If you’ve ever been in a Levante Trofeo and thought “Man, I wish the Ghibli and Quattroporte were just as mad,” the Maserati gods have answered your prayers.
Just last night, the Italian manufacturer dropped not one, but two of what would be its fastest sedans ever by adding the entry-level Ghibli and the Quattroporte saloon to the Trofeo line-up. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Maserati already outfitted the Levante with the badge in 2018, creating an SUV that had the potency of a Ferrari (not exaggerating) and the noise, panache, and all that Italiano of a Maserati.
Like the Levante Trofeo, these two will be outfitted with a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 that comes from Ferrari, built at the Maranello plant to Maserati’s specifications for 580hp of pure exhilaration. The same V8 had already been used in the past on the Quattroporte GTS so this isn’t exactly a fresh collaboration between the two, but it’s still exciting to see this dynamic carry on to even the base model.
Unlike the Levante though, the duo will both send all that power — and 730Nm of torque— straight to the rear wheels with a little help from the eight-speed ZF auto gearbox. As the fastest sedans ever built, the Ghibli will see a 0-100kph sprint in 4.3 seconds, while the Quattraporte takes 0.2 seconds longer. Both will hit a top speed of 326kph.
Visually, the new Trofeo Twins are distinguishable by glossy black vertical grille bars, carbon fibre front air duct trims and rear extractor, and new tailights. The Ghibli model also gets a new vented hood.
The new rides will incorporate improved technology including the Integrated Vehicle Control system, now tuned specifically for better driving dynamics and safety. If you get off on pressing buttons that have dangerous-sounding labels like “Launch Control”, the sedans will check that box for you too. Even the multimedia screens within are — mercifully — improved with upgraded resolution and a larger 10.1-inch size.
Both will undoubtedly be highly sought-after in the months to come. The Quattroporte Trofeo is the one to sign on the dotted line for if you’re looking for over-the-top prestige, but our money’s really on the Ghibli Trofeo. A small(er) car with a big engine? Trust us, there are few things that are as fun.