2024 Maserati Ghibli 334 Ultima and Levante V8 Ultima Send Off the V8
The special editions will be the last Maserati V8 models; both debut at this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed.
We knew it was coming, but it doesn't make it any less sad. Maserati is commemorating the end of the line for its V8 engines with a pair of special edition models. Both the Maserati Ghibli 334 Ultima and Levante V8 Ultima will be limited to just 103 units each, and house the final, 572-horsepower evolution of the current 90-degree V8 engine.
The Ghibli 334 Ultima is the sedan-shaped send-off, and the more unique of these special editions. Its name is derived from its top speed in kilometers per hour—207.5 mph in American—making the final Ghibli no less than the fastest internal combustion sedan in the world. Maserati has also chopped almost half a second off the dash to 100 km/h (62 mph), which now happens in 3.9 seconds. The Italian company has accomplished this through new tires with a unique compound, along with a carbon fiber exterior aero kit. The front bumper plates, door handles, mirror caps, rear spoiler, and roof pillars are all weaved up.
All 103 examples of the car come dipped in the pretty Scià di Persia paint, a pretty (and exclusive) blue paying homage to the 5000 GT Scià di Persia of 1959; the first Maser to come with a V8. Big 334 Ultima badges above the characteristic fender portholes announce this special edition, in the same Rubino red as the trident logos peppered around the car.
Inside, the Ghibli 334 Ultima gets a two-tone treatment for its seats, with Pale Terracotta leather enveloping black Alcantara centers. Of course, the headrests are emblazoned with "334 Ultima" stitching, and there's a special edition, numbered plaque on the center console.
The Levante V8 Ultima doesn't see an increased top speed, but it does get its own round of style updates. Based on the existing Trofeo, the V8 Ultima also features the carbon fiber body kit. Rolling stock consists of 22-inch wheels, one inch larger than the same design found on the Ghibli. The SUV features prominent red badging as well, contrasting with the high-gloss black of the wheels, brake calipers, and trim pieces. Buyers will have a choice of two exterior shades here: Blu Royale and Nero Assoluto.
Interior updates mirror those of the Ghibli, with tan-and-black seating and a numbered plaque.
Maserati won't just be celebrating the past at this weekend's Festival of Speed, however. The brand will be bringing along the GranTurismo, its sleek coupe, in both one-off Prisma and all-electric Folgore forms. The former features a unique gradient-style exterior, while the latter boasts 750 horsepower and nearly 1,000 pound-feet of torque. The stunning MC20 Cielo supercar will also be present, featuring the brand's 621-horsepower Nettuno V6 engine. We drove a detuned version of that engine in the new Grecale Trofeo this spring and came away impressed. Speaking of the brand's baby SUV, the Grecale Folgore electrifies that high-rider; it will be present at Goodwood's Electric Avenue.
Pricing and availability details of the 2024 Maserati Ghibli 334 Ultima and Levante V8 Ultima will come closer to launch.
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