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Hey guys,

Just wanted to share some information about the process of tuning my Ghibli (2018 model), maybe this will help someone out there going through the same process as me.

I've spent countless hours of reading and researching on forums and the internet about ECU tunes and piggyback tuners from different brands and companies and finally made up my mind to go with Formula Dynamics.

My decision was, in part, made based on the fact that Formula Dynamics specialises only in Maserati cars (and Ferrari). It is the only company that I've found that does only our cars, every other tuning/performance company out there seems to be doing multiple brands of cars. Also, the people at Formula Dynamics have given me an amazing feedback and customer service so far.

I also went with ECU tuning (vs piggyback) to have a more fitting and personalised tune. Altought the piggyback tuners are a cheaper option, the fact that they are all generic products makes it less attractive for me.

I've just shipped out my ECU for tuning today and should have it back soon in 2 days. I'll let you guys know how the rest of the process go and I can also provide a feedback of the tune once I get my ECU back.

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Arter sending the tune to Formula Dynamics, they shipped the tune back to me overnight the following day.

Btw taking out the ECU and putting it back is very simple: a plastic cover to take off, 2 wires to disconnect and a screw to take out to free the ECU and pull it out.

There was a check engine light when I put back the ECU and Formula Dynamics helped me sort it out. In the end it was just a safety measure taken by the car’s computer that noted the ECU being pulled out. It took a few drive cycles and when the car realized nothing was wrong, the check engine light went away on it’s own.

As for the tune itself, it pulls really hard! A lot of meat in the mid-range so you really feel it. The acceleration of the car is drastically improved. Feels like it shaved at least a half second in the 1/4 mile, possibly more... The dynamics and drivability of the car hasn’t changed much in my opinion, so unless you floor it, you couldn’t tell there is anything done on the car.

I’ve had very powerful cars before the Ghibli including 2 Hellcats (manual and automatic) and I was finding the acceleration to be missing some punch. Now with the tune, it really changes the acceleration feeling. Not Hellcat level of acceleration but still very respectable.

Overall the experience with Formula Dynamics was amazing, the customer service is top notch, they were quick to tune and ship back and delivered as promised and the tune is pulling as hard as expected and maintains the smooth drivability.

Litte side note, the best way to launch the Ghibli is to take traction control off, hold the brake, floor it (won’t go pass 3k rpm) and release the brake. With the Q4 system, this launch puts you back in your seat like it should. Without this technic the launches are a little bit better with the ECU but still soft launches because of the boost building up.

Hope this helps some of you!
 

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this was very helpful thank you for the insight. I had a stage 2 audi s5 that pulled harder than the Ghibli so i look forward to this tune. Also It sounds like the ghibli has launch control if you hold the brake and floor it and it wont go pass 3k rpm. My audi had a similar system and it was launch control.
 

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I’m glad it helped!

Yes it’s exactly like a launch control mode.

It’s a totally different car that’s launching with launch control+ECU tune, compared to the stock Ghibli without using the launch control.

I think you will be impressed by the difference from stock, it will definitly pull harder than your stage 2 S5. Let me know if you do the ECU and what you think about it.
 
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