The Maserati Ghibli 334 Ultima Is a High-Octane Love Letter to the V8
The Trident farewells the eight-cylinder.
A minute’s silence for the not-so-humble V8.
Over six decades after the first Maserati eight-cylinder was released in 1959, the Italian marque has called time on the V8 with a pair of special-edition vehicles; the Ghibli 334 Ultima and Levante V8 Ultima. Among the last Maserati vehicles to utilise a Ferrari-supplied engine (with the agreement between the two Italian marques coming to an end this year), the Ghibli 334 Ultima represents the fastest production sedan in the world.
Under the hood, the newcomer is powered by the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8, delivering 427 kW. The nomenclature of the Maserati Ghibli 334 comes from its top speed, an impressive 334km/h. Not bad for a family car.
It also raced from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds (for comparison, the standard Ghibli Trofeo does it in 4.3 seconds), with Maserati attributing this to work done on the weight and tyres. The latter are performance iterations created using a special compound, with aerodynamic improvements delivered though 21-inch Orione rims and rear carbon fibre spoilers. The wheels and centre cap are rendered in matte dark graphite.
Limited to 103 examples, the Maserati Ghibli 334 takes shape in an exclusive Scià di Persia colour with Rubino accents. The carbon exterior kit comes as standard, on front bumper plates, door handles, mirror caps, and B&C pillar.
Classic interiors take shape in Pale Terracotta leather and black Alcantara, with the Trident and 334 badges embroidered on the seat headrests while the ‘334’ plaque takes pride of place on the centre console.
The Maserati Ghibli 334 made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, partaking in the iconic hillclimb — the last of its kind to do so.
Pricing and delivery dates for the swan song are yet to be announced.
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