The 422 was introduced in 1988 in replacement of the Maserati 420. In fact, it replaced all previous versions of the 420 family at one fell swoop, including the 420Si which gave it its mechanicals.
The model name can be interpreted as follows: the 4 stands for four doors, the first 2 designates the use of a 2.0-litre engine, whilst the second 2 refers to double overhead camshafts, but also indicates that this was the second series of the model.
The car was lightly restyled, mainly with a rounder front grille chrome surround, new rearview mirrors and 5-bolt alloy wheels.
Logically, the performances were in line with those of the 420Si.
Production reached 978 units in four years.
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Maserati 422 In Detail
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|type||Series Production Car|
|production years||1988 – 1992|
|predeccesor||1985 Maserati 420|
|aspiration||Twin IHI Water-Cooled Turbos|
|valvetrain||DOHC, 3 Valves per Cyl|
|displacement||1996 cc / 121.8 in³|
|bore||82 mm / 3.23 in|
|stroke||63 mm / 2.48 in|
|power||164.1 kw / 220 bhp @ 6250 rpm|
|specific output||110.22 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||170.02 bhp per tonne|
|torque||262.35 nm / 193.5 ft lbs @ 3500 rpm|
|body / frame||Unitary Steel Monocoque|
|front brakes||Ventilated Discs|
|rear brakes||Ventilated Discs|
|front wheels||F 38.1 x 16.5 cm / 15 x 6.5 in|
|rear wheels||R 38.1 x 16.5 cm / 15 x 6.5 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||1294 kg / 2850 lbs|
|wheelbase||2600 mm / 102.4 in|
|front track||1442 mm / 56.8 in|
|rear track||1453 mm / 57.2 in|
|length||4400 mm / 173.2 in|
|width||1730 mm / 68.1 in|
|height||1310 mm / 51.6 in|
|top speed||~225 kph / 139.8 mph|
|0 – 60 mph||~6.2 seconds|