JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The luxury Italian car manufacturer will soon launch the Maserati Ghibli Hybrid in South Africa to start the brand’s new era.
Nagesh Naidoo, Maserati Johannesburg’s dealer pricipal, told The Corner in a media release: “It’s fitting that the Ghibli Hybrid will be the first new model from Maserati to be launched in South Africa.
”It combines petrol and electric power – significant for the future of our brand – and South Africa was host to the hybrid testing mules during their hot-weather testing cycle.”
Maserati will later shift its focus to high-performance cars with the launch of a range of Trofeo models.
Naido added: “Last year we introduced – and quickly sold – the Levante Trofeo with its bi-turbo 433kW V8 engine. A consignment of Levante Trofeo models is on its way to South Africa along with versions of the Ghibli Trofeo and Quattroporte Trofeo.”
The Ghibli Trofeo and the larger Quattroporte Trofeo carry with the same Ferrari-sourced V8 engine but promises a pure driving experience with 433kW delivered through the rear wheels. Each has a top speed of 326km/h.
Following the launch of the Trofeo range, Maserati’s most powerful models yet introduced in South Africa, the focus will shift to the MC20 super sports car – the MC20 will debut mid-2021 and will arrive in South Africa towards the end of the year.
Maserati Johannesburg placed the first South African orders soon after the model’s global reveal in Modena, Italy, in September 2020.
The MC20 (Maserati Corse) is described as ”the harbinger of an era of style, performance, and passion” for the Italian brand with a new 463kW V6 and 2.9sec to 100km/h.
This model was voted ‘World’s Most Beautiful Supercar’ at the 2021 Festival Automobile International.
- Maserati Johannesburg is in Maserati House, Bryanston Boulevard, Johannesburg.