1973→1975 Maserati Quattroporte II

1973→1975 Maserati Quattroporte II

1973→1975 Maserati Quattroporte II

French connection. Melting a large sedan styled by Marcello Gandini at Bertone with the Citroen SM drivetrain and hydraulic suspensions. 5-speed gearbox mounted ahead of the compact V6, driving to the front wheels. Intended to compete against Fiat 130, Jaguar XJ 6, BMW 2800 and Mercedes 280 after the fuel crisis, but its weight of 1.6 tons and its size (wheelbase 3.07 meters) proved too much for the small, rev-happy engine with 190 hp. Enlarged version of 3.2 litres and 200 hp announced at Geneva motorshow in spring 1975.

Top speed 200 to 210 kph (125 to 131 mph). Bertone geared up for mass-production, but when Citroen quit Maserati in 1975 just six pre-production cars had been finished and seven more were later assembled from parts. Today 5 of 13 quattroporte II survive with serious collectors.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
production years 1973 – 1975
built at Modena, Italy
body stylist Marcello Gandini
production 13
predeccesor 1966 Maserati Quattroporte
succeccesor 1979 Maserati Quattroporte III
engine Citroen SM 90° V6
position Front, Longitudinal
valvetrain DOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
fuel feed 3 Weber 42 DCNF Carburetors
displacement 2965 cc / 180.9 in³
bore 91.6 mm / 3.61 in
stroke 75 mm / 2.95 in
compression 8.7:1
power 156.6 kw / 210.0 bhp
specific output 70.83 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 121.25 bhp per tonne
torque 265.74 nm / 196.0 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels Front Engine / FWD
front tires 205/70 VR 15 X
rear tires 205/70 VR 15 X
front wheels F 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15.0 x 7.0 in
rear wheels R 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15.0 x 7.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension Citroen SM Hydropneumatic Suspension
r suspension Citroen SM Hydropneumatic Suspension
curb weight 1732 kg / 3818 lbs
wheelbase 3070 mm / 120.9 in
front track 1520 mm / 59.8 in
rear track 1490 mm / 58.7 in
length 5200 mm / 204.7 in
width 1870 mm / 73.6 in
height 1400 mm / 55.1 in
transmission 5-Speed Automatic
top speed ~200 kph / 124.3 mph
fuel capacity 95.38 litres or 25.2 gal.