Travel: Why Is The Maserati Ghibli Such An Underappreciated Sports Car?

Why Is The Maserati Ghibli Such An Underappreciated Sports Car?

By Michael Banovsky
October 5, 2015
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Photography by Federico Bajetti

Myths sometimes exist to be busted and thrown into oblivion. Anything that is judged exclusively by its flaws often lead to general misunderstanding and to a bad reputation. So even though the Maserati Biturbo is nicknamed Il bidone (“The Barrell”) in Italy because of its low value, I followed my friend Claudio Ivaldi, secretary of Maserati Club Italia, to their track day at Arese.

Despite all the joking we made, the guys from the Biturbo Club Italia proved us wrong. All the cars that were present sustained hours of abuse without breaking a sweat, overheating, or worse: catching fire.

The gathering was composed of almost every model that featured the twin turbo engine layout from Maserati, including early examples, Shamals, the 2.24v, the “Racing”, Ghibli IIs, and even the Quattroporte V8 Evoluzione. Nearly 20 years of Maserati history were roaring in good health on the track.

With maintenance costs at about the same level as a typical luxury car, the key is finding a solid example that’s been properly maintained. Find a good example, and maybe the only thing that’ll catch fire is a new passion for the Maserati Biturbo.

 

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Rashed Qureshi
Rashed Qureshi
5 years ago

I LOVE these cars!!!

Georg Entmayr
Georg Entmayr
5 years ago
Reply to  Rashed Qureshi

So much fun to drive! And everybody who recognizes the trident on the car …. Wow … good taste!!!

Joshua Payne
Joshua Payne
6 years ago

Tip: People opinions may be taken more seriously if they at least spell the car correctly: “Alfa Romeo”, not “Alpha”

Kimmo Jokinen
Kimmo Jokinen
6 years ago

I appreciate that Petrolicious wrote this article with pictures of those great cars. Here is my humble “opinion video”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dOr8InItIs
Cheers, Finlandese 🙂

Finlandese
Finlandese
6 years ago

Here we go again.. Comments By people who haven´t even seen one, never mind driven one. When Ghibli II was released, it was unversally acclaimed By the car magazines. Ghibli and Shamal prices have been rising Europe and later Zagato Spyders (like mine) have been emigrating back to Europe where good samples are appriciated. In any case, I think my video tells my opinion of the Zagato Spyder…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWUopOlZcKY

Patrick Farrell
Patrick Farrell
6 years ago

Yeah I don’t think its very pretty either, but I do like the rear end, reminds me slightly of the old Alpha Romeo 155 DTM (minus the amazing vertical tailpipes :)).

Highnumbers
Highnumbers
6 years ago

Uh, because it’s painfully ugly… sorry just can’t find the love for this car whatsoever.

JB21
JB21
6 years ago
Reply to  Highnumbers

And it’s not very good at all to drive either.