Luxury be thy name

Lyna Mohammad

Daha Auto Sdn Bhd, the authorised importer of the Italian luxury car brand – Maserati – recently introduced its line-up: Ghibli, Levante, Quattroporte and Grand Turismo MC and I had the opportunity to attend the exclusive preview of these four beasts.

The Ghibli carries the spirit that shaped its first incarnation back in 1966.

Exclusive luxury, glorious style, progressive technology and empowering performance, the Ghibli lets the driver experience something unique in a world of standardised choices and with the bold and elegant feature.

The Ghibli is a luxury sports sedan born from a passion for race-bred engineering, Italian craftsmanship. The striking coupe look featured dynamic sculpted curves.

The combination of elegant Italian style in the cabin with the finest materials such as the Ermenegildo Zegna’s natural silk upholstery.

Next is the four-door full size luxury sports saloon, the sixth generation Quattroporte. The original race-bred luxury sedan is bred to perform and designed to inspire with the undeniably aggressive yet graceful sculpted lines throughout its mighty proportions.

Gran Turismo MC. PHOTO: GT SPIRIT

The Quattroporte was born in 1963 and was the first ever luxury sports sedan in the world. The principles of the Quattroporte remain the same as it continues to lead with its unparalleled performance and the distinct Italian style.

The continent-crossing power and awe-inspiring performance of the Quattroporte are meant for life’s most exhilarating moments and the unmistakable Maserati engine note is delivered to full effect thanks to its exhaust system bypass valves that change according to one’s driving style.

It is further enhanced by carbon finishes, high-gloss Black Piano wood trim and stainless steel sport pedals with safety as a top priority in it’s design.

Coming to the third Maserati line-ups is the Levante SUV range. Maserati has a history of naming its cars after world’s famous winds beginning with the legendary Mistral in 1963 followed with the Bora, the Khamsin and now the Levante, which was named after a wind that blows across the Mediterranean that can change from benign calm to gale force in an instant. A luxury SUV with a rich grand touring tradition, the Levante meets every need when it comes to comfort, convenience and driving experience.

The head turner model of the four is the Maserati 4.7-litre V8 engine-powered Gran Turismo MC, which is built by Ferrari.

The compact, lightweight engine expresses the legendary sound that could only come from a powerful, naturally aspirated, all-Italian V8.

The Gran Turismo is recognised as one of the most beautiful and timeless designs of the century with its perfect proportions and harmonious shape that reflect the highest achievement in automotive art.

As from the very beginning, the Grand Touring is at the heart of every Maserati, a story that began in 1947 when Maserati fitted a sophisticated race-car engine into a luxurious coupe and today’s Gran Turismo coupes are its direct descendants, offering a tantalising blend of exclusive style, progressive technology and surging power with a spine-tingling soundtrack to match.

Every Gran Turismo is designed and built to provide exceptional levels of safety, a top priority for Maserati where Maserati engineers designed the eye-catching street machine to be a long-distance grand touring automobile hence offering not just outstanding performance and comfort, but also optimum safety on every journey.

Having been conceived as a timeless design, the Gran Turismo offers a clear vision of the future while acknowledging the marque’s historic achievements of the past, which includes aggressively sculpted front grille, iconic triple side vents, near-perfect front-to-rear proportions and weight distribution purposeful, race-proven and aerodynamic shape and the perfect profile for a four-seat luxury GT.

The skill of dedicated artisans is applied to every detail of the impeccably finished interior and exterior, making the Maserati Gran Turismo express luxury like no other.

This amongst all is expressed through the sport seats available in sumptuous Poltrona Frau leather or Alcantara, headrests embroidered with the Trident, hand-stitched details throughout the cabin, available trims in wood, carbon-fibre and MC Edition aluminium and the wide range of paint colours and finishes express every emotion.

The Gran Turismo also excels at providing comfort and convenience to all on board, with interior spaciousness unrivalled by any other GT, luxurious, multi-way front sport seats with folding front armrest, easy entry rear seating for two adults with ample head and legroom, electric opening assist for trunk lid and doors and dual-zone automatic climate control with dual rear vents.

The Ferrari-built 4.7-litre V8, meanwhile, comes in naturally aspirated, with high-revving power plant, ZF six-speed MC Auto Shift gearbox and limited slip differential, as well as drivemodes including Auto-Normal, Auto-Sport, Manual-Normal and Manual-Sport.

It also has ICE (Increased Control & Efficiency), double-wishbone suspension, hydraulic steering, Brembo brakes and 20-inch alloy wheels.

The latest Maserati infotainment package on the Gran Turismo puts the focus on intuitive engagement, real-world assistance and adaptable enjoyment including a 10-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Audio System.

Maserati Genuine Accessories offer the perfect combination of exclusive design and exceptional functionality with the attention to detail, style and quality of each accessory revealing the very essence of its brand.

This includes exclusive wheels rims and tyres, transport and luggage solutions, protection and care features, and safety equipment.