MASERATI showcases sartorial excellence with launch of “Ermenegildo Zegna Interiors”

Lara Mansour   |   09 - 05 - 2016

Maserati-Ghibli-(3)

Maserati’s new highlight in terms of customization and sartorial excellence are the new Ermenegildo Zegna Interiors, exclusively for Maserati.

Like Maserati, Ermenegildo Zegna looks back at over 100 years of Italian heritage and today is one of the leading luxury menswear brands creating the world’s finest textiles. A 100% natural fibre Zegna Mulberry silk was developed in cooperation with Maserati and combined with fine leather to create the Ermenegildo Zegna Interiors.

The Ermenegildo Zegna Interiors are available in three colour variants for the interiors of the Quattroporte and Ghibli and are the most exquisite of all Maserati customisations.

The specialized Ermenegildo Zegna silk cloth, always in Anthracite colour, can be combined with three different shades of luxurious fine leather, for three individual looks in Black, Natural, and Red.

The outsides of the seats are created in extra fine grain leather and combined with central inserts in Anthracite silk with a micro-chevron weave with a vertical roll pattern on the seats and backrests. The mid-section features a special macro-chevron weave with leather applications on either side adding to its three-dimensional feel and technical look.

On the door panels, the central parts are covered with Zegna Silk Jersey and embellished by a diagonal roll pattern, with tone-in-tone ornamental stitching and alternating rib embroideries. The same fabric is used to cover the vehicle’s roof lining and sunshades, the latter carrying grosgrain “Ermenegildo Zegna Exclusively for Maserati” labels on the inside.

The seat covers and door panels receive an added touch of luxury with stitching in a contrasting light grey colour.

The sophisticated, luxurious finish of the interior is further enhanced by the eye-catching embroidered Trident, Maserati’s brand emblem, on the headrest.

Maserati-Ghibli-with-Ermenegildo-Zegna-Interiors-(6)

Maserati-Quattroporte_Ermenegildo-Zegna-Interiors-(7)

Managing Director for Middle East, India & Africa, Umberto Cini commented: “Maserati is quintessentially Italian, exclusive and sporty with a strong focus on tailor-making. Owning a Maserati must be like wearing a tailor-made suit in a world of uniforms. With Zegna we have taken this adage to the ultimate level, by bringing the suit into the car and making a fabric, that is normally worn as luxury clothing, last the lifetime of a car. It is something no one else can offer.”

The Ermenegildo Zegna Interiors are exclusively available on the Maserati Quattroporte, the Trident brand’s flagship, and the Ghibli, Maserati’s sports executive sedan and the latest addition to its model range.

With the original Quattroporte, Maserati invented the concept of the luxury sports sedan and the new Quattroporte continues to be the benchmark for high quality engineering, supercar performance and limousine comfort.

In the early Sixties Gino Rancati, a Cremona-born journalist, suggested the idea of what was to become the Quattroporte – the world’s fastest sedan at the time. The very first Quattroporte was designed by Pietro Frua in 1963. The 4.2-litre V8 engine powered the car to a top speed of 220 km/h.

Maserati launched the latest generation Maserati Quattroporte in 2013. The sixth-generation model delivers a leap forward that not only sets the high-technology tone for Maserati’s upcoming new-model onslaught, but also remains faithful to Maserati’s long history.

The Quattroporte GTS, the Quattroporte S and Quattroporte are powered by state-of-the-art high performance engines. The direct-injection engine family boasts a 3.8-litre V8 (Quattroporte GTS) and a 3.0-litre V6 (Quattroporte S and Quattroporte), both of which are all new, twin turbo charged, developed by Maserati Powertrain in partnership with Ferrari Powertrain and built by Ferrari in its world-leading engine construction facility in Maranello.

The engine of the Quattroporte GTS, the flagship of the range, provides Maserati’s new performance benchmark, reaching 100km/h in just 4.7 seconds and achieving a 307km/h top speed. It is 20km/h faster and has up to 200 Nm more torque than its predecessor Quattroporte Sport GT S. The Quattroporte S engine doesn’t lack for performance, either, reaching 100km/h in 5.1 seconds and achieving a 285km/h top speed. Both, the Quattroporte GTS and the Quattroporte S have a rear-wheel drive configuration.

The Quattroporte S is optionally available with Maserati’s first ever all-wheel-drive system. The sophisticated Maserati Q4 system has been designed to enhance the high-performance, grand touring qualities of the Quattroporte, and offer absolute safety and genuine all-weather capability, whatever the road conditions. The Quattroporte S Q4 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds.

The 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 with 330 hp is available an addition to the existing portfolio of the 530 hp Maserati Quattroporte GTS and the 410 hp Quattroporte S. With 330 hp at 5000 rpm, the V6 of the Quattroporte delivers a powerful drive with a torque of 500 Nm between 1750 rpm and 4500 rpm. It delivers 90 per cent of its 500 Nm of torque from 1600 rpm. The latest addition to the Quattroporte range retains its sporty Maserati character with an acceleration of 5.6 seconds from zero to 100km/h and a top speed of 263 km/h.

Maserati’s new diesel engine, a 3.0 litre V6 Turbo, has been specifically developed by VM Motori according to Maserati’s requirements in terms of performance, efficiency and driving satisfaction. The Quattroporte Diesel delivers 600 Nm of torque and a maximum power of 275 hp. The engine accelerates the Quattroporte from 0-100 km/h acceleration in 6.4 seconds up to a maximum speed of 250 km/h.

With the Ghibli, the Italian marque produces two concurrent four-door sedan models for the first time in its 100-year history. It is the second model after the flagship, the Quattroporte, to be manufactured to new benchmark quality standards in Maserati’s new state-of-the-art production facilities in Grugliasco close to Turin.

