Maserati Gives Us a Taste of What’s in Store for 2018

March 1, 2018

As we hit the tail end of the first quarter of 2018, Maserati, through its Philippine distributor Formula Sports Inc, deemed it a good time to unveil its distinctive model year line-up to a select audience at the Grand Ballroom, Shangri-la at The Fort.

Top honchos from Formula Sports, specifically Mr. Wellington Soong, welcomed distinguished guests such as Italian Ambassador Giorgio Guglielmo, and Maserati Regional Sales Manager Filippo Caracciolo who were on hand to toast to Maserati’s latest model range.

While the line-up retains the trademark DNA of the Trident badge, Maserati has put in a substantial amount of tweaks to freshen up things and give more driving enjoyment to its discriminating clientele. Take the best-selling Ghibli as an example. It now comes in two flavors: GranLusso and GranSport—each one personifying the car’s luxurious and sporty nature, respectively.

The luxurious GranLusso adds touches like Ermenegildo Zegna silk upholstery while its GranSport brother has distinct niceties that bring out the marque’s racing heritage. Either way, one can get it with the S or S Q4 all-wheel drive variants that now pack 430hp and 580Nm under the hood. The former can sprint from 0-100kph in just 4.9 seconds while the latter with more grip from all four tires can do the same run in 4.7 ticks. Top speed is at 286kph.

Besides straight-line speed, the new Ghibli employs Integrated Vehicle Control and Electric Power Steering—a first for Maserati. These tech goodies help improve driving feel and dynamics, as well as give the car outstanding stability and handling. It’s like bringing the marque’s heritage to the 21st century.

Just like its four-door cousin, the Maserati of SUVs, the Levante, now adds the GranLusso and GranSport trims to the mix. Each one is designed to cater to those who want luxury or sport, along with goodies like Electric Power Steering that are designed to bring out an even more responsive drive. While it may look like an SUV, it is still a Maserati after all.

The Quattroporte has likewise taken in a slew of tech bits to bring it up to par with its contemporaries. Stuff like Integrated Vehicle Control, Electric Power Steering, Adaptive Full LED headlights, and driver assist systems like Lane Keep Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, and Traffic Sign Recognition are just some of the goodies thrown into the mix.


And just like its smaller Ghibli stablemate, the 2018 Quattroporte now packs 430hp and 580Nm under that long hood. The S can do the 0-100kph run in 5 seconds while the all-wheel drive S Q4 does it in 4.8 ticks. Both reach a terminal velocity of  288kph.

Of course, no Maserati line-up would be complete without the defining models, the GranTurismo and GranCabrio. The 2018 four-seat coupe and cabriolet both receive aerodynamic enhancements that reduce drag coefficient from 0.33 to .32 tfor the coupe and 0.35 to 0.33 for its open-top version.

Whether you choose the Sport or MC variants, you will get the vaunted 4.7-liter naturally-aspirated V8 with its distinct exhaust note and 460hp and 520Nm of torque. Each one also gets Poltrona leather upholstery, a new 8.4-inch capacitive infotainment touchscreen, and Harman Kardon sound system. All these are designed to provide more comfort while cruising to your destination in style.

In true Maserati fashion, the Italian sports GT maker also rolled out the Bulgari GranLusso and GranSport watch collection, along with the Ermenegildo Zegana fabric collection inspired by GranLusso. The former is a stylish accessory reserved for Maserati clients, while the latter is available on the Ghibli, Levante, and Quattroporte.

Yes, all these models are set to make 2018 a truly exciting year for Maserati and its discerning patrons.

Photos by: Paolo Lesaca and Maserati

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Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.