1977→1983 Maserati Kyalami

1977→1983 Maserati Kyalami

1977→1983 Maserati Kyalami

In the first year under Alejandro De Tomaso’s leadership, Maserati unveiled a new model called the Kyalami which shared its basic layout and elements with the De Tomaso Longchamp coupé.

Powered by Maserati’s reliable 4.2 V8, the Kyalami was seen as a transition model while the new management formulated their future plans. Even so, it proved worthy of the Trident badge.

Unveiled at the 1976 Geneva motor show, it revived a notchback four-seater coupé philosophy which had been discontinued with the last Mexico four years earlier, and fittingly took its name from the South-African race track where Pedro Rodriguez won the 1967 F1 Grand Prix driving a Cooper-Maserati T81. The Kyalami was Pietro Frua’s last creation for Maserati, crowning a successful collaboration initiated 25 years earlier.

The 4.2 litre V8 produced 265 hp (later reduced to 253 hp with a new exhaust) powering the Khamsin to a top speed of 235 kph (146 mph). The sub-frame mounted independent rear suspension descended from the Khamsin, with disc brakes installed.


The Kyalami appealed to a clientele favouring comfort and understated elegance for long journeys. The ride was supple and the interior was plush, with Connolly leather enrobing the seats, suede covering the dashboard and thick carpets completing the picture. Out of 200 Kyalamis produced, 25 were specified with a 3-speed automatic Borg-Warner gearbox. The model remained in production until 1983 after which the Maserati range would remain without a V8 coupé until 1990 and the arrival of the Shamal.

Story by Maserati S.p.A.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
production years 1977 – 1983
built at Modena, Italy
production 200
engine 90° V8
ignition Electronic Ignition
valvetrain DOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed 4 Weber 42 DCNF Carburetors
displacement 4930 cc / 300.8 in³
bore 93.9 mm / 3.7 in
stroke 89 mm / 3.5 in
compression 8.5:1
power 208.8 kw / 280.0 bhp @ 5600 rpm
specific output 56.8 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 160.0 bhp per tonne
torque 423.0 nm / 312 ft lbs @ 3800 rpm
redline 6500
wheel type Cast Aluminum Alloy
front tires 205/70 VR 15 XDX Michelin Tubeless
rear tires 205/70 VR 15 XDX Michelin Tubeless
front brakes Vented Discs
rear brakes Vented Discs
front wheels F 38.1 x 19.1 cm / 15 x 7.5 in
rear wheels R 38.1 x 19.1 cm / 15 x 7.5 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Dampers
r suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Dampers
curb weight 1750 kg / 3859 lbs
wheelbase 2600 mm / -1.0 in
front track 1520 mm / 59.8 in
rear track 1520 mm / 59.8 in
length 4610 mm / 181.5 in
width 1870 mm / 73.6 in
height 1320 mm / 52.0 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual
tran clutch Single Dry Plate
gear ratios 2.99:1, 1.90:1, 1.32:1, 1.00:1, 0.89:1
final drive 3.54:1
top speed ~241.35 kph / 150 mph
0 – 100 kph ~7.6 seconds
fuel capacity 100 litres or 26.40 gal.