Road Tests Real world tests of Ghibli S vs BMW M3

0-60mph

Top speed

Ghibli S S Q4
176 mph
M3 (E92) Coupe
161 mph

1/4 mile

Ghibli S S Q4
13.28 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Car-autoblog view of Maserati Ghibli S

Reasons to consider the
Maserati Ghibli S S Q4

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Faster top speed 176 mph vs 161 mph 15 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More torque 406 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM vs 295 ft-lb @ 3,900 RPM Around 40% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More expensive sticker price $77k vs $60k Around 30% more expensive harder to own
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Faster in the quarter mile 12.5 s vs 13.28 s More than 5% faster at the drag strip
Way higher redline 8,400 RPM vs 6,500 RPM Around 30% more revs
Bigger engine 3,999 cc vs 2,979 cc Around 35% bigger engine
Lighter curb weight 3,649 lb vs 4,123 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Better power-to-weight ratio 8.69 lb/hp vs 10.21 lb/hp Around 15% better power-to-weight ratio

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Ghibli S  vs
BMW M3 
Brand Maserati BMW
Price 76,900 59,625
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2014 2008
City mileage 15 MPG 14 MPG
Highway mileage 25 MPG 20 MPG

transmission

Drivetrain 4x4 RWD w/M Differential Lock
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 8 6

engine

Displacement 2,979 cc 3,999 cc
Cylinders V6 V8
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 9.7:1 12:1
Bore/stroke 3.41 in / 3.33 in 3.62 in / 2.96 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC

road tests

Ghibli S  vs
BMW M3 
Top speed 176 mph 161 mph
1/4 mile 13.28 s 12.5 s
0-60mph 4.71 s 4.4 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 10.21 lb/hp 8.69 lb/hp
Maximum hp 404 HP @ 5,500 RPM 420 HP @ 8,300 RPM
Maximum torque 406 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM 295 ft-lb @ 3,900 RPM
Max RPM 6,500 RPM 8,400 RPM
Weight distribution 50%/50% 51%/49%
Steering system Unknown Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 14.17 in Ventilated Disc Disc
Rear brakes 13.78 in Ventilated Disc Disc
Front wheels 235/50 18 457/? 215

physical dimensions

Curb weight 4,123 lb 3,649 lb
Width 76.6 in 71.5 in
Height 57.5 in 55.8 in
Length 195.7 in 181.7 in
Front track width 64.4 in 60.6 in
Wheelbase 118 in 108.7 in
Maserati Ghibli S S Q4
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BMW M3 (E92) Coupe
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