Maserati bids farewell to it's V8 engine with a special edition Ghibli and Levante
Maserati is saying farewell to its V8 engine with two special edition vehicles. The new Ghibli 334 Ultima and Levante V8 Ultima will be the final Maserati vehicles to have a V8 engine and will be formally shown this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Maserati has a long history of creating eight-cylinder automobiles, beginning with the legendary 5000 GT in 1959.
The Ghibli 334 Ultima and Levante V8 Ultima special editions are each limited to only 103 pieces, each. Maserati has yet to reveal how these units would be distributed across different areas or how buyers may make reservations.
Both models are powered by the outgoing twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 engine, which produces 572PS and 729 Nm of torque. The Ghibli 334 Ultima is called for its peak speed of 334kmph. Maserati also claims that weight reductions and new tires helped reduce the 334 Ultima's zero-to-100 kmph speed from 4.3 to 3.9 seconds. However, Maserati did not clarify what rubber the 334 Ultima rides on, merely referring to "new performance tires created using a special compound." Aerodynamics are reported to be improved with a carbon-fibre rear spoiler and 21-inch wheels.
The Maserati Levante, on the other hand, will say goodbye to the engine with a special V8 Ultima edition. It will have the same 572 PS engine as the Ghibli and will have a similar look with red writing above the triple-side air vents.
The GranTurismo Trofeo, powered by a screaming V6 Nettuno engine, will also compete in the Goodwood hillclimb. Its heart is a revolutionary pre-chamber combustion technology adapted from Formula 1, with dual spark plugs.
Meanwhile, the Maserati section will include the Maserati GranTurismo One Off Prisma, a proud reflection of this car's history as well as the brand's potential to go even further. It will be joined by a GranTurismo Folgore, allowing attendees to get up close and personal with the Italian luxury marque's first all-electric vehicle.
The new electric flagship model uses 800-volt battery technology developed with cutting-edge Formula E technical solutions, allowing the svelte grand tourer four-seater coupé to travel up to 450km on a single charge and top-up charging for 100km in just five minutes.
Maserati's attendance at the event is completed with another showpiece, the MC20 Cielo. After making its UK premiere at the event with David Beckham last year, it returns to the renowned hillclimb, this time dazzling in Rosso Vincente.
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