With the unveiling of the Ghibli Hybrid last month, Maserati signalled its intentions towards a full refresh of its lineup. The smaller of the two company’s saloons is making the headlines once again as the peeps from Modena are giving the Ghibli the Trofeo treatment. Not only that, but the Quattroporte is also being unveiled in the same amped-up configuration.

Mirroring the Levante Trofeo, the two speedy saloons share a twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 engine built by Ferrari. Much like it’s the case with Maserati’s SUV, the new additions to the Trofeo lineup pack a meaty 572 bhp and 538 pound-feet (730 Newton-metres) of torque. Both top out at a respectable 203 mph (326 km/h), making them the fastest sedans to ever carry the Trident logo.

Gallery: 2021 Maserati Ghibli Trofeo, Quattroporte Trofeo, Levante Trofeo

The Ghibli Trofeo is a smidge lighter than the Quattroporte Trofeo and therefore it's two-tenths of a second quicker to 62 mph (100 km/h), needing just 4.3 seconds to get the job done. While the Levante Trofeo is an AWD-only affair, the two performance sedans come exclusively with a rear-wheel-drive system and a limited-slip differential. An eight-speed ZF automatic transmission is tasked to send power to the road in all three Trofeo models.

Aside from getting Prancing Horse power, the Ghibli Trofeo and Quattroporte Trofeo get red accents to visually distinguish them from the lesser variants. Revised taillights inspired by those of the Alfieri concept and 3200 GT have been installed, along with a revised front fascia with a tweaked grille and carbon fiber accents.

Maserati also created a new hood for the Ghibli Trofeo with dual air ducts for better engine cooling in the same vein as the Levante Trofeo’s hood. Both saloons sit on 21-inch wheels, while the SUV can be equipped with a bigger 22-inch set.

The changes continue once you hop inside the cabin where there are Trofeo-specific trim and upholstery. However, the biggest change is the upgraded infotainment system, now featuring a 10.1-inch touchscreen instead of the previous 8.4-inch setup. It’s not only bigger, but with crisper graphics after increasing the screen’s resolution.

You might want to get a Ferrari-powered Ghibli or Trofeo while you still can because Ferrari’s CEO Louis Camilleri previously said it won’t extend the engine supply deal after the current agreement expires. He estimated the last Maserati to feature an engine built in Maranello will roll off the assembly line sometime in 2021 or 2022.

It’s worth noting that while the V8 hasn’t been used before in the Ghibli, but the Quattroporte has had it for years in the spicy GTS trim. While a direct replacement for the Ghibli won’t come out sooner than 2024, an all-new Quattroporte is due in 2022 as per Maserati’s most recent product roadmap through 2023. Expect future models to boast the company’s own twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 “Nettuno” debuting on September 9 in the MC20 supercar.

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Trofeo: The most powerful Maserati collection ever

Maserati expands the Trofeo collection: Levante is joined by Ghibli and Quattroporte
Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo: the fastest Maserati sedans ever;
Technical specifications;
V8 engine in Ghibli for the first time
New on-board technological features for the Trofeo collection
Modena, 10 August 2020 - Maserati writes a new chapter in its history by expanding its Trofeo collection. Following the 2018 launch of Levante Trofeo, the SUV’s most extreme, most powerful version, the new Quattroporte and Ghibli Trofeo are now available, achieving the pinnacle of performance, sportiness and luxury.

To highlight once again Maserati’s all-Italian identity, the colours chosen for the Trofeo collection launch are those of the country’s flag: green for Quattroporte, white for Levante and red for Ghibli, which combine with the burnished chrome-work and glossy red trims for a particularly aggressive and elegant look.

Maserati reinterprets its sedans by introducing the V8 engine.

The heart of Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo is the 3.8 l V8 Twin Turbo with power output of 580 hp at 6,250 rpm and peak torque of 730 Nm.

The engine, which has already revealed all its power on Levante Trofeo, is built at the Ferrari plant at Maranello to Maserati’s specifications, and has been modified and developed to deliver equally impressive performances on the rear-engine sedans.

Although completely new for Ghibli, the V8 engine has already been used in the past on Quattroporte GTS, in the 530 hp version. Today the 580 hp V8 engine is available on the new Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante* Trofeo, in full compliance with fuel efficiency and emissions standards.

Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo can proudly claim to be the fastest Maserati sedans ever, with a top speed of 326 km/h. Levante Trofeo’s maximum speed is 302 km/h.

Like Levante Trofeo, the new Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo also incorporate the Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system, with a specific setup that guarantees enhanced driving dynamics, greater active safety and even more thrilling performance. The sedans have the Corsa button that sets the car for an even sportier driving style. Also included is Launch Control, a function that first appeared on Levante Trofeo, to unleash all the engine’s power and deliver breath-taking performance and an authentic Maserati driving experience.

While the unique signature of every Maserati is the sound of its engine, now the Trofeo collection will be even more unmistakable in looks, thanks to special stylistic touches that characterise these r high performance models. These include the front grille with twin vertical bars in Black Piano finish, and the introduction of carbon fibre on the front air duct trims and rear extractor, for an even more aggressive effect.

The whole Trofeo collection is distinguished by the red details that characterise the bottom profiles of the side air vents and the lightning bolt on the Trident badge on the C-pillars.

There are major changes at the rear of the car, where the light clusters have been completely restyled, with a boomerang-like profile inspired by the 3200 GT and the Alfieri concept car.

In terms of the Ghibli Trofeo, the bonnet has also been restyled, featuring two aggressive air ducts for better cooling, just like on Levante Trofeo.

Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo are fitted with 21” aluminium Orione wheels. 22” Orione wheels are available on Levante Trofeo.

The Trofeo characterisation continues in the interior, with a new on-board panel that displays an exclusive interface at switch-on, while the headrests bear the Trofeo badge with the name in three-dimensional relief. The exclusivity also extends to the interior upholstery, in full-grain Pieno Fiore natural leather.

The ADAS system has evolved to include new functions, and thanks to Active Driving Assist the assisted driving function can now be activated on urban roads and ordinary highways.

New technologies also appear in MIA (Maserati Intelligent Assistant), the multimedia screen with upgraded resolution and larger size - 10.1” on both Ghibli Trofeo and Quattroporte Trofeo, while Levante retains the 8.4” display, but with improved resolution and graphics. Furthermore, thanks to the Maserati Connect programme, now the Trofeo collection is always connected, with a full set of services to simplify its use.

Ghibli and Quattroporte Trofeo will be built at the Avvocato Giovanni Agnelli Plant (AGAP) at Grugliasco (Turin), and Levante Trofeo at the Mirafiori (Turin) plant.

*590 hp in some markets

Engine Layout
Petrol 90° V8, twin-turbo - direct injection (GDI)
Petrol 90° V8, twin-turbo - direct injection (GDI)                             
Petrol 90° V8, twin-turbo - direct injection (GDI)
Displacement (cc)
Max. power output (hp @ rpm)
580@ 6,250 (Europe; North America; Korea; China; Japan; India)

590@ 6,250

(other markets)
580 @ 6,750
580 @ 6,750
Peak torque (Nm @ rpm)
730 @ 2.500 - 5,000
730@ 2.250-5.250
730@ 2,250– 5,250
Fuel Consumption WLTC 
0-100 km/h (sec)
4.1 (Europe; North America; Korea; China; Japan; India)  

3.9 (other markets)
Top speed (km/h)
302 km/h (Europe; North America; Korea; China; Japan; India)

304 km/h (other markets)
100-0 km/h (m)
ZF eight-speed automatic
Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive with rear Limited-Slip Differential
Rear-wheel drive with rear limited slip self-locking mechanical differential
Rear-wheel drive with self-locking differential
Front Suspension
Double-wishbone, adjustable Air Springs, Skyhook shock absorbers
Double-wishbone, Skyhook shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Double-wishbone, Skyhook shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear Suspension
Multi-Link, adjustable Air Springs, Skyhook shock absorbers
Multi-Link, Skyhook shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Multi-Link, Skyhook shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Length/width/height (mm)
5,003 / 1,968 / 1,679
4,971 / 1,945 / 1,461
5,262 / 1,948 / 1,481
Wheelbase (mm)
Kerb Weight (kg)