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The Ghibli has standard Anti-Whiplash Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Anti-Whiplash Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The RS 3 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Ghibli offers an optional Surround View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The RS 3 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the Ghibli and the RS 3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Ghibli has a standard 850-amp battery. The RS 3’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.
The battery on the Ghibli is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Ghibli’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The RS 3’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.
The Ghibli’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 354) than the RS 3’s 2.5 turbo 5-cylinder. The Ghibli S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 30 more horsepower (424 vs. 394) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (428 vs. 354) than the RS 3’s 2.5 turbo 5-cylinder.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Ghibli’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The RS 3 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Ghibli has 6.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the RS 3 (21.1 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Ghibli has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The RS 3 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Maserati Ghibli, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the RS 3.
The Ghibli stops shorter than the RS 3:
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For better traction, the Ghibli has larger standard tires than the RS 3 (F:245/45R19 & R:275/40R19 vs. 235/35R19).
The Ghibli’s optional 285/30R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RS 3’s optional 35 series rear tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ghibli offers optional 21-inch wheels. The RS 3’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.
The Ghibli’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The RS 3 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghibli’s wheelbase is 14.4 inches longer than on the RS 3 (118 inches vs. 103.6 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ghibli is 3 inches wider in the front and 4.9 inches wider in the rear than on the RS 3.
The Ghibli’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the RS 3’s (58.2% to 41.8%). This gives the Ghibli more stable handling and braking.
The design of the Maserati Ghibli amounts to more than styling. The Ghibli has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is significantly lower than the RS 3 (.33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Ghibli get better fuel mileage.
As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Ghibli S Q4 is quieter than the RS 3 (78 vs. 88 dB).
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Ghibli a Large car, while the RS 3 is rated a Subcompact.
The Ghibli has 22 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RS 3 (108 vs. 86).
The Ghibli has 2.3 inches more front headroom, 3 inches more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear headroom and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the RS 3.
The Ghibli has a much larger trunk than the RS 3 (17.6 vs. 10 cubic feet).
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Ghibli’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The RS 3 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.
The engine in the Ghibli is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the RS 3. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.
The Ghibli has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The RS 3 doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.
The Ghibli has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The RS 3 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
When two different drivers share the Ghibli, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, foot pedal distance, outside mirror angle and radio stations. The RS 3 doesn’t offer a memory system.
The Ghibli’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The RS 3 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The Ghibli’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The RS 3 does not have an oil pressure gauge.
The Ghibli’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The RS 3’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ghibli offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The RS 3 doesn’t offer cornering lights.
A power rear sunshade is optional in the Ghibli to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The RS 3 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.
When the Ghibli is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The RS 3’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
Both the Ghibli and the RS 3 have standard heated front seats. The Ghibli also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the RS 3.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the Ghibli keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The RS 3 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
On extremely cold winter days, the Ghibli’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The RS 3 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Ghibli is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The RS 3 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
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