Limited to just 200 cars worldwide, Maserati’s new Ribelle brings a dark refinement to the Italian marque’s Ghibli sports saloon and we love it.
The first thing to notice about the new car is the colour. Rolls-Royce aren’t the only carmakers that can go dark. Here, the unique, metallic Nero Ribelle mica colour has been draped over the entire Ghibli, emphasising the sophisticated curves of the chassis.
The main colour is paired perfectly with the shiny black 19-inch Proteo alloy wheels. In fact, the only lights in the darkness are the laser-etched red details of the alloys and the bright red brake callipers just visible underneath.
The card suit contrast is more obvious in the driver’s seat, with a domineering two-tone dashboard, red armrests against black door panels, and contrasting red stitching across the leather sports seats. At the centre of it all is the seal of approval, the trident logo in a black piano finish on the central console.
As for performance, the car is available with all three Maserati engines, despite being a limited edition. Of course, it wouldn’t do for a car this dark and predatory to have anything other than the marque’s twin-turbo V6 and the riotous 430 horsepower it pumps out.
Not that you need to hear that roar from the inside; the Ghibli Ribelle is available with the like-named Ribelle package, which adds more sound and thermal insulation and a Harman Kardon sound system.
A beautiful entry for Masterati into the world of automotive limited editions, it’s a dark, sophisticate and almost sinister car with the combined performance and comfort the Italian marque is known for. If this is the direction that Maserati are going in, we’re more than on board; we’re putting our names down for one of the 200 Ghibli Ribelles available.
More at: www.maserati.com