1988→1993 Maserati Karif


1988→1993 Maserati Karif

1988→1993 Maserati Karif

Karif was the name of an African wind, chosen to respect the Maserati tradition of using wind names for the designation of its GT cars (Mistral, Ghibli, Khamsin, etc). The proportions were rather unusual for such a high-performance coupé. In fact it was the result of a no-nonsense approach: the Karif’s lines were derived closely from those of the Biturbo Spyder with a rigid roof welded on. The aim was to create a rigid body that would enhance the handling qualities of the shorter wheelbase model.

The colour and trim treatment followed the style of the Biturbo S range, thus with two-tone paint, blacked out chrome trim and an elegant interior clad in wood and leather. Though the car was equipped with occasional rear seats, it was basically a 2-seater but with a sense of airiness due to the large windows and thin posts.

Mechanically, the car was equipped with the most powerful version of the twin turbo V6 available at the time, of 2.8-litre capacity. Rated at 285 hp it was claimed to be good enough for a top speed of over 255kph, despite later versions being de-tuned by way of a catalytic exhaust. The relatively light overall weight combined with a 5-speed manual gearbox with special short ratios to add to the sense of performance. The Karif gained a reputation for being a demanding driver’s car, of which just 222 found their way in the hands of true enthusiasts.

Story by Maserati S.p.A.

In Detail

tagsbiturbo
submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
production years1988 – 1993
built atItaly
production221
engine90° V6
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationTwin IHI Water-Cooled Turbos
valvetrainDOHC 3 Valves / Cyl
displacement2790 cc / 170.3 in³
bore94 mm / 3.7 in
stroke67 mm / 2.64 in
compression7.8:1
power212.5 kw / 285.0 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output102.15 bhp per litre
bhp/weight218.39 bhp per tonne
torque432.51 nm / 319.0 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
body / frameUnitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheelsRWD
front tires205/50VR15
rear tires225/50VR15
front brakesVented Discs
front wheelsF 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15.0 x 7.0 in
rear wheelsR 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15.0 x 7.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspensionMacPherson Struts w/Telescopic Dampers, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionSemi-Trailing Arms w/Telescopic Dampers, Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight1305 kg / 2875 lbs
wheelbase2400 mm / 94.5 in
front track1500 mm / 59.1 in
rear track1475 mm / 58.1 in
length4043 mm / 159.2 in
width1714 mm / 67.5 in
height1310 mm / 51.6 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
top speed~255 kph / 158.4 mph
0 – 100 kph~4.8 seconds