The Vital Statistics of my Ghibli MY94

I had finally made up my mind about the type of car I wanted to buy. I wanted a car that was Italian, quick and a little out of the ordinary. I had heard some good reports coming from Italy about the Maserati Ghibli II.

Although I live in England, where we drive on the left, I wanted a left hand drive car. I believe this is the way the car was designed. There is no way that any manufacturer in Italy commissions any designer to design a car for the few right hand drive models which might be sold. I have always liked the Biturbo shape and this new version with its flared wheel arches was the one I wanted.

I wanted the 2-litre version because after all wasn't one of the first Maseratis, the Tipo 26B, a supercharged 2-litre!

Excerpt from an article on the Maserati Ghibli that appeared in the Autocar, 1993.

"The Little Ghibli stays at home" by Andrew Frankel.

The greatest shame about the Ghibli is, for UK buyers at least, the best Ghibli of all will be left at home.
It has only a two-litre version of the twin-turbo V6, but before you dismiss it as an Italian tax-breaker, consider this. Its engine comes direct from the Barchetta racing car, which means 306bhp at 6250 rpm and 276 lb ft of torque. It also means you get a six-speed gearbox as standard.
Its punch is extraordinary. A day at Goodwood with the entire Maserati range confirmed it to be a better car than even the mighty V8 Shamal. The engine is smooth, incredibly flexible given its small capacity and soaked in torque: I found you could balance it through Goodwood's fiendishingly tricky corners with a precision and confidence I cannot remember from another turbo car.
Maserati's UK importer says it will not sell the car because it feels customers would react against being asked to pay 35,000 for a two-litre.

They would if they drove it!

In the Spring of 1998 my wife and I were on holiday in Italy and while looking through an Italian car magazine I saw a 1995 Ghibli II being advertised by Interauto of Reggio Emilia, one of the biggest Mercedes dealers in Italy. Having pencilled in several cars to look at that day we travelled across Italy to see these cars. I had already seen five cars that day but I was looking for a low mileage car which was in immaculate condition. The cars we had seen were either the wrong colour or had covered too many miles. I wanted a new car for a lot less money.

We arrived at Interauto late that afternoon and after looking around for a little while saw the car in a corner of the showroom. It appeared that the sale of this Maserati was not a priority. I asked to see the car and I liked it straight away. It was like new. The car had covered only 25,000Km, the interior was immaculate and when the salesman opened the bonnet the engine bay was mint. I doubt the car had ever seen the rain. I didn't even need to take the car for a test drive. We negotiated a suitable price which included a full service. It was then that the salesman recommended the pre delivery service be carried out by a well known Maserati specialist, Sig. Giuseppe Candini whose workshop is in Modena.

That recommendation has proved to be the most satisfying part of the deal I made that day.

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My Ghibli being prepared at the
Giuseppe Candini Workshop

My Ghibli II at home in the UK

My 2.0-litre Ghibli II engine

Beautifully finished!

White dials for the Ghibli
and Biturbo models from QUATTROERRE

More white dials for the Ghibli
and Biturbo models from BIRBA

Year 1995
Manufacturer Maserati S.p.A.
Curb Weight 3010 lbs.
Wheel Base 99 in.
Track F/R 59 in. / 59 in.
Length 167 in.
Width 70 in.
Height 51 in.
Engine Type V6 @ 90 degrees
  4 overhead camshafts
  4 valves per cylinder
  No. 2 IHI turbochargers
  Comp ratio 7.6 : 1
Displacement 1996 cc.
Bore 82 mm
Stroke 63 mm
Horsepower 306 bhp @ 6250 rpm
Torque 275 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm
Transmission 6-speed Manual
Layout Front Engine
  /Rear Wheel Drive
Top Speed 162 mph
0-25 mph 2.07 secs
0-37.5 mph 3.18 secs
0-50 mph 4.27 secs
0-62 mph 5.92 secs
0-75 mph 7.68 secs
0-87.5 mph 10.00 secs
0-100 mph 12.90 secs
0-112.5 mph 16.34 secs
0-125 mph 21.72 secs
Standing ¼ mile                         14.02 secs
Speed at ¼ mile                         104.5 mph
Braking distances  
62-0 mph 130 feet
100-0 mph 330 feet
1st......4.220 2nd......2.688
3rd......1.710 4th......1.265
5th......1.000 6th......0.848
Rev......3.620 Final Drive 3.31
1st @ 4800 rpm*           ..........36.31 mph
2nd @ 4600 rpm*          ..........56.18 mph
3rd @ 5200 rpm*           ..........88.81 mph
4th @ 5600 rpm*           ........118.62 mph
5th @ 5600 rpm*           ........147.37 mph
6th @ 6000 rpm#           ........161.92 mph
The test was carried out pulling around
7000rpm in each gear.
* This figure indicates the rpm on completion of each gearchange.
# This figure indicates the maximum rpm found possible in sixth gear.
The above road test figures come
from the Italian car magazine
published by CONTI EDITORE S.p.A.
Issue June 1994 - "Excellent Road Test".
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When washing my Ghibli I found water collected in the wing mirrors. I solved the problem by CAREFULLY drilling (a small drainage hole, 5mm, on the base of the mirror (not the glass) as close to the door as possible. Use masking tape on the drill bit to mark the thickness of the plastic shrouding round the mirror to avoid damaging the wiring. I protected the door panel by securing a protective covering to it with masking tape.

Just the job!
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'The Maserikati II'
Ghibli II M.Y. 94 Acceleration Graph (Standard)

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