In line with Maserati’s long tradition of naming cars after winds, the name “Ghibli” originates from hot and dry, dust-bearing desert wind descending from the interior highlands of Libya toward the Mediterranean Sea. Although the wind may occur throughout the year, it is most frequent during the spring and early summer.

The first Maserati Ghibli, the mark “I”, was launched in 1967 as a two door, two-seater grand tourer with a V8 engine and 330 hp. The Maserati Ghibli II appeared in 1992, with a 2.0l V6 engine and 306 hp – the highest hp/liter output ever at the time.

Today’s Maserati Ghibli range offers unmistakable class, top-quality performance and a thrilling yet comfortable drive in an eye-catching sedan. Both versions of the petrol range, Ghibli and Ghibli S, feature a new-generation twin turbo-charged 3.0-litre V6 engine and an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. With its power output of 410 hp the Ghibli S races to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 285 km/h. The Ghibli delivers 330 hp, a top speed of 263 km/h and acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds. The Ghibli S is optionally also available with the Q4 all-wheel drive system. The Ghibli S Q4 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds up to a top speed of 284 km/h.

The Ghibli Diesel with its 3.0 litre V6 engine has been exclusively developed for Maserati by VM Motori under the watchful eye of Powertrain Director Paolo Martinelli, a legendary ex-Ferrari F1 engine designer. This new engine produces a best-in-its-class power output of 275 hp.

Maserati-Quattroporte-(1)

NEW MODEL YEAR 2016 FEATURES FOR MASERATI GHIBLI & QUATTROPORTE

Euro 6 Engines

For the Quattroporte and Ghibli gasoline engines (V6 Twin Turbo from 330 up to 410 hp and V8 Twin Turbo with 530 hp), the introduction of EURO 6 homologation brings up to 12% reduction in emissions, consumption and unchanged performance compared to previous EURO 5 engines. The MY16 engines also benefit from the introduction of the Start & Stop system.

On the GranTurismo and GranCabrio ranges, where the naturally aspirated V8 engines already had emission levels in line with the prescribed standards, the upgrading to Euro 6 did not generate any changes in fuel consumption or emission figures.

Blind Spot Alert & Rear Cross Path

In both Quattroporte and Ghibli, the Blind Spot Alert alerts the driver with visual and audible signals when a vehicle enters the blind spot zones. This important safety feature has been introduced to avoid unwanted collisions during lane changes. The system monitors blind spot areas using two radar-based sensors, located inside the rear bumper fascia. When a vehicle approaches from behind, the LED warning signal embedded into the side mirrors lights up while a chime alert can also be heard.

The Rear Cross Path function is designed to assist the driver when reversing, and is particularly useful when backing out of a parking space, when oncoming vehicles cannot be seen. Via sensors fitted on each side of the rear bumper, a system detects any vehicles heading towards the car and alerts the driver by means of lights and a chime. The system is active at speeds from a minimum of 3 km/h to a maximum of about 16 km/h, typical of parking areas, and provides a useful checking function.

Power Boot Lid with Hands-Free Mode

With the introduction of the Power Boot lid the light aluminium boot lid can now open or close on its own. Thanks to electric actuators and a motor-operated locking device, the system allows automatic control of the boot lid, with a selection of activation options to suit different situations: from inside the car, using the car remote, using the buttons on the boot lid or in Hands-Free Mode.

With the Hands-Free Mode, the boot can be opened or closed by just moving a foot underneath the rear bumper; a special sensor picks up the movement and opens or closes the boot. In this case and for safety reasons, the lid will open or close only if the “Passive Entry” system acknowledges the presence of the key.

Siri Smart Personal Assistant

Thanks to the Apple chip contained in the MTC, a useful on-board feature that exploits iOS functionality has been introduced: the Siri “smart” personal assistant, already incorporated in Apple devices. Based on Bluetooth technology, Siri allows users of Quattroporte and Ghibli (both standard) to perform tasks on iOS connected devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and make requests using voice commands. The advantage is that Siri uses natural language to understand commands. For safety reasons, when the car is on the move Siri deactivates all applications which use visual content or require user interaction and replies to commands given or questions put to it with voice feedback only.

Audio

The audio system is totally new from Model Year 2016 and brings on board the new Harman Kardon system as a standard feature on all Quattroporte versions and upon request on Ghibli. It gives outstanding power and sound quality, based around 10 speakers and a 900W 12-channel amplifier. The door woofers and the subwoofer installed underneath the rear shelf also feature a new design for a more powerful sound.

The optional Bowers & Wilkins Premium Surround audio system is as good as it gets in production car hi-fi systems, with the new Clari-Fi function.

The Clari-Fi function is an advanced solution designed for digital music and capable of restoring the artistic details lost in digitally-compressed songs. Clari–Fi scans all types of compressed audio files for lost music details, supporting MP3, AAC, Satellite Radio, Playback and Streaming Music Services and intelligently corrects waveform deficiencies based on existing music information and audio source quality. By recapturing the missing highs and lows, restoring the vocals to their natural tone, returning to a true stereo sound and removing unwanted distortions and artefacts, these features exclusive for the Bowers & Wilkins Premium Surround audio system set a new benchmark in automotive audio.

Maserati-Quattroporte-(9)

Other features

While the standard equipment on the interior is sumptuous, Maserati also provides an exceptional degree of personalisation with a vast range of materials for the client to choose from, including wood, carbon fibre, leather, Alcantara, as well as coloured stitching in contrast with the leather colour, for areas such as the upper dashboard, doors and seats.  With the introduction of Model Year 2016 headrests with contrast stitching and an embroidered Trident are available upon request. A lacquered Black Piano trim – already available for the Quattroporte – becomes also available for the Ghibli.

TAGS