Clocking up miles with Miles

Clocking up miles with Miles

Jazz lover Noel Dennis, Associate Dean of York St John University Business School, turns up the volume of a Miles Davis album and loses himself on Yorkshire’s country roads in the exhilarating Maserati Ghibli.

The Maserati brand epitomises elegance, luxury and performance. So I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the latest addition to the Maserati portfolio – the Ghibli. The introduction of the Ghibli is a smart move by Maserati in my view, and opens up a whole new segment for them. With a starting price of just £49,160 the Ghibli is very reasonably priced (for a luxury car) – yet still has all the characteristics and quality you would expect from a Maserati.

When I collected the car from JCT600 Brooklands in Leeds, I was struck by the aesthetic beauty of the showroom (the sparkling Maseratis and Ferraris were in abundance) and also by the professionalism of the staff. The car I had the pleasure of driving was a diesel model, finished in Grigio Metallo, with a variety of extra features and packs. I was ushered to the Ghibli and was immediately impressed by its beautiful design. It is such an elegant and stylish car, with classic Maserati looks – such as the long bonnet, the classic grille, and, of course, that striking Maserati logo. This is a car that oozes style and attracts looks of envy from other drivers on the road. Trust me, it turned some heads!

The interior of the car is incredibly luxurious, with beautiful hand-stitched leather seats that hug you into position and create a comfortable driving position. I was very impressed by the Ghibli’s elegant dashboard and sophisticated touch screen technology. The sound system was also very impressive (as a jazz musician, something that I really look for in a car) and so I managed to listen to some of my favourite Miles Davis albums whilst putting the Ghibli through its paces.

Maseratti 02

There were copious things I liked about the car, but I was particularly struck by the mellifluous sound of the Ghibli’s engine. You would not know that the Ghibli Diesel is a diesel, thanks to the talented engineers at Maserati, who have ‘orchestrated’ the exhaust to make the sounds you would expect of a high performance sports car. Pop the car into sport mode and the exhaust roars!

The Ghibli is an exciting drive, with the smooth 8-speed automatic gearbox doing the work, allowing the driver to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. In eco-mode the ride is very smooth, almost too smooth, but change to sport mode and put your foot down and the car takes off, pinning you to your seat with the orchestral sounds from the exhaust moving from Ravel to Schoenberg!

I put the Ghibli into sport mode and set about challenging some of North Yorkshire’s country roads (listening to Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew) and was really impressed by its performance, with the powerful 3.0-litre V6 engine achieving 0-60 in just 6.3 seconds.

I obviously drove responsibly and within the speed limits, but I was acutely aware that the Ghibli had a lot more to give and, had I been on an open track, I have no doubt it would have reached its top speed of 155 mph with absolutely no trouble at all. The Ghibli handled like a sports car, hugging the corners, gripping the road and just generally providing an inspirational driving experience – exactly what you would expect from a Maserati!

After my fun on the country roads, I switched the car back into eco-mode, changed the soundtrack to Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue and headed along the motorway back to Leeds. I was impressed by the smooth ride and how good the fuel consumption was on this leg of the journey. I was averaging around 43 mpg (very good for a car with a 3.0-litre V6 engine), which demonstrates that this car will not cost a small fortune to run.

And so I arrived back at the dealership and my adventure with the Ghibli had come to an end. I had one last listen to the orchestral exhaust; switched off the engine and headed back to York St John Business School - buzzing about this phenomenal car! n

Noel drove the Maserati Ghibli, prices start from £49,160. Supplied by JCT600 Brooklands, Ring Road, Lower Wortley, Leeds, LS12 6AA.
Thanks to Tomlinson Contractors for the location.