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Many of the world's artistic geniuses have called Italy home, but not all of them were 15th-century painters.

For the last century, some of the country's most beautiful creations have been award-winning luxury automobiles imbued with sleek body design, responsive and intuitive handling, and unsurpassed technical specs.

Maserati engineers are the natural heirs to the Italian legacy of innovation and superior aesthetics.

The anticipated 2018 models of the Maserati Ghibli, the GranLusso and GranSport, take everything auto connoisseurs love about Maserati and add even more technical and luxury features.

“The Ghibli for 2018 is offered in GranLusso and GranSport form, each comprehensively equipped according to your precise personal wishes," according to Maserati. "With the GranLusso, the emphasis is on luxury and comfort. With the GranSport, it’s more about directly engaging dynamics.”

In the new age of the Italian sports car, Maserati isn't content to rest on its significant laurels the automaker is pushing the envelope again with the Ghibli models' new features.

The Italian tradition of speed and style

In the 20th century, Italian innovators began creating new breeds of race cars with sleek modeling and mechanical innovation.

Enter the Maserati brothers: Alfieri, Ettore and Ernesto.

Passionate about engineering and obsessed with the pursuit of the ultimate racing machine, they build a new breed of fast cars and founded the Maserati company in 1914.

After numerous successes, the company continued to innovate through the middle of the century.

“The first Maserati Ghibli was designed and unveiled at the Turin Motor show of 1966," according to the Ghibli design timeline. "It followed a tradition pioneered by Maserati with the glorious A6 1500 of 1947: it was a grand tourer ... It delivered on the promise of glorious style, high-powered luxury and peerless comfort over almost any distance the owner cared to consider.”

The new model takes its name from the fast and exotic African wind that blows an incredible distance from the interior highlands of Libya to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

“Massively popular right from the start, the Ghibli has helped Maserati achieve its highest ever sales volume the prefect celebration for its centenary year,” according to the company.

Interior features of the Ghibli

Every Maserati Ghibli combines the peak of Italian craftsmanship in both the technical and aesthetic design elements.

On the inside, the world-renowned fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna produces the all-leather, stylish interior. You can choose from three colors of leather and can even select two-tone leather interior themes.

The Ghibli also boasts the latest dashboard computer technology with an 8.4-inch display, complete with a top-of-the-line navigation system, precise climate control, and precision audio options.

Step into luxury with the GranLusso

With its iconic Maserati grill and precision exterior molding, driving a Maserati GranLusso is sure to turn heads.

"The base model Ghibli is equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 345 horsepower with 369 ft-lb of torque," according to Maserati of Kirkland. "The 345 horsepower engine has a max speed of 166 mph and can accelerate from 0-60 in 5.5 seconds."

Maserati is obsessed with detail and each part of the Ghibli, no matter which options you select, is designed and coordinated with expert care.

Speed past the competition with the GranSport

The GranSport trim is perfect for someone seeking a vehicle that streams past the road competition.

The GranSport pack includes speed and performance upgrades like racer seats, paddle shifts on the steering wheel and adjustable Skyhook electronic dampers.

The sport model also has "additional power allowing the Ghibli S and S Q4 to reach a maximum speed of 177 mph and accelerate from 0-60 in only 4.9 seconds," according to Maserati of Kirkland.

Choose luxury and performance

Owning a Maserati places you at the crossroads of historical prestige and futuristic innovation.

Maserati is now a global brand operating in over 70 markets and "Unlike any other manufacturer, Maserati has succeeded in instilling within its cars both heritage and innovation, past and future, memory and vision. Its heart may be rooted in its Italian heritage, but its eyes are firmly focused on the future.”

To learn more about features of the GranLusso and GranSport and go for a test drive, request an appointment from an expert at Maserati of Kirkland.

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