Maserati Ghibli, Levante FTributo Special Edition Honorary Female Racer

Maserati has just introduced its first EV in the form of the new GranTurismo, but it joins an established lineup that is now earning the love of the company. The Italian automaker has announced two new FTributo Special Edition models – the Ghibli and the Levante. The FTributo car pays homage to Maria Teresa De Filippis, the first woman to qualify for a Formula 1 Grand Prix – and she did so on a Maserati 250F.

Maserati will offer the limited-series FTributo Ghibli and Levante in orange Arancio Devil or Grigio Lamiera gray. The color of the bodywork determines the trim. The company will pair orange with cobalt blue, which Maserati features on the rim details, FTributo fender badge and C-pillar trident. These touches are painted orange on the car with a gray exterior.

The Levante FTributo will arrive with 21-inch Anteo wheels, while the Ghibli will sport 21-inch Titano wheels. The orange car receives alloy wheels finished in the new Grigio Opaco color, while the gray model gets glossy black wheels.

Inside, the Maserati complements the cabin with touches of cobalt blue and orange stitching. The company pairs the color combination with black or orange and full-grain leather (PienoFiore).

The FTributo upgrade is purely visual. Maserati made no mention of tweaking the car’s powertrain. The Ghibli is available with a 572-horsepower (420-kilowatt) V8 in the Trofeo or a twin-turbocharged V6 producing 345 (253 kW) or 424 hp (311 kW) in lower trims. The Maserati Levante comes with a V8 engine producing 523 hp (384 kW) or 572 hp – at the Trofeo – and a 424-hp V6.

Before becoming the first woman to compete in Formula 1, De Filippis, who earned the nickname “The She-Devil”, was ninth overall and fourth in the 2.0 liter class in the 39th Targa Florio in October 1955. She drove a Maserati A6GCS with Luigi Bellucci. He raced in F1 in 1958, again in Maserati.

Maserati referred to the Special Edition FTributo model as a limited series, but did not specify how limited. The company also did not divulge when the model will be available or the price.

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