1986 Maserati 228


1986 Maserati 228

1986 Maserati 228

The 228 was also referred to as the 228i or “iniezione” on some company brochures and commercial documentation, but the model was in fact one and the same. Larger and longer than the Biturbo, it featured a similar design, though with softer surface treatment and with no panels in common.

As a 5-seater notchback coupé in the ilk of the Kyalami, Mexico or 3500 GT, it was based on the long (2.6 metres) wheelbase chassis of the four-door Biturbo sedan, and styled by free-lance designer Pierangelo Andreani.

The interior was opulent with leather and wood trim and the typical Maserati clock. The prototype featured twin cam/4-valve-heads and twin-plug ignition, still with a single carburettor, and was presented at the 70th anniversary of Officine A. Maserati SpA, on 14 December 1984.

The production car reverted to single cam/3-valve-heads, single ignition and fuel injection, and was introduced in Spring 1986 at the Turin Motor Show. Power output reached 250 HP from 2.8 litres, down to 225 HP with catalyser but still with plenty of low-down torque.

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In Detail

type Series Production Car
built at Italy
production 469
engine 90° V6
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Twin IHI Water-Cooled Turbos
ignition Electronic Ignition
valvetrain DOHC, 3 Valves per Cyl
displacement 2789 cc / 170.2 in³
bore 94 mm / 3.7 in
stroke 67 mm / 2.64 in
compression 7.7:1
power 186.4 kw / 250.0 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output 89.64 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 196.7 bhp per tonne
torque 372.85 nm / 275.0 ft lbs @ 6000 rpm
body / frame Unitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheels RWD
front tires 225/55VR15
rear tires 225/55VR15
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 MacPherson Struts w/Telescopic Dampers, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Semi-Trailing Arms w/Telescopic Dampers, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 1271 kg / 2800 lbs
wheelbase 2600 mm / 102.4 in
front track 1540 mm / 60.6 in
rear track 1550 mm / 61.0 in
length 4460 mm / 175.6 in
width 1865 mm / 73.4 in
height 1330 mm / 52.4 in
transmission Getrag 5-Speed Manual
top speed ~235 kph / 146.0 mph
0 – 100 kph ~5.6 seconds