Svelte, muscular, curvaceous, sleek… in the usual Pininfarina/Bertone/Guigiaro Italian coach-building manner, the Ghibli manages at once to exude serious practicality, elegant poise and outrageous power. How the Italians manage that, we still don’t quite understand, despite spending much of the Revival with Pininfarina boss, and Maserati designer, Lorenzo Ramaciotti.
Our test car was black, or Nero Ribelle, which all Maseratis should be, with a Nero interior. The shape is more coupe than four-door saloon, with a pronounced grille, headlights that dip down towards that badge and air vents behind the front wheels for extra sporty oomph.
Inside, a new cockpit-inspired design keeps things dynamic, while a new 8.4in touschcreen infotainment system with good satnav graphics and optional Bowers and Wilkins audio system and wifi should entice younger buyers inside.
The interior has that smartly stitched leather trim only found on Italian dashboards and seats, like a well-crafted Milanese suit. Speaking of which, we’d love to try out the Ermenegildo Zegna trim - silk inlays? Si, grazie.