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Published on September 27th, 2017 | by James Ayre

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Maserati Ghibli GranLusso — Maserati’s 1st Self-Driving Vehicle

September 27th, 2017 by  


While the unveiling event was around a month ago (so, this news report is a bit late), I want to go ahead here and draw attention to the unveiling of Maserati’s Ghibli GranLusso at the recent Chengdu Motor Show.

Since the model represents Maserati’s first car to feature notable self-driving features, it bears some interest. After all, if even Maserati — a company that makes its money selling the “high-performance sports car driving experience” — is now planning to offer self-driving features, then that really seems to say something about where the auto industry is headed.

Hype Beast provides some further information: “The Ghibli GranLusso features a new front bumper, a revised grille, rear extractor, and supplementary chrome accents. Maserati says the minor changes aren’t purely cosmetic but used to make the vehicle more aerodynamic.

“Technological updates mentioned by Maserati hints the vehicle will allow the company to ‘enter the world of autonomous driving’ with a variety of new driver assistance systems. Engine options will remain the same with the inclusion of a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that has outputs of 345 HP (257 kW) and 404 HP (301 kW).”

Enjoy the pictures (arguably the best part about Maserati’s cars are the looks).

In related news, Maserati will now reportedly be releasing two electrified models by the year 2020 — meaning that an about-face has been made on comments made not that long ago. Here’s the link for those who want more on that topic: FCA & Marchionne Pull 180 — Two Electric Maseratis Planned For 2020.





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's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.



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