Cheap QP6

Phil H

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Nice to have as a daily, but it is a very big car so make sure you have adequate parking!

PH
 

Corranga

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....until you put it like this:

2011 the best looking version of possibly the best looking saloon ever, in the perfect colour combo (imo) with a 4.7 V8
vs.
Not as pretty 2016 in standard dull German middle management colour combo with a boat anchor in the front.

It doesn't seem that hard a choice ;)

Still, can't deny the 2016 one is a lot of car for the cash...
 

Phil H

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I too have a problem with 'diesel' and 'Maserati' in the same sentence, but the diesels are increasingly affordable and as a daily driver it's a nice choice for many folk.

PH
 

keith

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Even though the weather is cold, it must be Spring. After all it's April the flowers are coming out and so are the Diesel detractors!
A view based on reality from an actual owner, as opposed to views based on myth and prejudice.
My Ghibli Diesel will be four years old at the end of July:-
Average over 32mpg with easily over 40 on a motorway.
RFL at about half that of the petrol
Real world performance thanks to 600nm (which is more than the Ghibli S), which is more useful and impressive in real world driving than the boy racer performance of the petrol.
Admittedly, only once warmed up, refinement in everyday driving making it indistinguishable from the petrol. Plus in Sport mode an exhaust tone that mimics the sound of Ferrari V8.
Externally nobody knows what engine the car has, as there is no badging anywhere in the outside of the car.

For those diehard petrol lovers, I would imagine you could pick up a V6 petrol model cheaper. After all the engine is woefully out of date and inefficient - just look at the new gen V6 engines coming from Korea for example. The block is (I believe an Iron lump) manufactured in the U.S by Chrysler, shipped to Ferarri for assembly as they have the facilities to do that, not to be confused with one of the proper hand fettled engines used in one of their supercars. In fact when owners say they have a V6 Ferarri manufactured engine in their Ghibli or Quartroporte, I am reminded of the first Seat Ibiza which proudly proclaimed it had an engine designed by Porsche.
Ferrari did develop the 3.0 petrol engine, but that was alongside the diesel.
Finally, given that future generations of Maserati will be pioneering electric vehicles, I am not quite sure what those Spring Diesel haters will say then - powered by a washing machine motor?!?
 

JONT-QP6

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Hi there

I actually have a 2026 QP6 Diesel. I have had it four months and I like it a lot. Things to be aware of. It is err massive. My last car was a long wheel base 7 Series and the QP is even slightly longer than that. Not sure what they did with all the space, as it has less room inside than the Beemer, but it is still more than ample. Parking it on your drive is not the issue, it’s parking it anywhere else. If you fancy taking it to a multi story you will struggle. However mostly, owners have access to other cars for this type of thing.

The Diesel engine is not the most refined, in fact a BMW straight six would beat it hands down, but the character of the engine suits the car and the sound actuator thing is brilliant, you can have a Diesel car with a petrol soundtrack. Economy is average 35 MPG and I have seen 46MPG on a run once. That is good but not fantastic, as the QP is a bit of a porker at nearly 2000KG. The handling for a big car, I think is good, in fact excellent by big car standards. The suspension and ride is very firm and it does not tackle uneven surfaces well. Great on the smooth stuff though.

The gearbox is a ZF 8 speeder, exactly the same as the 7 Series unit with the same oddities. Like it sometimes hesitates and occasionally shows harsh downshifts. Otherwise a great unit.

All round a good car, I would recommend and let’s face it, you are not likely to meet one coming the other way.

Jon



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