec Tridente is the go-to source to make your Ghibli as great as an M5 and far more fashionable.
Novitec Tridente Maserati GHIBLI
P R E S S R E L E A S E
NOVITEC TRIDENTE refines the Maserati Ghibli
Engine tuning for gasoline and diesel models, tailor-made22-inch wheels and carbon-fiber aerodynamics components
NOVITEC TRIDENTE, the world’s leading refinement specialist for the exclusive automobiles sporting the trident in the radiator grille, now also enhances the Maserati Ghibli.
N-TRONIC engine tuning, available in different levels for the various gasoline and diesel engines of the Italian sedan and delivering a power output of up to 350 kW / 476 hp in the most powerful version, offers an additional performance boost.
Tailor-made 22-inch alloy wheels in various versions and sporty-elegant body components made of clear-coated carbon fiber give the Ghibli an even more extravagant appearance. Suspension solutions specifically calibrated to the king-sized wheels lend the four-door car even more agile handling. Exclusive interior options round out the product lineup.
The know-how amassed by the NOVITEC engine specialists over decades provides the perfect foundation for creating the performance kits for the Ghibli, which start at EUR 1,290 MSRP. The development of the plug-and-play performance kits, which realize the increase in power through modified mapping for the electronic engine management system, not only focused on maximum power: the development goal also included a powerful torque curve, refined running, exemplary emissions and maximum durability.
Since the diesel models account for a steadily growing share of Ghibli sales, NOVITEC TRIDENTE also offers engine tuning for the three-liter six-cylinder common-rail diesel engine. N-TRONIC tuning produces an extra 35 kW / 47 hp of power and boosts peak torque by 80 Nm. With a new rated power output of 237 kW / 322 hp at a low 3,800 rpm and 680 Nm of torque at a low 2,200 rpm, the refined Ghibli delivers even better performance in concert with the eight-speed automatic transmission: with a sprint time of 5.6 seconds from 0 – 100 km/h the NOVITEC TRIDENTE version bests the production car by seven tenths of a second. The tremendous increase in torque gives the luxury sedan even more effortless performance and keeps fuel consumption low.
Of course there is also a NOVITEC N-TRONIC performance module for the diesel engine with a power output of 184 kW / 250 hp sold on the Italian market. After the conversion this engine puts out 221 kW / 301 hp of power and produces a peak torque of 680 Nm.
It goes without saying that NOVITEC TRIDENTE engine tuning is also available for the rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive Ghibli models powered by the V6 twin-turbo gasoline engine. It also uses an N-TRONIC auxiliary control unit with recalibrated mapping for injection and ignition plus a moderate increase in boost pressure.
In the most powerful model, the Ghibli S with rear-wheel drive or the Ghibli S Q4 with all-wheel drive, both with a standard power output of 301 kW / 410 hp, the NOVITEC TRIDENTE development delivers an extra 49 kW / 66 hp. Simultaneously peak torque grows by 90 Nm. With a new power output of 350 kW / 476 hp and 640 Nm of torque, constantly available between 1,700 and 4,900 rpm, the all-wheel drive S Q4 model sprints from rest to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds. Top speed increases from 284 km/h for the production car to 294 km/h.
Wheels make or break a car and the Maserati Ghibli is no exception. The new NOVITEC TRIDENTE NM1 king-sized 22-inch alloys lend the Ghibli some further added profile. The one-piece wheels in an extravagant design featuring five double spokes are available as a complete set with a starting price of EUR 3,980. Customers can choose from wheels with a silver, matt black, titanium or polished titanium finish. The front axle is fitted with wheels that are nine inches wide and shod with Pirelli P Zero high-performance tires of size 255/30 ZR 22. At the rear, tires of size 315/25 ZR 22 on wheels eleven inches wide make full use of the available space in the fenders.
The NOVITEC TRIDENTE suspension solutions are specifically tailored to these high-performance tires. The height-adjustable stainless-steel coilover suspension is available for all Ghibli models with rear-wheel drive. It offers an infinitely variable ride height and shock absorbers whose rebound and compression can be adjusted to the driver’s individual preferences. The ride height of the all-wheel-drive S Q4 model can be lowered by about 35 millimeters with NOVITEC TRIDENTE sports springs.
To add even more sporty character to the appearance of the Maserati Ghibli and to further optimize its aerodynamic properties, the NOVITEC designers developed clear-coated carbon-fiber aerodynamic-enhancement components with a sporty and elegant design.
The NOVITEC TRIDENTE front spoiler was sculpted for the production front bumper and lends the four-seater an even more distinctive face. What’s more: at high speeds it also further reduces negative lift on the front axle. The carbon-fiber rocker panels give the sedan an even longer and sleeker look. The rear spoiler emphasizes the contours of the trunk section and likewise minimizes negative aerodynamic lift. The complete NOVITEC TRIDENTE clear-coated carbon-fiber aerodynamic-enhancement kit is available for EUR 3,120. Of course its components are also available individually.
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