Maserati has always been a name that stood for speed, legacy, luxury, fame, and a nice pot of money in the bank (or huge loan). And while a 345 horsepower turbocharged powerplant may not seem like a worthy opponent to today’s German engineering, in the hands of a lean and mean (practically autonomous) driving machine, it proves itself more than capable.
As of 2018, the Ghibli received a fresh facelift and beyond a few nips and tucks, what really stands out is its line of safety devices which take us about as close to an autonomous vehicle as we’re ready for. The 2018 Ghibli now has lane departure warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, highway assist, blindspot assist, and active lane keeping.
The Ghibli also has an updated set of LED headlights, electric power steering (that is not numb, but rather active). And speaking of activity, the optional 430 horsepower twin turbo SQ4 turns this luxury sedan into an orchestra of exhaust note delight, which is not a common affliction among twin turbo V6 supercars.
And this updated Maserati is also incredibly refined and comfortable, for a car that is actively working to be so many things. Where most luxury cars offer the option of speed or cushioning in the form of a ‘sport’ button, the Ghibli offers both without the necessity to choose between one or the other.
We can’t wait to see what Maserati’s next big update of the Ghibli will bring to the table (in 2020 perhaps).
We welcomed summer because of the release of the 2017 Audi RS3, but as the shadows grow long and the leaves start to yellow, we have found several more reasons to fall in love with the RS3 all over again.
400 Horsepower and Quattro on Tap
It is not often that you can enjoy the thrills of a muscle car far into the depths of Winter, but with the 400 horsepower turbo powered Audi RS3 – it won’t be a problem. It features a refined Quattro AWD system that has been proven to bite at the track (0-60 – 3.9 seconds), but can also handle itself in plenty of bad weather.
Yes, it is true that its onboard system tends to favor the rear tires, but its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic will keep its 354 lb-feet of torque in check for the most part.
While the RS3 sedan may have been built to handle the track, Audi has not forgotten that it needs to first get its driver there safely, and we’re not talking about in a covered trailer. This may be an insanely fun car to thrash in the corners of dry tarmac, but it is also impressively practical on a snowy back road.
Tire Monitoring and Ceramic Brakes
Its tire pressure monitoring system will come in handy as the temperature extremes begin to test the flexibility of your grandpa’s outside thermometer. And despite the track focus of the RS3’s front ceramic brakes (Dynamic Plus Package), these brakes are also extremely capable in extreme temperature and terrain.
The Audi’s ceramic brakes offer quick heat up, reliable stopping power, and their minimal dust will keep you out of the car wash facilities a bit longer than most folks. Our only stop will be at the tire shop for some all-season performance radials.